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Education group to open RM55mil international school in Penang

June 12th, 2014 Leave a comment

Ideal learning environment: Abdullah (second right) having a closer look at a model of the international school after the groundbreaking ceremony. Accompanying him are (from left) Leela, Teh, Ramasamy, Collin and Ong.

GEMS Education, the world’s largest kindergarten to secondary education group, will open a RM55mil international school in Bandar Tasek Mutiara in Simpang Ampat near Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

The Gems International School of Pearl City is a project undertaken by Gems Education and its local partner Maju Holdings Sdn Bhd via its subsidiary Gems Maju Sdn Bhd.

This is Gems Education’s first international school in Malaysia.

Gems Maju Sdn Bhd chief execu- tive officer Tom Collin said the school was scheduled to open in September 2015.

“It will have an initial intake of 300 pupils from kindergarten through to Year Nine under the tutelage of 30 education professionals,” he said at the groundbreaking ceremony which was performed by former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

He said the school would cater to both local and international students from kindergarten to secondary education.

“We will offer a hybrid international and Malaysian curriculum including Bahasa Melayu, Islamic and Moral Studies, History, Art and Design, Music and Drama in a Malaysian context,” he said.

Collin said the company was also looking into building international schools in the Klang Valley, Johor Baru and in Sabah and Sarawak.

Present at the function were Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy, Gems Maju Sdn Bhd chairman Datuk Alan Ong, Gems International School of Pearl City board of governors chairman Datuk Leela Mohd Ali, Tambun Indah managing director Teh Kiak Seng and Star Publications (M) Bhd executive director Tan Sri Kamal Hashim.

Source: StarProperty.my

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  1. HuanChoo
    June 12th, 2014 at 10:15 | #1

    This makes a lot of sense. Batu Kawan will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Lai liao, lai liao! Huat ah!

    For those who think they will not be able to afford homes in the “remote” parts of the island, don’t worry, be happy. Batu Kawan will be the perfect solution for you.

  2. Jam
    June 12th, 2014 at 11:07 | #2

    Already invested many properties in island. I still think investing in island is safer.

  3. HuanChoo
    June 12th, 2014 at 11:15 | #3

    @Jam

    What is your definition of “safer”? Won’t depreciate? Slow appreciation? Easy rental? Or what?

  4. Jam
    June 12th, 2014 at 11:32 | #4

    Lower risk.

  5. Khoo
    June 12th, 2014 at 12:23 | #5

    long live island.

  6. jon
    June 12th, 2014 at 12:57 | #6

    damn….now i regret buying property in island

  7. Hock Hin
    June 12th, 2014 at 16:46 | #7

    Island is always still best…..those who think otherwise will regret

  8. HuanChoo
    June 12th, 2014 at 17:15 | #8

    @Hock Hin

    Your “otherwise” means, “Island is always the worst”? OR “Island is never the best”? OR “Island is generally better except for a few locations”? OR “Some location in mainland could be better than some bad locations on Island”? OR………”whoever buying Batu Kawan, but not buying the sub-standard property that you are trying to flip on island is an idiot”? OR…..:D

  9. james
    June 12th, 2014 at 18:34 | #9

    It seems like a big change and grow in mainland, it is good for those who stay in mainland.

  10. Hock Hin
    June 12th, 2014 at 18:44 | #10

    @HuanChoo
    You are a real Huan Choo. Good luck!

  11. ghi
    June 12th, 2014 at 23:18 | #11

    Mainland need more high class stuff. What next? Private hospital?

  12. HuatChai
    June 13th, 2014 at 00:11 | #12

    Private hospital high class meh?

  13. abc
    June 13th, 2014 at 06:39 | #13

    HuatChai :
    Private hospital high class meh?

    No, general hospital is.

    The number of private hospital gives you an indication the spending power of the resident in that area. How many mainland has?

  14. HuatChai
    June 13th, 2014 at 07:26 | #14

    @abc

    Haha…ok. Batu Kawan is not meant to be “high class”. It is meant to provide affordable housing for penangites. Anyway, a private hospital is already on the drawing board.

  15. abc
    June 13th, 2014 at 08:05 | #15

    @HuatChai

    Good to hear that private hospital is in the plan. maybe i should not use the term high class. I hope mainland can step up in term of having those stuffs a city should have.

  16. Rhee
    June 13th, 2014 at 09:06 | #16

    Location of Bandar Tasik Mutiara is not that good, quite far from the main road and highway which need to pass by several traffic lights and jams. these days so high demand for quality education, I think if add another international school in Batu Kawan( Bandar Cassia) also will have business, it is more convenient for island people and also for people who use PLUS highway to come.

  17. Leeden
    June 13th, 2014 at 09:26 | #17

    Mainland huat ah!

  18. HuatChai
    June 13th, 2014 at 10:33 | #18

    The building of another big township in an area with affordable land cost is unavoidable in Penang. The good thing about Batu Kawan is that it has plenty of flat land, which enables town planners to plan in all the modern amenities that a middle class community would need.

    For the next 20 years, more and more middle class professionals would be relocating to Batu Kawan, while the rich and foreigners would be congregating around the Golden Triangle on island (G-T-S).

  19. Jimmy
    June 13th, 2014 at 10:47 | #19

    HuatChai :
    The building of another big township in an area with affordable land cost is unavoidable in Penang. The good thing about Batu Kawan is that it has plenty of flat land, which enables town planners to plan in all the modern amenities that a middle class community would need.
    For the next 20 years, more and more middle class professionals would be relocating to Batu Kawan, while the rich and foreigners would be congregating around the Golden Triangle on island (G-T-S).

    bla bla bla…

  20. oranje
    June 13th, 2014 at 22:05 | #20

    mainland already has kpj perda and bagan specialist private hospitals..this batu kawan one will be a 3rd hospital..

  21. ninja
    June 13th, 2014 at 22:49 | #21

    gonna ditch my apartment unit in the Island

  22. gojira
    June 14th, 2014 at 07:56 | #22

    @ninja

    where is your apartment located on the island?

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