Singaporean co-operators’ adventure to Malaysia

Co-operatives from Singapore and Malaysia have set off on a road trip to strengthen trade relations between the two countries.

Co-operatives from Singapore and Malaysia have set off on a road trip to strengthen trade relations between the two countries.

Co-op Wheels Adventure 2012 will help enable cross-border collaborations that will benefit the co-op movement in both countries.

The three-day expedition is supported by the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF), and was organised for the International Year of Co-operatives (IYC).

Mr Seah Kian Peng, Member of Parliament, flagged off the Singapore convoy on 5 October in his capacity as Advisor to the IYC National Committee Singapore and board member of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA).

The entourage of one bus and 14 cars, carrying more than 80 members from 12 co-ops, is personally led by SNCF’s Chairman, Mr Chan Tee Seng, and Chief Executive Officer, Ms Dolly Goh.

They will travel to Kuala Terengganu where they will meet and network with Malaysian co-ops and Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan Malaysia Berhad (ANGKASA), the national co-operative organisation of Malaysia.

“The opportunity to meet and interact with the Singapore co-operators is valuable. We believe given the proximity between the two nations, there will be immense synergies which we can tap into as the interaction continues,” said ANGKASA’s President, Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohd Ali Baharum.

The co-operators will get the chance to: visit co-operatives from various trades in Malaysia, attend a Gala Dinner sponsored by Angkasa, apex body for Malaysia’s Co-operative Movement and go on a scenic road-trip through popular spots like Kota Tinggi, Mersing, Sekayu Waterfall.

“Sustainability and delivering social good is at the core of every co-operative. Besides exploring productive collaborations to enhance their potential, the networking trip also provides a communicative channel to discuss the issues facing Singapore and Malaysia and how co-ops can better cater to societal needs,” said Ms Dolly Goh.

Singapore co-ops participating in this road trip include the Singapore Government Staff Credit Co-operative, Premier Security Co-operative, The Singapore Teachers Co-operative, Singapore Bank Employees Co-operative, Customs Credit Co-operative, Statutory Board Employees Co-operative, AUPE General Services Co-operative, TCC Credit Co-operative, Bedok Multi-purpose Co-operative and Citiport Credit Co-operative. They will be meeting their Malaysian counterparts such as Noor Arfa Batik Terengganu, Koperasi Niaga Losong, Koperasi Homestay and many more.

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