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It’s highland schools, not High School, insists Idris Haron

6 August 2014 @ 8:18 PM

Roshidi Abu Samah roshidi@nst.com.my

MALACCA: A poor understanding of the English language has been identified as the main reason that led to the Malacca High School (MHS) or SMK Tinggi Melaka relocation fiasco.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said his suggestion during one of the weekly Exco meetings earlier this year for an investigation to be conducted on the safety of 'highland schools' such as Sekolah Menengah Sains Muzaffar Shah, has been misinterpreted by certain quarters as 'land at the high school (MHS).

He clarified that the so-called plan by the state administration to relocate the historical city’s oldest school, which drew outcry from the public and the schools’ alumni, was never discussed in the weekly state executive councillor meeting.

"No exco paper has been tabled to discuss any proposal to relocate the school.

"The concerned parties need not worry as the state administration has agreed that all schools in the heritage areas in Banda Hilir, including the MHS will not be touched for any development project," he told reporters after chairing the weekly state executive councillor meeting.

Idris also said he was not consulted before a letter on the planned relocation was issued to the school’s management on July 22 .

He said with the latest announcement, the matter was no longer an issue.

The MHS which is the country’s second oldest school was established in 1826. Other schools located in the Unesco world heritage buffer zone in Banda Hilir here include the St Francis Institution and the Sacred Heart Convent.

MHS was initially known as Malacca Free School, and changed to its present name in 1878.