Land Lease From Penang Silver Jubilee Home

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Land Lease From Penang Silver Jubilee Home
by Ven. Wei Wu, Chairman of SMJK Phor Tay Board

Below are what I know about the SMJK Phor Tay leasing of land from the Penang Silver Jubilee Home:

1. Several locations were considered and eventually Dato Seri Tan Hoay Eam (formal Board Chairman of the school) considered the land of the Silver Jubilee Home to have the best location. He then approached the trustees of the Silver Jubilee Home. All members agreed to the leasing of land for the school to relocate to this part of Penang Island. Dato Seri Tan Hoay Eam considered it important to get the consent of the descendant of Cheah Leong Keah who donated the land to the Home. One of the Cheah family members is a trustee of the Home; he also consented to this leasing. Eventually, a lease agreement was signed between the Home and the School trustees after a meeting of the trustees from the Home and the school at the C.M. office. (I checked the above with trustees of the school who were involved in the negotiation process.)

2. Prior to this, there were several proposals to use part of the land of the Home including one to use it to build a memorial hall for Tun Endon Mahmood Ambak.

3. The leasing of the land also received the blessings of Tun Lim Chong Eu. In the memorial service of Dato Seri Tan Hoay Eam, Tun Lim again openly endorsed this, "..... He was convinced that sitting the Phor Tay School, adjacent to the Silver Jubilee Home, is correct. This is the last project initiated by the late Dato’ Seri Tan Hoay Eam.

I believe that he would have appreciated it for me to take this occasion to also acknowledge the far-sightedness generosity of the late Mr. Cheah Leong Keah, J.P., who originally donated the land for the Silver Jubilee Home.

To my mind, it is of special significance that this new building has been made possible with the support of the Trustees of the Silver Jubilee Home; I also take this occasion to thank them.

In former times, under different forms of Government and different social codes of conduct, the Home had basically provided housing and care to aged Chinese “sinkehs” who had been brought out here to work as “coolies”.

It was they who had built the early foundations of what Penang has become today – a better place for many other people to live in.Yet they themselves had nobody, no means to turn to when they become sick or old – and nowhere to return to in the places of their birth!

I am confident that with the guidance and support of the Venerable Wei Wu, this new school will enhance the peacefulness and social importance of Sungai Dua.

The complexes of civic and social institutions – the home for the aged, the hospital to care for the needs of the old and infirm, together with the new School to educate the young will provide more physical, civic and spiritual benefits to the “anak-anak Malaysia” living in Penang."

4. So the relocation of the school was blessed by the support of two of the former Chief Ministers of Penang who were also the Chairmen of the Home's Trustee Board.