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StarProperty Awards is poised to have a more comprehensive judging criteria

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Seated, from left: Institution of Engineers Malaysia honorary secretary Mohd Khir Muhammad, Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia past president Datuk Lau Wai Seang, PEPS president Michael KK Kong and Malaysian Institute of Architects president Lillian Tay.

Standing, from left: Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers honorary secretary Sharifah Suzana Simmonds, Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia immediate past president Associate Prof Osman Mohd Tahir, StarProperty content manager Joseph Wong, StarProperty assistant general manager Ernest Towle and Malaysian Institute of Planners honorary secretary Datin Noraida Saludin.

This year’s StarProperty Awards has more judges due to the increased number of awards and the more robust and extra stringent criteria that is set for the participating property developers. The panel of judges come from varied disciplines and different backgrounds which adds prestige to the 2020 awards.

The group comprises the expertise of an architect, surveyor, valuer, designer, landscaper, engineer and town planner who has extensive experience in the property industry. Moreover, the diversity of the judges provides the StarProperty Awards with more comprehensive judging criteria.

In addition, all of this year’s judges will be providing their input into next year’s Awards to ensure that its prestige will be further elevated. This will make the Awards a more interesting one going forward. Here’s what they have to say of the property industry this year. These excerpts are from the StarProperty coffee-table book aptly titled “Malaysia’s Most Exceptional Developments 2020/2021” which will be made available in June.

“Much of the property market is reliant on good and effective government policies to drive the sector forward. That is why government policies need to be focused, firm and forward-looking particularly during these challenging times.” - PEPS president Michael KK Kong

“Townships should be planned in a holistic manner that raises living standards as the nation moves beyond 2020. As it stands, the quality of life in many urban areas appears to have taken a step backwards due to increased traffic congestion from intensified development and the loss of green spaces for recreation.” - Malaysian Institute of Planners honorary secretary Datin Noraida Saludin

“It is high time for landscaping to be in the forefront of the planning and design of the built environment, and play a more influential role in inspiring green design solutions that will shape our future.” - Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia immediate past president Associate Professor Dr Osman Mohd Tahir

“Remodelling and incorporating the latest interior design trends into a property can greatly boost its value. Moreover, certain aspects of ID can affect property value more than others.” - Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers honorary secretary Sharifah Suzana Simmonds

“As architects involved in the design and delivery of housing in Malaysia, we are eager to see a rethinking of design towards greater efficiency through better-trained people and the adoption of appropriate, affordable technology.” - Malaysian Institute of Architects president Lillian Tay

“Property values should reflect demand and supply, as what we learnt in Economic Studies. However, in Malaysia, developers appear to be setting the benchmark as far as property price in the primary market is concerned.” - Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia past president Datuk Lau Wai Seang

“Over the years, engineers have been actively seeking and promoting innovation in design and construction methods as well as employing new technologies in the industry to produce more affordable housing at lower costs without compromising on quality and safety. But engineers must now look beyond their traditional professional roles and responsibilities.” - Institution of Engineers Malaysia honorary secretary Mohd Khir Muhammad

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