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Convent Bukit Nanas Alumni Started A Petition Regarding The School’s Demolition

Written by: Aina Safuan

Edited by: Izzati Azali

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 April - Petition to prevent school demolition by Convent Bukit Nanas alumni has been spread all over social media to seek help and support from the public for the renewal of the school lease.

Convent Bukit Nanas or CBN for short is a school in a historic building that’s placed in the heart of Kuala Lumpur known for the girls located besides Bukit Nanas forest reserve, unique for its architecture that has been preserved for 122 years long.

According to sources taken from The Edge Markets, it is understood that Convent Bukit Nanas’ land lease due expires in Sept 6, 2021 and the land is going to the development plan of KL City Plan 2020 under Federal Territory Planning Act 1982 as a public facility and heritage zone. The renewal of the lease has been rejected on Dec 8, 2020 which the school has filed the renewal document 3 years before to the Land and Mines Office on Oct 4, 2020. The news has got everyone evoke, especially the alumni of the school which they are eminently interested in helping the school to fight for the historical land.

“If Convent Bukit Nanas (CBN) is demolished, KL would lose another building of significant architectural interest. KL would have no architectural history left, like Le Coq d'Or Mansion, now turned into W Hotel, the iconic Pudu Jail into some world class development.”

Vanidah Imran, one of the former alumni has shared her concern towards the news through her Instagram account by stating that Kuala Lumpur will no longer have a prominent touch of history if CBN is being eradicated.

Over the past, CBN has produced a long list of powerful and influential women all over Malaysia such as Adibah Noor, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan and Raja Eleena, to name a few. The school itself represents all the greatness in education, shaping young girls in multiple paramount ways to serve for the country.

“Simple in virtue, Steadfast in duty is CBN’s motto. Now it is our duty to save our school.”

Datuk Ambiga Sreenavasan, another former alumni posted on her Twitter account alongside with the link to the petition campaign and advised all students, teachers and alumni to gather hand in hand to show support towards their school.

Many others have expressed their opposition to the school's demolition on social media, claiming that Convent Bukit Nanas is more than just a school, and that it has turned them into wonderful people to this day.

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