PETALING JAYA (March 31): The Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association (REHDA) Malaysia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UK-based Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) in a virtual signing ceremony on Wednesday (March 30), in a bid to upraise and share their expertise in property development and construction industries.

Both parties agree to establish linkage and co-operation to maximise the utilisation of their resources through mutual cooperation and sharing of expertise in education, training and promotion to raise the profile and recognition of professional management in construction and projects for the benefit of the industry, its clients and society at large.

During the signing ceremony, REHDA Malaysia acting president Datuk N K Tong said: “REHDA is committed to our nation-building efforts for the betterment of the rakyat, and with the signing of this MoU, we hope it will give us an edge to improve our position in the industry. We look forward to the partnership and the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with such an esteemed and world-renowned professional body,”

CIOB CEO Caroline Gumble said: “I am proud to sign this MoU with REHDA, and enter into this partnership to support professionals in the built environment. As a collaboration between two organisations with shared goals, we can do a great deal to improve the built environment for its creators and its users, driving up standards and promoting professional development and educational opportunities.”

Gumble added: “For CIOB, this is another international partnership with a prestigious organisation, allowing us to work alongside, support and learn from construction and built environment professionals in Malaysia.”

“CIOB is globally recognised and respected for the values and ethics; the institute upholds the rigour of our professional membership process, the commitment of our trustees and our active hub members right across the world. Our community has over 47,000 members with around 500 in Malaysia, and together, we strive to uphold our public benefit mission of raising standards across the industry and supporting our members to be at the forefront of their professions,” she said.

“We have previously worked successfully with the construction industry development board, the Master Builders Association, and many educational institutes, including just last year, the signing of a MoU with the Heriot Watt University in Malaysia. We value mutually beneficial objectives, such as collaboration in providing events and educational activities on best practice in the built environment, and sharing the latest news and developments on industry issues.”

REHDA most recent past president and CIOB UK senior vice president Datuk Seri Michael Yam said: “I am absolutely delighted that today's MOU signing between two strong forces has come to fruition, with the objectives of promotion, and the dissemination of science and technology of building, and sharing those findings and knowledge to the public.”

Yam said: “It is a platform for everyone to share their expertise. Second, from the point of networking, the industry networking amongst members of CIOB is not only confined to Malaysia membership, but as a global, professional institution.”

Edited by Racheal Lee

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