Six property associations urge government to list property management as essential sector

PETALING JAYA (May 31): Six property related associations in Malaysia have sent a joint memo to the National Security Council (MKN) and International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) to request for the property and facility management service as one of the essential sectors under Full Movement Control Order (FMCO).

The six property associations are Malaysian Institute of Property and Facility Managers (MIPFM), Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM), Association of Valuers, Property Managers, Estate Agents & Property Consultants in the Private Sector Malaysia (PEPS), National House Buyers Association Malaysia (HBA), Muslim Real Estate Consultants Association (PEHAM) and Malaysian Institute of Professional Estate Agents and Consultants (MIPEAC).

MIPFM president Adzman Shah Mohd Ariffin  told that the six associations have jointly issued the memo on May 29, 2021.

“I have also been in discussion with KPKT (Ministry of Housing and Local Government) [on the request] since 5.30pm yesterday and they should be coming up with the direction soon today,” Adzman noted.

He said that the quality of strata building management during national lockdown is important as most of the people will work from home and stay at home most of the time.

“Property and facility management was one of the essential sectors in MCO 1.0. However, this time round, it is not included in the essential sector list. Why is it so?

“Besides, we are also requesting the government to list property management practitioners as part of the frontliners of the pandemic and prioritise the group for vaccination as soon as possible,” Adzman said.

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