10 March 2022
30TH NATIONAL REAL ESTATE CONVENTION (NREC)Navigating the Property Revival
30TH NREC 2022 Schedule
  • 9:00 AM
    Keynote Address by Guest of Honour & Welcome Speech by President of RISM
  • 9:30 AM

    Creating awareness amongst the stakeholders of the importance of adopting and embracing technology in property development and management to ensure efficient allocation of scarce resources and materials by highlighting some case studies and their effectiveness. The following are discussed:

    Moderator: Ir Othman Zainal, Executive Director – Wira Muhibbah Sdn Bhd & Gap Engineering Consultants Sdn Bhd

  • Paper 1: Use of Technology In Real Estate Construction & Asset Management

    Importance of Building Information Management (BIM) in pre, during and post-construction. A valuable tool for asset management.

  • Paper 2: Cost-Benefits of Sustainable Technologies in Property Development

    Leveraging nature as an ecological infrastructure is the way forward to prevent unnecessary wastage and ensure sustainable development to preserve the treasures of the earth for future generations. But at what costs?


  • Paper 3: Technology Brings About Cost-effectiveness in Reducing Waste in Property Development

    Using the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) project as an example of the technological advancement in property development, tapping on excellent connectivity, both land and rail, with a creative yet sustainable master plan, received neighbourhood-level provisional Green Buildings Index (GBI) certification. It is designed as a porous development, acting as a catalyst to rejuvenate the Imbi and Pudu surroundings. What makes it the most sought-after address and how technology seeks to create the premier address for the financial hub in this region.

  • 11:00 AM

    How do you revive aging properties? The evolution of development will call for new ways to optimise the use. How do you unlock the value of an established development? The panel members will discuss on:

    Moderator: Dr Azmizam Abdul Rashid, Deputy CEO – Head Of Knowledge Platform And Partnerships, URBANICE Malaysia

  • Paper 1: The Role of Authority In the Change of Use of Properties

    Many real estate stakeholders suffer from the mismatch between demand and supply.  The situation is worse as the property aged.  How can the properties be adapted to fulfil the changing demands over time. How can the local authority play a role in accommodating and supporting such initiatives by the stakeholders and industrial players?

  • Paper 2: Breathing New Lives Into Old Spaces

    Sharing experiences in undertaking rehabilitation of functional obsolescence properties each adapted to new purposes and responding to different requirements  encompassing social and physical aspects and especially in unlocking the value of the individual properties. In promoting environmental sustainability and subscribing to the principles of circular economy, he strives to give old buildings a second chance as an alternative to demolition and rebuilding which are are evident in some the urban renewal projects he had undertaken.

  • Paper 3: Rejuvenation of Old Developments

    For older developments built at the early years, how do we upgrade the properties and amenities to give a new economic life to the development to stay relevant with the modern living trends? This talk will focus on sharing the case studies in Singapore on the thoughts, considerations, and the challenges in taking such efforts.

  • Paper 4: Re-purposing Malls

    Faced with shifting of consumer behaviour trends and stiff competition of e-commerce, how can the retail malls, especially aged and dated malls to reposition to stay competitive? Our speaker will share some of his overseas case studies including those in China that he has successfully repurposed and repositioned to create attractions and to draw patronage.

  • 2:00 PM

    Global climate change led to new investment opportunities in ESG in Real Estate that arises as a solution to the climate crisis. How much do you know about sustainable real estate? Be an early adopter to look into sustainable investment. The following are discussed:

    Moderator: Sr Dr Ainoriza Mohd Aini, University of Malaya

  • Paper 1: A Case for Sustainability in the Malaysian Commercial Real Estate

    The built environment is emitting more than 40% of the total carbon emission.  How much do the participants know about sustainable real estate? Are the key players from the real estate industry ready to lead the way in championing a more sustainable environment for work, live and play?

    The speaker will provide an overview of ESG in Real Estate from the Global perspective and realising its potential in the Asia Pacific region.

  • Paper 2: Creating Value Through ESG and Sustainability – From Investor’s Perspective

    The increasing concerns on ESG among investors have caused many companies to incorporate ESG practices in their investment decision process. EPF as a leading institutional investor in Malaysia, with its sustainability ambitions and vision-driven corporate practices, will impact other businesses and investors to be part of the sustainable ecosystems.

    This will ensure responsible and sustainable investments in the real estate market, and eventually brings positive impacts to the environment and society.

  • Paper 3: Adopting ESG in Property Development & Asset Management

    The speaker will discuss the environmental considerations and decisions as developers, owners, and occupiers’ take in different stages across the real estate lifecycle.

  • Panel Discussion
  • 3:30 PM

    Too often, property developments are design-led based on the vision of the developer, planner or designer. This approach has been said to disregard the needs and wants of the market and in most cases, leads to a mismatch between demand and supply. It has always been widely and inaccurately propagated that property value will always appreciate. This speculative led propagation fuels a sense of false demand and drives an artificial increase in price. In addition, conventional developments contribute to overhang statistics whilst mega projects create white elephants and ghost cities. These myths will be further deliberated in this session so that a solution could be put forward by real professionals in order to mitigate the much-talked-about property bubbles and housing affordability crisis.

