Mohd Talhar Abdul Rahman

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Chairman, C H Williams Talhar & Wong

Mohd Talhar became Chairman of the WTW Group of companies in 1982.

He had his early education in Pontian English School, Batu Pahat High School and the English College, Johor Bahru. In 1959 he was awarded a Johor State scholarship to study for the professional examinations of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), at the College of Estate Management, University of London. He completed his Finals in 1962 and became a Chartered Surveyor in 1964. He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1973.

His professional career development started with his emplacement in 1962/63 as trainee Estates Officer with the Welwyn Garden City & Hatfield Development Corporation, England. He began his career in the public sector in 1964 where he joined the Johor State Civil Service serving in the Local Government & Housing Department. In 1967 he joined the Valuation Department of the Ministry of Finance as Regional Valuation Officer, Southern Region based in Johor Bahru. His move into the private career started when he set up Talhar & Co in 1973. In the following year, he teamed up with Colin Williams (of C H Williams & Co) and Wong Choon Kee, to form C H Williams Talhar & Wong Sdn Bhd.

He was actively involved in the profession in Malaysia during its early years in the 1960s through to the 1980s serving on numerous occasions as Council Member of the Institution of Surveyors Malaysia. He was elected a Fellow of the Institution in 1985. He served in the first Board of Surveyors, and in the reconstituted Board of Valuers & Estate Agents on two further occasions. He co-founded the Association of Valuers & Property Consultants in Private Practice (PEPS) holding office as its first President. Internationally, he was closely involved with the International Asset Valuation Standards Committee (IAVSC) from its inception in 1982 to 1995 as Malaysian representative and serving as a member of the Executive Board for three years.

During the period from 1970s to 1990s, he had presented over 50 papers and lectures at numerous national and international and real estate conferences, seminars and forums. He also served as Visiting Professor at the School of Engineering & Geoinformation Sciences, Universiti Technology Malaysia during 2001/2.

His particular great interest in the profession is in Landuse Research, Planning and Development and in the Education and Training of future professionals in the real estate realm.