It seems that the recent speech by the Managing Director of MAS has triggered a strong response from the industry. I guess it is because he mentioned points that will have a significant impact to the industry like raising the entry criteria from the current 4 ‘O’ levels to keep up with current education trends and removing commission based sales to fee based structure.

Some opinions I heard include:
– “Oh no, it is going to mean more exams and paperwork.”
– “It simply will not work! Customers will not pay a fee. They have been so used to receiving free advice.”

In my opinion, raising the entry criteria is only keeping up with the current education standards. Most of the population is at least a diploma holder. At least, it will make the industry seem a little more professional as this point is often poked fun at …