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FIRST MALAYSIAN FIABCI WORLD PRESIDENT HANDS OVER REIGNS

The first Malaysian to ascend the International Real Estate Federation's (FIABCI) highest office, Dato' Alan Tong Kok Mau, formally ended his reign as World President in Bangkok, Thailand, 29th May, 2006.

More than 500 delegates from 40 countries got together in Bangkok to attend the FIABCI 57th World Congress which was held from May 26-31, 2006, where Dato' Alan formally stepped down for his successor Owen Gwyn from the USA. The completion of the presidency term, however, did not mark the end of Dato's involvement in FIABCI. In fact, he has taken on a new role as Chairman of the FIABCI Asia Pacific Regional Secretariat (APRS) until year 2008.

Represented in approximately 60 countries, FIABC, a voice for the real estate fraternity over 3,000 individual direct members. These add on to the estimated 2 million indirect members via the federation's network of more that 100 professional association participations.

During his tenure as World President from June 2005 to May 2006, Dato' Alan, who is also Bukit Kiara Properties (BKP) Group Chairman, traveled to almost 30 cities worldwide and chaired close to 70 functions in efforts to promote FIABCI for it to make meaningful and important contributions to the international real estate market.

In his last address as FIABCI World President, Dato' Alan thanked all members of FIABCI who had helped elevate the federation to an enviable reputation as the authentic voice of international real estate.

The permanent consultative status of FIABCI with the United Nations is indeed an accolade to his important role played by FIABCI as a relevant international organization in real estate, Dato Alan said.

It was also during Dato' Alan's stint as a World President that he learned of the federation's need to improve its limited financial resources, lack af recurring income and experience administrative cost of the Headquarters in Paris faced by FIABCI.

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