The conundrum of professionalising building surveying in Malaysia

Abdul Rashid, Abdul Aziz and Suresh, Subashini and Renukappa, Suresh (2020) The conundrum of professionalising building surveying in Malaysia. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 38 (35). pp. 621-634. ISSN 2398-4708

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Purpose The purpose of this study is to track the series of setbacks by a few like-minded persons since the early 1990s to entrench building surveying as a profession in Malaysia. Design/methodology/approach Data were sourced from elite interviews with authoritative individuals who have been championing building surveying as a profession and supplemented by secondary sources. Findings Established professional bodies became hostile to what they perceived as attempts to encroach on their professional jurisdictions. There was even a move to subjugate building surveyors to the auxiliary role. The ultimate aim to obtain statutory “ring fence” around the proposed building surveying profession did not find favour with lawmakers. Research limitations/implications The limitation of small sample size was compensated by referral to past publications. Practical implications Latecomers face an uphill challenge in negotiating for legitimacy from established professions and lawmakers alike in a situation when no new work demand avails. Building surveyors in Malaysia have to either wait for external changes which would allow their traditional role to be formally recognised or take up new specialisations. Originality/value Additional empirical findings were uncovered to complement past studies. The main contribution lies in demonstrating the explanatory powers of the sociological lens for future studies on professions in the construction industry.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Elite interviews, Inter-professional competition, Theory-based explanations, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Built Environment
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Built Environment
Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Built Environment
Depositing User: Tuah
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2020 08:06
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2020 08:06

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