Scale Fees Benchmark For
Professional Bodies And Boards
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 (Bernama) --
Nine professional bodies and boards Friday agreed that the primary purpose
of scale fees is to set a benchmark to establish a reasonable level of
remuneration that commensurate with the provision of professional services
of an acceptable and recognised standard.
The nine were the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia, Association
of Valuers & Property Consultants in Private Practice Malaysia, Bar Council,
Board of Town Planners Malaysia, Institution of Engineers, Malaysia,
Institution of Surveyors, Malaysia, Malaysian Institute of Architects,
Malaysian Institute of Planners and Malaysian Medical Association.
In a joint press conference initiated by the Bar Council, the professional
bodies and boards issued a joint memorandum which, among others, noted that
on the contrary no scale fees often led to unhealthy undercutting of fees
and when the fees did not commensurate with the level of the services that
ought to be provided, the quality of service would be affected.
Therefore, they agreed that the scale fees would benefit and protect
customers as professionals would have to compete with one another on their
quality of service rather than on how low they can charge.
The memorandum also states that scale fees have been an accepted and common
method of charging for professional services in Malaysia and therefore, it
is neither appropriate nor beneficial at this juncture to abolish the scale
The professional bodies and boards also affirmed that in determining the
fees of their professions, it was necessary and desirable for scale fees to
"We further jointly affirm that effective and stringent measures must be
taken by the various professional bodies and boards to enforce their
respective scale fees against their members in order to ensure and preserve
high standards of the professional services rendered to the public," the
Darshan Singh of the Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca)
and Chang Kim Loong from the National Housebuyers Association also expressed
their support for professional scale fees and "no discount" rule.
Bar Council Chairman Yeo Yang Poh said the support by the two consumer
organisations was particularly significant and very much valued as it showed
that consumers in Malaysia are increasingly aware of the need for good
quality professional services.