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New appointments in CEA Council and Committees

Left to right: New CEA Council members Mr Mohamed Abdul Akbar Bin Mohamed Abdul Kader and Dr Tan Tee Khoon with Mr Michael Tan, CEA Council member; Mr William Lai, Digital Property Transactions Workgroup member; and Mr Tan Hong Boon, Professional Development Committee member.

A new 11-member CEA Council was appointed for a two-year term with effect from 22 October 2018. Mr Quek See Tiat, President of the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA), and eight council members have been reappointed. Two new members have been appointed, while three have stepped down.

The two new council members are Mr Mohamed Abdul Akbar Bin Mohamed Abdul Kader, Managing Director, Nan Guan Construction Pte Ltd and Dr Tan Tee Khoon, Executive Director and Head of Residential Project Marketing, Knight Frank Pte Ltd and Key Executive Officer, KF Property Network Pte Ltd.

Sharing his thoughts on his appointment, Mr Akbar said, “I hope to be able to strengthen the element of trust among CEA, the industry, and consumers. This can only be brought about by professionalising the industry through building the capabilities of industry professionals and educating the public on the industry practices.”

As for Dr Tan, apart from being appointed as a council member, he is the new head of the Disciplinary Panel, one of CEA’s five committees. He succeeds Mr Derrick Wong who has stepped down.

Dr Tan said, “It is an awesome privilege to be a council member. Particularly as the new head of Disciplinary Panel, I am slipping into large shoes of very accomplished predecessors. I hope to be found faithful in the discharge of my responsibilities and contribute to raising the bar of professionalism for estate agency work in my two-year term. I look forward to working with fellow council members and the CEA team to make a difference!”

Other than Mr Derrick Wong, a consultant with Third Wind Consultant, the other council members who have stepped down are Ms Pauline Goh, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore & Southeast Asia and Key Executive Officer, CBRE Pte Ltd, and Mr Harrif Bin Hambali, a consultant with Asian Leaders Institute Pte Ltd.

The Council will guide CEA’s strategies and initiatives to develop a trusted and professional real estate agency industry in Singapore.

One of the Council’s first tasks was to appoint members to CEA’s five committees - the Audit Committee, Disciplinary Panel, Human Resource & Finance Committee, Professional Development Committee, and Select Committee.

The Committees assist the Council in its work by providing diverse views and recommendations to tap current and expected opportunities, especially as the real estate agency industry undergoes transformation. The Committee members have similarly been appointed on a two-year term from November 2018 to October 2020.

Thanking our volunteers

CEA Executive Director Mr Lee Kwong Weng thanked volunteers and partners for their contributions to CEA over the past year on behalf of Council President Mr Quek See Tiat.

To thank the volunteers who had served on CEA’s committees and participated in various workgroups as well as partners from the industry associations, the Council hosted them to an appreciation lunch on 23 November 2018.

On behalf of Council President Mr Quek See Tiat, CEA’s Executive Director Mr Lee Kwong Weng thanked our partners for playing a significant part in catalysing the critical transformation of the industry into a more ethical and professional one.

In his address, Mr Lee said that the real estate agency industry underwent the first wave of transformation eight years ago when CEA was formed to regulate the industry. With the launch of the Real Estate Industry Transformation Map (ITM) this year, the industry is now undergoing the second wave of transformation, essentially digital transformation with a focus on raising professionalism and productivity.

In particular, Mr Lee commended the industry associations for playing a leading role in ensuring the best possible outcomes during this transformation process. He highlighted how the associations had helmed the development of some of the initiatives that the Digitalised Property Transactions Workgroup was working on.

Mr Lee added that CEA is committed to and will continue to work with the industry to ensure that the real estate agency industry can ride the second wave of transformation and reach new heights.

Joining forces for a good cause

CEA joined KEO Connect and SEAA in a meaningful community service event to bring some cheer to the beneficiaries of Sarah Seniors Activity Centre. (Images: KEO Connect and SEAA)

On 30 October 2018, CEA joined KEO Connect and the Singapore Estate Agents Association (SEAA) for a heart-warming afternoon of community service.

The two industry associations had invited CEA to participate in their community service activity at the Sarah Seniors Activity Centre at Jalan Bukit Merah. The centre, which is part of Presbyterian Community Services’ network of senior activity centres, offers daily entertainment options for those living nearby. The team of volunteers from the two associations and CEA organised some simple activities for the seniors that afternoon.

As a little gift for the seniors under the centre’s care, the volunteers packed 100 goody bags filled with daily essentials and treated them to lunch. The more musically inclined amongst the volunteers entertained the seniors with songs and piano renditions of tunes from the yesteryears.

The seniors were also invited to sing and they crooned heartily to songs by Teresa Teng, Fong Fei-Fei, and Huang Pin-Yuan amongst others. The volunteers also organised a few rounds of Bingo that had the seniors shouting out their desired numbers in their excitement to win themselves fun prizes.

CEA would like to thank KEO Connect and SEAA for inviting us to participate in this meaningful activity.