Angkasa members told to realign biz plan in view of Covid-19

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AFFECTED members of Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan Malaysia Bhd (Angkasa) should take appropriate steps to re-strategise their business plan in a bid to minimise impacts arising from the Covid-19 outbreak.

Its president Datuk Abdul Fattah Abdullah said the affected cooperatives, especially those operating in the homestay, tourism, haj and umrah businesses, need to consider alternative strategies.

Due to Covid-19, Angkasa’s initial target of achieving RM50 billion in revenue as set out in the National Cooperative Policy 2020 may not be achievable, he said.

“We have achieved RM40.3 billion in 2018, and the estimate for last year was around RM43 billion. This year, our target is RM50 billion, but if this (Covid-19) is not resolved, the target will not be achieved.

“The target can only be achieved if the cooperatives review their business plan. For example, if their businesses are too exportdependent, they need to find business activities that are not too affected with the Covid-19,” he said.

Abdul Fattah, who was met by reporters after officiating Negri Sembilan’s Angkasa conference in Seremban yesterday, also announced the postponement of overseas promotion for cooperative products due to the virus outbreak.

Angkasa, he said, stands ready to guide the affected cooperatives based on eight leading sectors of the cooperative business including wholesale and retail, finance, innovation and technology.

“We recommend them to focus on wholesale and retail activities as they involve services to members, in addition to its huge potential,” he said, adding that about 14,417 cooperatives with 6.05 million members are registered with Angkasa as at June 30 last year.

The cooperative sector, according to him, contributed 3% to the country’s GDP.

Asked on the Covid-19 stimulus package announced by the government last week, Abdul Fattah described the economic aid as good, but could be better if it takes into account the role of cooperatives. — Bernama