KOTA KINABALU: Cooperatives in the state are encouraged to venture tourism and downstream industries, said the Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Hj. Yahya Hussin.
The state Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry said cooperatives’ involvement in both sectors that have been identified as the nation’s main profitable resource and able to improve cooperatives’ contribution in increasing the country’s KDNK yield.
“WE want cooperatives to take part as the main player in the effort to strengthen the country’s economic growth, as well as a catalyst together with the public and private sectors.
“Tourism and downstream sectors have the potential to create work opportunities for the local community and generate income for individuals or cooperative bodies,” he said.
Yahya was speaking during the launching of the Bicara Profesional Programme for Tourism and Downstream Activities Potential in Generating Profit for Cooperatives, and the MKM Promotion Training Programme 2016 at TH Hotel, Sembulan, today..
He also wants cooperatives in rural areas to be directly involved with tourism industry especially in offering eco-tourism products.
“Rural areas are rich with natural resources, these are assets that can generate economy activities for localized cooperatives,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sabah MKM Deputy Director, Jabit Jaudin, said MKM is committed in fulfilling the aspiration of cooperative bodies and assisting them in handling the increasing operating cost faced by them, especially in Sabah.
He said more than 794 courses have been organized by MKM nationwide, with 65 was held in Sabah.
Also present were the Director of Sabah Cooperative Commission of Malaysia, Haji Umar Sarim Saidin, invited guests, government department and agencies’ officers, and heads of cooperative bodies. –SayangSabah