NREA 2009 | Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents

NREA 2009

Message from Awards Chairman 2008 / 2009

MIEA Annual Dinner is back, with more zest!  with more to offer to members and friends of MIEA.  Tonight, you will witness a special event.

Formed in 1974 and officially registered on April 1977, MIEA is now 32 years old or 35 years old including the incubating period.  Thanks to founder PP Mr Paul Lee, MIEA has grown to be the recognised body representing all Registered Estate Agents in the Country.  In recognition of excellence Achievers in this field, we are introducing special award from this year to be named National Real Estate Award.

As a member of this organisation, I am sure you will be proud of this achievement.

On behalf of MIEA, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you for taking time off to be here tonight.  I sincerely express thanks and appreciation to all the VIPs, Members of the Board, FIABCI, MPI, ISM, PEPS, IEA Singapore, Sponsors, fellow members and friends, especially to our annual dinner organising committee and all those who have contributed for making this dinner a success.

This annual dinner is also intended for everyone to interact, explore new business ideas and share your view with the new council members so that together we will bring MIEA to greater heights.

Have Fun Tonight!!


Serene Sew
Organising Chairman
Chairman of Social & Recreation / Annual Dinner

MIEA Real Estate Leadership Awards 2008 / 2009
- Dato' Haji Abdul Rahim Rahman


DATO' HAJI ABDUL RAHIM RAHMAN born in Kelantan, Dato' Abdul Rahim is married to Datin Zainab and they have 4 children, 1 boy, 3 girls and a grand daughter. Dato' Rahim had his early education at the Sultan Ismail College, Kota Bharu, Kelantan and the Penang Free School. He furthered his studies at the Hammersmith College of Building and the College of Estate Management, London where he qualified as an Associate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He became a Fellow of the Institution in 1976 and is also a Fellow of the Institution of Surveyors, Malaysia.

Dato' Rahim started his professional career as a Valuation Officer at the London Borough of Hounslow in 1967 to 1968. He was appointed a Valuation Officer in the Valuation Division of the Ministry of Finance, Malaysia in 1968 and became the Properties Manager and the Secretary to the Board of the Malayan Railways in 1970 and the Properties Manager of Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad in 1973. In 1976, he became an Associate Professor of UTM. In the same year, Dato' Rahim founded Rahim & Co Chartered Surveyors Sdn Bhd where he is now currently the Executive Chairman.

Rahim & Co is one of the largest and most established real estate consultancy firms in the country with a network of 16 offices nationwide. Formed with a vision to provide outstanding and comprehensive real estate services, Rahim & Co competently integrates under one roof the various disciplines of property valuation, research, estate agency, property & facilities management, project management and investment consultancy.

Rahim & Co is also part of a global network under the banner of Savills, offering direct access to global networks. Established in 1855, Savills plc is one of the leading real estate advisors in the world. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and has an international network of over 200 offices, employing approximately 20,000 people. Through the company's international affiliations, a constant finger on the pulse of global market dynamics keeps the company regularly updated on the latest innovations and expertise. Coupled with a company culture that stresses teamwork and understanding, Rahim & Co is able to deliver quick and fluid responses to the ever-changing and increasingly demanding needs of clients.

Dato' Rahim's contribution to the real estate industry spans a period of 40 years. He is a Past President of the Institution of Surveyors, Malaysia, FIABCI Malaysian Chapter and the Association of Valuers & Property Consultants in Private Practice, Malaysia. Internationally, he is a Past President of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Federation and became the first Malaysian to be elected as the Deputy World President of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) during the 1990 to 1992 term. He also holds the FIABCI Medal of Honour.

In addition to his busy schedule, Dato' Rahim also found time to be involved politically and was the Chairman of UMNO Dusun Nyior Branch and Chairman of UMNO Pasir Mas Division in Kelantan until November 2008. He was also the Treasurer of UMNO Kelantan for the years 1986 to 1990.

Dato' Rahim was awarded the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) in 1980 by DYMM Sultan Pahang, Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (DMSM) in 2002 by TYT The Governor of Malacca and Darjah Dato' Paduka Tuanku Jaafar (DPTJ) in 2006 by HRH The Yang DiPertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan.

MIEA Commercial Agency Of The Year Award 2008 / 2009
GDS Properties

Govindasamy Balaguru

"I was inspired to get into real estate when I sold my first house which I bought for RM80,000 and sold it for RM150,000 within 30 months. This deal was the eye opener for me to get into the world of Real Estate. I asked myself Why not Real Estate as a career"? Says Mr. Govin.

