Business community the driving force for economic growthencourage

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KUCHING: There are more than 900 cooperatives in Sarawak with more than 340,000 members.

Out of the 900 cooperatives, 200 of them have about 100,000 members who are actively participating in business activities.

“The contribution of the business community, including those involved in cooperatives, to both state and country cannot be denied,” said Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Bumiputera Entrepreneur Development) Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais in his welcoming speech at the National Cooperatives Day at Kuching Waterfront here recently.

He said the business community including those in cooperatives, organisations and enterprises have been the driving force of economic growth of the state as well as the country.

“The government only plays the part as facilitator and policy maker as well as basic infrastructure provider to encourage the growth,” said Naroden, who is also Assistant Minister of Resource Planning.

He said the economic sector had been playing a crucial role in the country’s development by creating job and business opportunities which further resulted in the increase of purchasing power, reduction of unemployment and poverty among the people.

With the presence and participation of cooperative delegates from Sabah and Peninsular states as well as foreign countries such as Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, Naroden hoped the event would provide an opportunity for local business community to build ties and establish network not only with those from other states but also those from neighbouring countries.

“What is important is that, as a target group which has benefited from the government’s policies and programme, we should be appreciative of the security and harmony which we are enjoying.

“We should not take for granted the security and harmony of our state and country which has allowed us to conduct our businesses peacefully without worries,” reminded Naroden.

About 200 promotional booths were set up for cooperative members throughout the nation to showcase their products.