Ex-Rehda president Eddy Chen named PR1MA chairman

Former Rehda president Eddy Chen has over three decades of experience in the real estate industry. (rehdainstitute.com pic)

PETALING JAYA: A former Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (Rehda) president has been appointed chairman of the 1Malaysia People’s Housing Programme (PR1MA) which is aimed at building affordable housing for the middle-income group in key urban areas.

Eddy Chen’s appointment takes effect on on Oct 1, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

Chen, who has over three decades of experience in the real estate industry, takes over from Alies Nor Abdul, who resigned on June 1.

Also appointed to the board were Faris Yahaya, Mohd Ali Abdul Karim and Ahmad Shahrul Mohamed.

A check on Rehda’s website reveals that Chen – who was previously named CEO of the year – also sits on various government-private sector committees related to the housing and real estate industry, including the Pemudah national task force that deals with abandoned housing projects nationwide.

Chen, who was Rehda president from 1998 to 2002, is also the immediate past chairman of Rehda Institute, a non-profit foundation which acts as the training and research arm of the association.

He is the managing director of MKH Berhad, a Kajang-based developer.