In 1978 he worked as engineering assistant in a government agency and was responsible for Project supervision, maintenance and marketing of engineering products for 5 years. In 1983 he started his career in Real Estate as a negotiator with a borrowed table, chair and a phone line. When securing properties was difficult between 1984 -1986, he created a niche market by creating his own portfolio; he bought homes; renovated it, upgraded & enhanced the properties for sub sale.

In 1992 he had a team of 20 negotiators and focused on recruitment, training and managing the Estate Agency Firm. He has trained more than 250 negotiators. During the slowdown from 1997 to 2000 he took the opportunity to be a solution provider for some developers in carrying out Project marketing.

In his career he has successfully marketed projects worth in excess of RM50 million. In 2000 his firm was involved with Danaharta and sold more than RM100 million worth of assets and was winner for 5 times for 3 consecutive years in various categories. True to his passion in Real Estate he has successfully transacted the following sales;

  • A shopping complex in Section 14, PJ
  • Kuala Lumpur International Hotel (Main block)
  • Midah Hotel, Desaru Resort Hotel, Sahara Budget Hotel
  • Wisma Leopad, PJ8 Office Tower
  • Plantations in Gemenceh, N.Sembilan & Durian Sebatang, Teluk Intan, Perak

MIEA Specialized Category Award 2008 / 2009
Hartanah Consultants

Noor Sharina Tham Binti Abdullah Aka Tham Yen Fong

The recipient was born in Kuala Pilah Negeri Sembilan. She had her secondary education in SMK Tuanku Muhammad, Kuala Pilah. She obtained her Diploma in Valuation and Property Management from UTM and graduated with an Honours Degree in UK in Land Management in 1984.

She worked with a reputable Valuation and Estate Agency company and after gaining enough exposure for 5 years, she joined a public listed property development company as Senior Property Manager. She helped to negotiate factories, offices, buildings, schools, hotels, even floating vessels and airports in addition to traditional land deals. The purchases include properties across the continents like Seychelles, South Africa, England, USA, Vietnam, India, Australia, Singapore and even war torn Beirut in Lebanon.

She fulfilled her entrepreneurial streak by setting up HARTANAH Consultants in June 1996. From a paltry staff of 4, the company has grown to its present number of 10 staff. The company has won numerous awards, the notable award being the "Best Sales Performance" award from Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad during the 5th Property Tender Exercise in June - July 2001. The recipient is a Registered Valuer and Registered Estate Agent.

MIEA Real Estate Agent Of The Year Award 2008 / 2009
Zerin Properties

 Previndran Sathurgasinghe

Previn holds an excellent scholastic record from the University Technology of Malaysia and begun his career in a leading international property consultancy firm in Kuala Lumpur in the early 1990s. Previn is a Registered Estate Agent with the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents, Malaysia and has been registered since 1995 and immediately established his firm Zerin Properties the same year. Previn has a strong passion for excellence in corporate real estate and his focus is the hospitality sector. He is one of the very first to have taken a Malaysian brand estate agency overseas and has offices in Sydney, Singapore and New Delhi.

Previn was also National Council Member of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) Malaysia chapter term 2004 2008, and was also Vice President, Exchange Committee of FIABCI International in 2006 - 2007. He is currently a council member of MIEA.

In June 2008, Previn was awarded the RFP Magazine's Outstanding Individual in Industry Award for his role in the landmark hospitality transaction of 2007, the sale of Four Seasons Langkawi to Kingdom Hotel Investments. In July, he was awarded yet another award, The Most Promising Entrepreneurship Award by Enterprise Asia and the Organising Committee of the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards. In 2009, Zerin Properties was awarded the RFP Real Estate Transactions Award in the Commercial Category for the sale of Intercontinental Hanoi and the Best Estate Agency Website ( for the Residential Category by CNBC Asia Pacific Property Awards.


MIEA Real Estate Agency Of The Year Award 2008 / 2009
Reapfield Properties Sdn Bhd

David Ong

Our mission statement is "to honour God by providing real estate services of the highest standard through developing and equipping our people. Based on this philosophy we at Reapfield, strive to learn, unlearn and relearn new ways of doing all things better. " says Mr. David Ong Founder & President of Reapfield group of Companies. Reapfield started with humble beginnings in 1984 with it's first office in SS2 Petaling Jaya. They currently have 523 negotiators who have entrusted their future into their hands. Mr David Ong says "It is a responsibility, Reapfield does not take lightly but with great humility, we strive to improve the lives of our negotiators and their families, both financially and socially throughout our 13 offices in Malaysia".

