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MAPEX 2017: Greater Connectivity for Better Affordable Living

 

 

15 April 2017, Kuala Lumpur – Dubbed the biggest property expo and real estate event anywhere in Malaysia, MAPEX (Malaysia Property Exposition) made its debut at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre (MVEC), Kuala Lumpur from 14 – 16 April 2017 (10pm – 9pm). MAPEX is organized by REHDA (Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association) in collaboration with its media partner Homefinder Malaysia. This year’s MAPEX featured over fifty real estate developers and their flagship property developments – homebuyers and investors were certainly spoilt for choice with a plethora of niche projects and affordable homes offered. There were mystery goody bags, free tickets to Legoland Malaysia, and cash rebates amounting to RM30,000 up for grabs for first-time house buyers. Visitors were also be treated to exclusive Property Talks by property gurus and industry professionals, including invaluable tips and tricks from local real estate experts.

 

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The national-level MAPEX was participated by premier developers showcasing a wide range of properties from affordable to exclusive and luxury, strata and landed properties respectively. Among the prominent exhibitors were EcoWorld Development Group, Mah Sing Group Berhad, Matrix Concepts Holdings Berhad, SP Setia Berhad, Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB), MKH Berhad, IJM Land Berhad, Putra Nilai Development Sdn. Bhd., among others. State-related agencies such Rumah Mampu Milik Wilayah Persekutuan (RUMAWIP) under the Ministry of Federal Territories, and Lembaga Perumahan dan Hartanah Selangor (LPHS) which offers Rumah Selangorku affordable housing for Selangor citizens also participated in the expo to offer quality homes to purchasers. REHDA has been organizing MAPEX for almost two decades since 1998, with the aim of encouraging home-ownership among Malaysians. MAPEX serves as an ideal platform for developers to showcase their latest properties to buyers and investors alike. With “Greater Connectivity for Better Affordable Living”, it is indeed timely an improved public transportation network can improve the quality of living, despite current economic circumstances. REHDA has always advocated that property ownership should be a financial hedge and a wealth creation asset.

 

(L-R): Y.Bhg. Datuk Seri FD Iskandar, YB Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, and Y.Bhg. Datuk Ng Seing Liong
(L-R): Y.Bhg. Datuk Seri FD Iskandar, YB Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, and Y.Bhg. Datuk Ng Seing Liong

 

Apart from public talks on pertinent subjects and topics, visitors to MAPEX 2017 also had the chance or opportunity to witness and participate in a forum which was specially organized for laymen and intellectuals alike. Based on the theme of ‘Affordable Housing and Connectivity’, the Forum itself featured renowned industry experts and professional speakers, namely Datuk Ng Seing Liong (2017 MAPEX Organizing Chairman / Past President & Patron of REHDA Malaysia), Dato’ Wan Hashimi Al-Bakri (COO of Sime Darby Property / REHDA Vice-President), Sr. Elvin Fernandez (Managing Director, Khong & Jaafar Group of Companies), Dato’ Pretam Singh (Partner, Messers, Pretam Singh, Nor & Co.), and also Mr. Ernest Bernard Towle (General Manager, StarProperty Sdn. Bhd.) as forum moderator.

 

MAPEX chairman Datuk Ng Seing Liong delivering his keynote address with conviction & gusto!
MAPEX chairman Datuk Ng Seing Liong delivering his keynote address with conviction & gusto!

 

With the new improved public transportation network, it is timely that this MAPEX has been themed ‘Greater Connectivity for Better Affordable Living’. The newly-launched Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and other upcoming LRT/MRT projects are set to change people’s lifestyle that is to opt for public transportation as the main vehicle for travelling especially when commuting to work. Efficient public transportation will make our cities free from gridlock or at least less congested. With this in mind, we are honoured to have the Minister of Transport himself; Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai to officiate the Opening Ceremony. On behalf of the MAPEX Committee, I would like to express our appreciation to all developers who have been our loyal supporters all these years, making MAPEX the longest running and biggest property exposition of the nation. “MAPEX is BY the Developers, FOR the Developers, and OF the Developers.” Let us work together towards achieving the nation’s housing agenda.” – Y. Bhg. Datuk Ng Seing Liong, MAPEX 2017 Organizing Chairman, and REHDA Malaysia Past President & Patron.

