RICS appoints first non-British president

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Governing Council based at Parliament Square, London has named RICS Asia chairman Ong See Lian as its president-elect and president.

This appointment makes Ong the first non-British person to take up a leadership position in RICS in its 140-year history.

He has been appointed President-Elect for 2010-2011 and the President for 2011-2012 since April.

A graduate from the University of Reading, UK, Ong has more than 35 years of working experience in the public and private sectors of the construction industry. He is currently an executive director of Davis Langdon & Seah (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, a member of Davis Langdon & Seah International.

In a press conference here on Thursday, July 22, Ong said he aimed to engage greater integration of the surveying profession worldwide. “I hope to engage UK members with members outside of the UK to enhance the role of Chartered Surveyors on critical issues such as sustainability, urban regeneration and disaster management,” he said.

He added that to help uphold the profession in other Commonwealth countries, the organisation last year had worked with the Indian government to set up a professional organisation for surveyors in that country to ensure it maintains a certain level of standards and professionalism.
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