Reapfied is affiliated to NAI Global which is the premier network of independent commercial real estate firms and one of the largest commercial real estate service providers worldwide. It has network of 5,000 professionals & 350 offices in 45 countries throughout the world. In 2006, NAI offices around the world completed more than 36,000 transactions worth over $40 billion.

As a group, Reapfield place a high priority in not only managing but to surpass their customers' expectations. They do this by building strong leaders internally in their businesses focusing on developing the character of every member in their team. At Reapfield today, moving forward is simply not sufficient to be good at what we do but a necessity to display nothing short of EXCELLENCE.

The 'MIEA National Real Estate Awards'

It is said that "Nothing is so powerful as an idea whose time has come". The 'MIEA National Real Estate Awards' was introduced for the first time at MAREC' 09 Convention in January 2009. It was the brainchild of the Immediate Past president K. Soma Sundram who saw the formulation of the Awards criteria in mid 2008.

The National Real Estate Awards is designed to recognize outstanding achievements and contribution in the Real Estate fraternity. These National awards will be presented annually to Real Estate Agents, Real Estate Firms & Real Estate Salesperson (Negotiators) and those who have contributed to the Real Estate industry as a whole. The winner"s will be judged based on their performance every year and the winners of the Awards will be announced at MIEA Annual Dinner and presented with the Award. It is anticipated that Winners of the Award"s will be recognized throughout the country as leaders in their respective field and it will be an attestation of their contribution to the industry.

There are 7 categories of Awards and for this inaugural event the judges decided the winners on four categories of Awards. The fifth category is the recognition of an individual who have shown leadership and contributed to the Real Estate fraternity in particular. The 2008 Awards were judged independently by a panel of judges headed by FIABCI and judges comprising of peers in the Real Estate industry.


Award Categories For The Year 2008

  • Category 1
    Small/Medium Firms (less than 20 Negotiators)

  • Category 2
    Large Firms (more than 20 Negotiators)

    Residential Agency of the year
    Estate Agency firm who have achieved excellence in sales in Residential sector (Sales inclusive of tenancy, lease, project sales, residential land and anything residential).

    Commercial Agency of the year
    Estate Agency firm who have achieved excellence in sales in the Commercial sector (Sales inclusive of tenancy, lease, project sales, commercial land and anything commercial).

    Industrial Agency of the year
    Estate Agency firm who have achieved excellence in sales in the Industrial sector (Sales inclusive of tenancy, lease, project sales, Industrial land and anything Industrial).

  • Category 3 - Negotiators

    Residential Salesperson of the year

    Excellence in Residential sales by an individual salesperson,

    Commercial Salesperson of the year
    Excellence in Commercial sales by an individual salesperson.

    Industrial Salesperson of the year
    Excellence in Residential sales by an individual salesperson.

  • Category 4

    Specialized Award
    Excellence by a firm or an individual in a specialized Real Estate field.

  • Category 5

    Real Estate Agent of the Year

    Excellence of an individual Agent who have shown overall qualities as a Agency leader irrespective of the size of the firm.

  • Category 6

    Real Estate Agency Of The Year
    A Real Estate Firm who have shown leadership and excellence in Agency practice irrespective of the size of the firm.

Qualifying Criteria For The Year 2008

  1. The award is open to active members of the Institute only.
  2. Only individual registered Estate Agency firm can participate in all categories.
  3. Qualifying period is for sales concluded for the period January 1 to December 31, 2008.
  4. The awards is judged by an independent committee headed by FIABCI.
  5. The judging criteria was based on 5 areas including Sales achievements from January 1 to December 31, 2008 and verified through Service Tax payments.


Judging Panel and Technical Advisers For The Year 2008

Kumar Tharmalingam

FIABCI Chief Judge
Yeow Thit Sang

Yu Kee Su

Ar. Lee Chor Wah

PAM Member
Siti Mariam

MPI Member
IPP K. Soma Sundram

MIEA Technical Adviser
Nixon Paul

MIEA Technical Adviser

Award Winners For The Year 2008

Real Estate Leadership Award

Dato' Haji Abdul Rahim Rahman
Commercial Agency of The Year

GDS Properties – B. Govindasamy
Specialized Category

Hartanah Consultants - Noor Sharina Tham Binti Abdullah Aka Tham Yen Fong
Real Estate Agent of The Year

Zerin Properties - Previndran Sathurgasinghe
Real Estate Agency of The Year

Reapfield Properties Sdn Bhd – David Ong



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