    Moderator: Sr Khaidzir Abdul Rasip, Managing Director - Ian Scott International (M) Sdn Bhd

  • Myth #1: Mega Infrastructure Projects Are Catalysts For Economic Prosperity

    Myth: The likes of HSR, ECRL, RAPID and other mega infrastructure projects defy logic in terms of the scale and investment dollars they demand but these are game-changers that our economy needs in order to alleviate Malaysia to a higher level.

    Reality: However, as has happened before in the past, there is always the risk of these becoming white elephants that the country may not be able to recover from at all.


  • Myth #2: Dream Lifestyle Sells Properties

    Myth: Developers compete against each other to build and sell the dream lifestyle that everyone aspires towards. Something cool, something niche, or something out-of-this-world, people will just love and buy them.

    Reality: However, aspiring towards and being able to actually afford to buy are paradoxes of life. This is how we have many overhang properties.

  • Myth #3: Property Is A Future-Proof Investment

    Myth: Property is a hedge against inflation and will always appreciate in value as land is scarce and properties are never homogeneous.

    Reality: The property market is cyclical and thus, property values do depreciate as well as appreciate just like any other form of investment.

  • Myth #4: Government Are to Protect the House Buyers

    Myth: Policies related to property transaction and ownership are formulated in order to protect the public interest as housing is a basic necessity. Regular policy reviews are necessary to maintain this principle of fairness to the rakyat.

    Reality: Policy changes are always seen as flip-flops and knee-jerk reactions that confuse and stifle the property market rather than helping their noble cause. Some policies are archaic and need to be in tune with the times.

  • 5:00 PM
    Closing Ceremony / Lucky Draw / Closing Video by the PSD
About 30TH NREC 2022

The National Real Estate Convention (NREC) is an established national convention which has been held annually for the past 30 years since 1992 and organised by the Property Surveying Division of Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM)


We are now living in the New Normal where present challenges are new opportunities ready to be tapped. The previous 29th National Real Estate Convention organised by the Property Surveying Division (PSD) in March 2020 presented some unconventional ways of looking at property. Our 30th series aims to bring more awareness to owners, managers and occupants in the importance of reviewing their asset portfolio with asset preservation, transition, and reopening and prioritise the timing of each phase.


30th NREC will be a hybrid convention - only fully vaccinated participants will be allowed to attend physically in full compliance with the SOP. Those afar and unable to travel to the venue can still participate virtually so we can still bring the buzz of the convention to your living room or office space.


Our hybrid convention brings back physical booths to enable participants to experience in-person convention and browse around the exhibition, discover more information and make contacts.


In this new normal, it is more important than ever to come together as a community to learn from each other and enhance our knowledge during this challenging time – together to learn, adapt and innovate - be it direct approach or virtually.

“We are confident that 30th NREC will deliver on its promise of being the best annual event for all Property Stakeholders and Surveyors….. We look forward to welcoming you, be it, physically or online!”

30TH NREC 2022 Moderators & Speakers
Director of Wira Muhibbah Sdn Bhd & Gap Engineering Consultants Sdn Bhd
Director of Aurecon Australia
Senior General Manager, Development Division of Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd
CEO of TRX City Sdn Bhd
Head Of Knowledge Platform And Partnerships, URBANICE Malaysia
Executive Director, Planning Department – City Hall of Kuala Lumpur
Senior Principal Planner of Surbana Jurong Consultants PteLtd
CEO & Founder of Synergistic Real Estate & Network Pte. Ltd
Executive Director of CCO & Associates (KL) Sdn Bhd
Head of Department of Real Estate at University Of Malaya
Senior Director of APAC Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle
Head of Sustainability at UEM Sunrise Berhad
Managing Director of Ian Scott International (M) Sdn Bhd
Director of Research at Rahim & Co
Professor of National University of Singapore
National House Buyers Association
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1. Denotes all-inclusive of the 6% Sales and Service Tax (SST)
2. You are to observe the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) as specified by the organiser. Please enquire the Secretariat for further details.
3. The approved CPD Hours by BOVAEP is 3 hours for online participation
30TH NREC 2022 Sponsors

We Are Open for Collaborations and Sponsorship of Our Event

30th NREC 2022 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor – PropertyGuru DataSense

Platinum Sponsor – JL99 group

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Whether you are focused on building brand awareness or generating onsite leads, the Convention provides a series of invaluable marketing opportunities across multiple platforms.

A must for any organisation looking to reach leading real estate development decision makers and industry leaders in Asia’s most established property markets.

Build brand awareness and create competitor differentiation by showcasing your latest products

Shape the conversation and convey thought leadership through session participation opportunities

Expand your network, generate leads and drive sales through senior-level interactions with decision makers and access to the attendee list

For further enquiries or registration please contact Salmi 014 – 3165833 or email psevents@rism.org.my

Disclaimer: The Organiser reserves the right to make changes to the programme in the best interest of the event

30TH NREC 2022 Venue


Banquet Hall

5 Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

29th NREC Gallery
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