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SFI CHRISTMAS GIFT BY STATE GOVERNMENT

Friday December 2, 2011

Malacca govt waives SFI’s RM1.2mil quit rent arrears

MALACCA: It is the best Christmas gift for St Francis Institution (SFI) as the state government has waived the school’s RM1.2mil quit rent arrears and was told it only had to pay RM1 for quit rent in the future.

State Education, Youth and Sports Committee chairman Datuk Gan Tian Loo said the decision to waive the quit rent was made two weeks ago during the state exco meeting.

He conveyed the news to the school during a meeting yesterday.

SFI principal Lee Bun Chuan and director Rev Bro Ambrose Loke had appealed to Gan for help after the school was served with a notice to settle the arrears.

It was required to pay RM12,000 annually to the state Land and Mines Office but had not done so since 1967. The arrears came up to RM200,000 and the late penalties amounted to RM976,000.

Being an old boy, Gan said he would help the school to pay its quit rent for the next 100 years and contributed RM100 yesterday.

Founded in 1880 by Rev Fr Maximilsian de Souza, the 131-year-old mission school is located within the Unesco World Heritage site and has 1,165 students.

Meanwhile, Gan noted that the problems of several other schools with huge quit rent arrears had been amicably solved and they too need only pay a nominal RM1 annually.

The schools include SMK Canossa Convent, Pay Fong Middle School, SJK (C) Pay Fong I, SJK (C) Pay Teck, SJK (C) Ek Te in Tanjung Kling and SJK (C) Yu Sin in Kuala Linggi, with more than RM2mil quit rent in arrears in total.