Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

Transformation for cooperatives

BY NATASHA JEE & ALVERDTEKOSTER ANYAP

KUCHING: A presentation paper on the transformation for cooperatives will be presented to the Federal Cabinet this coming week, said Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development (Medac) Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

He said this is in line with the ministry’s aim to strengthen the cooperative movement in line with the National Co-operative Policy which targets a cooperatives revenue contribution of RM100 billion by 2030.

“So how do we achieve this vision and aspiration of the cooperatives? That is why I am now working on the transformation for the cooperatives. God willing, the presentation paper will be presented to the Federal Cabinet this coming week.

“There are two papers … And my ministry has decided that the transformation of cooperatives be given priority because we want to launch this transformation in November,” he said.

Wan Junaidi said this when officiating at the ‘Bicara Ilmu: Niaga Tani Pintar Jana “Income Steady’ programme organised by Cooperative Institute of Malaysia (CIM) at Imperial Hotel yesterday (Oct 17).

He said the purpose of this transformation movement is so that the cooperatives can be connected to the mainstream business world, as many cooperatives particularly in the rural areas are still not connected to one another.

“That is also why Medac wants to look into how to establish an online market for the seller and the buyer,” he said.

On the topic of modern agriculture, Wan Junaidi said it was important for entrepreneurs and members of the cooperatives to shift from traditional to modern way of farming by using Internet of Things (IoT) as it could bring lucrative income.

“The Sarawak government has taken the right approach and is serious in developing modern agriculture such as setting up the Rampangi Permanent Food Production Park (PFPP) which uses fertigation system.

“This PFPP will also be expanded in Lundu, Betong, Sri Aman and other areas in the state so that local community can be involved in modern agriculture,” said Wan Junaidi.