Penang govt welcomes plan to preserve character of convent schools

The Convent Light Street (above) and Convent Pulau Tikus were taken over by the education ministry in 1972 to be used as federal-assisted schools.

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government has welcomed the plan by the Sisters of the Infant Jesus (SIJ) Malaysia to preserve the character and ethos of the convent schools in the state.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state was happy to note that the Sisters had no intention to sell the land and buildings of the convent schools on Light Street and in Pulau Tikus for redevelopment.

In a statement, Chow said he met with nine representatives of owners yesterday, who updated him on the status of the schools.

“It was a fruitful one-hour meeting at Komtar where the state obtained a clearer picture of the situation,” he said.

“The state was informed that the Sisters intended to preserve the character and ethos of the convent schools.

“We were told that the Sisters were looking into the possibility of providing education that is in line with the ethos of the convent schools.”

Chow said the state government understood that the Sisters had asked for the premises, which were taken over by the education ministry in 1972 to be used as federal-assisted schools, to be returned to them.

He said the application process started in September 2016 and their request had since been approved by the ministry late last year.

The schools’ representatives were led by the Lady Superior of Saint Maur, Sister Mary Theresa Chua.

Also present at the meeting was Deputy Chief Minister (II) P Ramasamy.