測量師時代 SURVEYORS TIMES

Issue: 2012.06

Are Surveyors sidelined in Society?

The surveying profession has enjoyed a long standing in the United Kingdom and even helped conduct the first land sale in Hong Kong. Since the early 1980s, localization of the profession has accelerated and we now boast a 5,000-plus membership, which should be a significant component of society.
From acquisitions, design, construction, sales, and leasing to the property management of a development, the hand of surveyors is present in many components of extensive economic activity. Yet the public knows pityingly little about surveyors and their indispensable responsibilities. This is a social blind spot that we need to ponder and address.
Another puzzling fact is that even within the single largest employer of surveyors --- the government --- leadership roles are more, often than not, taken by non-surveying personnel, which has led to the deterioration of the profession since the handover.
Did such a problem arise from the minute classification of the surveying specialty? Is the public confused over our different tasks? Or are there other reasons for this lack of acknowledgement? Surveyors contribute greatly in all sectors of the housing and real-estate industry, and our collective voices should be heard in society.
It is not too late to rectify society’s unfamiliarity with the surveying profession’s economic contributions, and now we have been presented with a chance to do that. Whether or not we can consolidate and act as a single entity and find an united voice and speak up will very well be the tipping point towards our better representation in Hong Kong. The new administration has big plans for the future, and whether or not surveyors will play a major role in them depends on everyone in the surveying community choosing the right path.

測量界別是否被社會忽視?

測量師的專業,在英國有數百年的歷史;其於香港的足跡,在開埠後首次拍賣土地,已是由測量師主持。時至1980年代初,測量師加促本地化,至今學會已有超過五千位專業會員,應是社會一股不可小看的中流砥柱。

從土地規劃、發展以至物業管理、維修保養等,都是測量師的專業,但在一般市民大眾心中,測量師的工作,最深的印象大抵是樓宇按揭估價、樓市評論和在街頭豎鏡製作地圖;對測量師的專業則了解甚少。何會有如此現象,作為業界的一份子,大家都或許曾有疑竇。
不少測量師於政府機構內服務,參與大量實務工作;但令人費解的是在關於房地產專業範疇內的決策領導階層,卻往往不是測量師;這個「外行指示內行」的現象,在回歸十五年後,情況反而比殖民地時代更為嚴重﹗

測量師在經濟民生的貢獻,是否被廣泛認受,從種種事例可見一些端倪:建築測量師對樓宇安全監督功不可抺,但有危樓情況之際,公眾接受之專家是否一定是建築測量師呢?工料測量師於物業發展成本控制,成績有目共睹,但屢屢發生嚴重超支的公共基建工程,政府決策人對工料測量師作為獨立成本控制專家,其所的提議卻無動於衷;道路爆水管緊急搶修時,才驚覺土地測量工作重視不足,管道圖則錯漏百出…… 各種例子不勝枚舉,令人握腕。

問題是否出於測量師的專業,有太多精細的分類,以致群眾不清楚各個專業範疇,導致其形象模糊而專業被忽視,或是尚有其他原因?本地化進程超過四十年,六個專業界別其實鏈鏈相扣,對香港經濟社會支柱 --- 房屋地產,有著舉足輕重的貢獻;如果能夠集合各從業者,團結數以千計的界別力量,在社會中發聲時,是否會有更響亮、更合符測量業界實力之效應!

而測量師業界是否決意找適合代表,從各種不同渠道,於制度中爭取發揮所長位置,亦是我們要深思的議題。很多仝人因為生活緊張,業務繁忙,無遐兼顧社會或專業發展的問題;但連學會應否置業作永久辦公室這樣簡單但重要的議題,問卷調查反應毫不踴躍,那是否表示,測量師自身亦不關心自己專業的發展,願意放棄其應得的社會認受和重視呢﹖

測量師的專業知識與經濟貢獻,與獲得社會重視不成正比,並非不可逆轉的情況;千里之路始於足下,與其默默耕耘、低著頭逆來順受,在新特首帶領的新一屆行政架構,決意積極檢討房屋政策的當下,現在是否是一個最佳的時機,讓我們團結力量、積極展現社會能量﹖究竟我們可以做些什麼,令測量師能發揮其應有專長並展現影響力,提升社會的地位及再引起群眾重視呢?請大家集思廣益,為自己的專業奮鬥吧!

 

 

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