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BUKIT PADANG – St Francis Convent Secondary School Building Committee officials inspected the building progress recently.
The officials including Management Board Adviser Archbishop John Wong visited the building site in Bukit Padang to assess its construction progress on 19 Oct 2016.
Those present included Franciscan Sister Rita Chew, head of the Archdiocesan Education Commission, Leena Toyoi, Ivy Chang and Grace Chung of the Fundraising Committee.
Earlier on October 9, Mary Gomez, chairperson of the School Management Board, paid a courtesy call on Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai at the Trade Centre Kota Kinabalu. Present also was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong. She handed over to Liow a copy of the school’s New Building Process.
The two ministers were in KK for the MCA Annual General Meeting. Dr Pamela Yong, a former student, and currently the MCA KK Women Divisional Chief, arranged for the meeting.
The purpose of the meeting was to seek the minister’s assistance in the school board’s application to get GST exemption for the payments for construction works of the new school buildings.
The construction of the two school blocks is progressing but the board has managed to secure only enough funds for the completion of Phase 1A of the RM6.7 million construction.
A further sum of RM5 million is required for the completion of the external infrastructural works of the school including the construction of the drainage, roads, fence, sewerage, electrical and water connections, and the contributions to the relevant authorities.
With the GST exemption, the school board would be able to save around RM700,000 which can be used to purchase tables and chairs for the new school.