 

REHDA president Datuk Seri FD Iskandar delivers a rousing speech amid a full crowd & audience
REHDA president Datuk Seri FD Iskandar delivers a rousing speech amid a full crowd & audience

 

Efficient public transportation is of equal importance as quality housing in transforming our country into an urban nation especially as we aimed towards making the Greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley into the World’s Top 20 Most Livable City By 2020. Efficient public transportation does not only help to reduce traffic congestion and improved urban growth and productivity but also brings about economic spin-offs and provides more opportunities for developments such as shopping malls, residential, office buildings, etc. This is especially important in anticipation of the Greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley to house about 10 million residents by 2020. Quality housing is one of the major factors for socio-economic development as it reflects the success and progress of a country. Building a nation is not only about providing a safe country, but also to provide a gratified and conducive environment along with an efficient transportation network that will influence and shape the public’s welfare, productivity and development.” – Y.Bhg. Datuk Seri FD Iskandar, President of REHDA Malaysia.

 

Transport Minister Dato Sri Liow Tiong Lai reminds Malaysians the essentials of public transportation.
Transport Minister Dato Sri Liow Tiong Lai reminds Malaysians the essentials of public transportation.

 

Congratulations to REHDA for their ongoing commitments in supporting the Government of Malaysia’s efforts to make home-ownership accessible to all. Themed “Greater Connectivity for Better Affordable Living”, this year’s MAPEX is indeed timely and crucial. As Minister of Transport, enhancing the nation’s connectivity through transportation networks by land, air and sea has long been a core focus. In this regard, the Ministry of Transport implemented numerous initiatives aiming to create an integrated, efficient, secure and convenient transport system for the Rakyat. After all, transit-oriented developments (TODs) have become increasingly valued. They contribute greatly to growth of any township, which in turn serves to drive our nation’s socio-economic growth. In line with this, I am pleased to note that a significant number of public transportation projects has seen successful progress and implementation over the past year.” – YB Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport, Malaysia.

 

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(T-B): YB Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai officiating MAPEX 2017, and receiving a token of appreciation.
(T-B): YB Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai officiating MAPEX 2017, and receiving a token of appreciation.

 

(T-B): Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai during his property walkabout, and at the MAPEX 2017 press-con.
(T-B): Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai during his property walkabout, and at the MAPEX 2017 press-con.

 

 

TTien Media Group (the publisher of Homefinder) with their dedicated booth at MAPEX 2017.
TTien Media Group (the publisher of Homefinder) with their dedicated booth at MAPEX 2017.

 

 

(L-R): The TTien Media team – Isabelle Tan, Lilian Khow, Dinesh Alawanthan and Elywin Wong.
(L-R): The TTien Media team – Isabelle Tan, Lilian Khow, Dinesh Alawanthan and Elywin Wong.

 

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(L-R): MAPEX Property Forum moderator Mr. Ernest Bernard Towle (General Manager, StarProperty Sdn. Bhd.), Sr. Elvin Fernandez (Managing Director, Khong & Jaafar Group of Companies), Dato’ Pretam Singh (Partner, Messers, Pretam Singh, Nor & Co.), Datuk Ng Seing Liong (MAPEX Organizing Chairman & Past President/Patron of REHDA Malaysia), and Dato’ Wan Hashimi Albakri (COO, Sime Darby Property & REHDA Malaysia Vice-President).
(L-R): MAPEX Property Forum moderator Mr. Ernest Bernard Towle (General Manager, StarProperty Sdn. Bhd.), Sr. Elvin Fernandez (Managing Director, Khong & Jaafar Group of Companies), Dato’ Pretam Singh (Partner, Messers, Pretam Singh, Nor & Co.), Datuk Ng Seing Liong (MAPEX Organizing Chairman & Past President/Patron of REHDA Malaysia), and Dato’ Wan Hashimi Albakri (COO, Sime Darby Property & REHDA Malaysia Vice-President).

 

 

The general public has been encouraged to attend the Forum as they will surely gain beneficial information and get their relevant queries answered. Learn various tips and tricks on home purchasing, and find out where and when to buy, as well as your rights as a purchaser. These and more were discussed in detail during the forum.  Demand for property is still high even though the property market is still quite sluggish. End-financing issues faced by house buyers have also dampened sales. Financing is most essential in house purchases, and there is no better platform than MAPEX to search for a dream home. For more information, please visit MAPEX online at: www.mapex.com.my, email: secretariat@rehda.com, or contact: +603-7880 8000. Also, follow MAPEX on Facebook – “MAPEX : Malaysia Property Expo”, and on Instagram: MAPEXbyREHDA for local real estate updates.

 

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