| Hakim Hayat |
PROFESSIONAL competence in the land surveying profession needs to be enhanced because of the recent developments in Brunei Darussalam such as the passing of Strata Title Act and the establishment of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) 2015 in the region.
This was said by Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, the Minister of Development, at the annual Surveyors’ Dinner hosted by the Brunei Centre of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) at the Park View Hotel in Jerudong.
The minister highlighted that surveying professionals need “to constantly update their skills and knowledge through consistent practice and professional development in order to gain the public’s trust”.
With AEC 2015 fast approaching, he added that this will directly impact the mobility of the surveyors in the region and called for more discussions and negotiations to facilitate the mutual recognition and mobility of surveying professionals through regional frameworks and initiatives.
Meanwhile, Haji Mohd Don bin Haji Omar, the new Chairman of the Brunei Centre of RICS, also recognised the need for more preparatory works to implement the Strata Title Act, which allows foreign investors to have ownership for certain number of years, and believes that professional surveyors will be able to lend a hand.
The new chairman added that the injection of foreign investment into the local property market will stimulate the market and help in improving the “stagnant” capital value and volatile yield to a more stable percentage.
He also cautioned against a “laissez faire” market as more foreign investors come in, and said the government should put in control mechanisms to ensure the interests of local citizens’ affordability are well protected, citing an example in other countries such as the creation of “native land rights”.
The Surveyors’ Dinner aimed to promote networking amongst local surveyors in different fields and also promote the profession of surveying.