PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA) has named Chan Ai Cheng as its president who will helm MIEA for the 2021-2023 term. She took office together with 17 other board of directors yesterday, six of whom chair the state branches.
Ai Cheng is the first second-generation president, following in the footsteps of her father (past president Charlie Chan), who was president from 1995 to 1997.
Ai Cheng said continuity in leadership is important for MIEA to be relevant and progressive. Her main objective is to help members through the Covid pandemic and she hopes that the government will give due recognition to the profession.
The real estate industry predominantly engages its salespeople on a contract basis whereby fees are earned when a successful transaction takes place. With movements stalled, some 23,000 active real estate practitioners are hard pressed to carry out any transaction, thus affecting their income. Practitioners are registered under ACT 242 and are under the purview of the Ministry of Finance (MOF), and MIEA hopes that MOF will recognise their contribution to the economy and lend its support to the sector.
Ai Cheng has also set her sights on helping to grow MIEA’s membership and to enhance professionalism and integrity among its members.
Meanwhile, there is concern over getting recruits into the profession as the lockdown is hampering them from attending classes for the entry Negotiators Certification Course (NCC). At present the Board of Valuers, Appraisers, Estate Agents & Property Managers Malaysia only allows classes via physical means. MIEA proposes that NCC classes be allowed to be conducted online.
Source: The Sun Daily