KUALA LUMPUR: The trustees of Convent Bukit Nanas had objected to attempts to gazette the school as a heritage site in 2008, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Nancy Shukri said today.
She said the National Heritage Department had, in May 2008, initiated the process to gather all information and documents to gazette the school under the National Heritage Act 2005 (Act 645) after taking into consideration and justifying the historical and architectural significance of the school.
However, she said, after several processes, the school’s trustees had on 12 July 2010, submitted a Notice of Protest through their lawyers to the heritage commissioner and a hearing session was held on 08 April 2011.
“On 21 July 2011, the heritage commissioner, after careful consideration and deliberation, decided not to proceed with the gazetting of the school as a heritage site,” she said in a statement here yesterday.
She was replying to the questions raised by the public regarding the alleged lack of efforts taken by the government to gazette Convent Bukit Nanas as a heritage, considering its significant contributions to the national education system since 1899.
Nancy said the ministry now welcomes the convent’s trustees to consider and nominate the school to be gazetted as a heritage site for the purpose of conserving, preserving and protecting its heritage.
She said this will not affect its ownership, custody and administration.
“It will not take away the land ownership as it will remain with the official owner as stated in the Official Search,” she said.
She also called on all quarters to work together to preserve and protect the country’s heritage, both gazetted and non-gazetted. – Bernama