Penang Free School Hopes To Receive Heritage Status In Time For 200th Anniversary

GEORGE TOWN, March 10 (Bernama) — The oldest English school in Southeast Asia, Penang Free School (PFS) at Jalan Masjid Negeri here, is hoping to receive the heritage site status in time for its 200th anniversary on Oct 21.

PFS Board of Governor chairman Datuk Abdul Rafique Karim said the school had applied for the heritage site status for its building from the National Heritage Board two years ago.

“I was told by the National Heritage Board that the state government has the final say in the gazettement of the school as a heritage site,” he told reporters after the launch of the school newly-refurbished archive here Thursday.

He said, once granted, the school, which was established on Oct 21, 1816, would also be eligible to receive conservation grants from heritage-related authorities for conservation and preservation purposes.


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