The Malaysian Institute of Planners chartered object is “ to promote the science and art of Town Planning for the benefit of the public…” It does this primarily by ensuring the existence of a body of professional planners with the appropriate knowledge, training and skills to promote the advancement of town planning in Malaysia since 1972.
The Malaysian Institute of Planners is a professional institute that is a membership-registered organization. Most of its members are fully qualified professional town planners, working as planning officers with various federal, state and local authorities, as town planning consultants, lecturers in universities or as planners for developers and various organisations with significant land banks.
MIP has since its inception champion and lead progress and change in planning practice, address issues of importance to the planning profession and the public interest and deliver relevant and contemporary benefits and services to its members.
The Institute provides the following core services to its members:
- Berita Perancang, a quarterly magazine that keeps members up-to-date on current planning issues and topics of interest,
- Planning Malaysia, a journal on new and innovative Planning Ideas, Thoughts and Knowledge.
- Planning Excellence Awards,
- Annual National Convention,
- Information on professional development and career opportunities.
FUNCTIONS OF THE INSTITUTE
- To establish and maintain a Register of members of the Institute comprising of qualified Professionals in the field of town planning
- To undertake research, programs and projects and assisting organizations and individuals, both locally and internationally in the science and technology of Town and Regional Planning
- To devise and impose standards of knowledge and skills for persons seeking membership of the Institute
- To draw up a guideline on the scale of professional charges to be binding on all works and projects undertaken
- To disseminate information pertaining to Town Planning and to publish such materials as may be appropriate
- To establish courses and undertake training programmes that are accredited, in the technology of Town and Regional Planning
- To assist and advise Government, local authorities, public or private bodies in the science of Town and Country Planning, in the best interest of the community
- To provide facilities for communication and interchange with other professional associations and educational and scientific bodies on matters relating to the practice of Asset Management
- To carry out any other activity incidental to its function and objectives
Designed by Mr. Chin Wai Yeong
- It is an inverted form of Ebenezer Howard’s three horse shoe magnets in which the chief advantages of living in the Town and the Country were set forth with the corresponding drawbacks, while the advantage of the Town-Country concept of the Garden City are seen to be free from disadvantages of either. While Ebenezer Howard’s three magnets did not have any circles to bind them together, the MIP logo has the three magnets bound by two circles to reflect the need to marry town and country to give new hope, a new life to a developing Malaysia.
MALAYSIAN INSTITUTE OF PLANNERS – ITS BEGINNING
In conformity to the decision a Protem Committee comprising of Mohd Rosli bin Buyong, Chung Weng Foo, Tan Soo Hai, Chin Wai Yeong and T. Mahesan was elected to draft the constitution for the proposed Institute. This committee met several times at 13, Jalan Yong Shook Lin, Petaling Jaya which was then the office of Tan Soo Hai.
On the 6th September 1971 at a meeting held at the conference room of the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning, Jalan Cenderasari, Kuala Lumpur, the findings of the committee was presented. The 20 members present approved the constitution and elected a Protem Executive Council to legally establish the Pertubuhan under the Akta Pertubuhan 1966. The members of the committee were:
President - Mohd. Rosli bin Buyong
Vice President - Tan Soo Hai
Hon. Secretary - Chung Weng Foo
Council Members - Timothy Lam Thim Fook
Ishak bin Ariffin
Raja Mohd. Ali bin Raja Osman
Ong Hong Fong
Application to register the Institute was made in November 1971 and a temporary license to operate the Institute was issued by the Registrar of Society in December 1971. The full certificate was issued on 26th July 1972. It is history after that.
Legitimizing the Profession
We owe a debt to many of our members and to others for help given in steering the Town Planners Act through various levels of the Government. The Act itself was originally initiated by MIP. A draft was prepared in 1973 and discussed at a Special General Meeting held at the conference room at the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning, Kuala Lumpur. The amended version was circulated by the then Secretary, Chung Weng Foo to all the MIP members and adopted by the MIP Council on 26th January 1974. This draft Act was then sent to the then Minister of Local Government and Housing, Tan Sri Ong Kee Hui. Twenty-one years later and after countless representation by the Council to the respective Ministers, the Town Planners Act was finally approved by Parliament in 1995.
The distinction of securing the Act is not the doing of any one individual. Every President and Council in the intervening 21 years did much work in paving the way for the event, and much also has depended on the support of the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning and the Ministry of Local Government and Housing. Dato’ (Dr.) Ishak bin Ariff, the Director General of the Department of Town and Country Planning and his successor, Dato’ Zainuddin Muhammad and Dr. Mohamad Nong from the Ministry steered the Act through the National Council of Local Government and the Ministry. Dato’ Anwar Musa a Cabinet Minister at that time and a corporate planner of the institute provided invaluable assistance to ensure a smooth progress of the Act through the Cabinet.
MIP PAST PRESIDENTS
1972 / 73 Haji Mohd. Rosli Buyong
1973 / 74 Haji Mohd. Rosli Buyong
1974 / 75 En. Tan Soo Hai
1975 / 76 En. Tan Soo Hai
1976 / 77 Tuan Hj. Ishak Ariffin
1977 / 78 Tuan Hj. Ishak Ariffin
1978 / 79 En. Mohd. Ahyat Hj. Mohd. Nor
1979 / 80 Haji Mohd. Rosli Buyong
1979 / 80 En. Tan Soo Hai
1980 / 81 En. Tan Soo Hai
1981 / 82 En. Tan Soo Hai
1982 / 83 En. Ho Khong Ming
1983 / 84 En. Ho Khong Ming
1984 / 85 En. Lawrence Chan Kek Tong
1985 / 86 En. Lawrence Chan Kek Tong
1986 / 87 YB Dato’ Mohd. Ishak Hj. Mohd. Arif
1987 / 88 En. Robert Gan Chin Huat
1988 / 89 En. Lawrence Chan Kek Tong
1989 / 90 En. Lawrence Chan Kek Tong
1990 / 91 En. T. Mahesan
1991 / 93 En. T. Mahesan
1993 / 95 En. T. Mahesan
1995 / 97 En. Ho Khong Ming
1997 / 99 Dr. Mohammad Nong
1999 / 2001 Pn. Khairiah Talha
2001 / 2003 Pn. Khairiah Talha
2003 / 2005 Tn. Hj. Mohamad Nazri Jaafar
Administrative Executive Cik Siti Nor Azmi
Project Executive Mohd Ariffin Ahmad
Project Executive Vacant
Project Executive Vacant