I don't usually post news that are not related to my vocation as a seminary lecturer. But reading yesterday's The Star online prompted me to post something different.
One of the news items reads: Estate agents seeking action against illegal ones.
According to the news report, the Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA) is puzzled why no unlicensed real estate agent has been brought to court despite 20 police reports lodged so far. In fact, MIEA president K. Soma Sundram claimed that there were more than 10,000 unlicensed agents and they were hurting the industry image. This issue is nothing new and has been brought up for many decades already.
As both Registered Valuer and Registered Estate Agent, I am concerned that after so many years, the profession does not seem to be making any significant progress in dealing with illegal real estate agents (well, for those who do not know my background, I was in the real estate industry for many years in the 90s before entering full-time Christian vocation). These were the issues that we talked about in almost every conferences and congresses back then, and many memoranda had been forwarded to the relevant authorities. If yesterday's report in The Star is any indication, it suggests that things not only turned for the worst in the profession, the relevant authorities does not seem to be doing anything about it. This is indeed a sad day for the profession. A sad day when we think of the jubilee celebration of nationhood and when we are told by our political leaders how much we have progressed.