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In early January this year, as part of the Staff Recreation Club (SRC) activity, SNCF staff had the opportunity to visit The Orphanage Foundation of Thailand. The organisation was established in 1974 by group of people who felt the need to help orphans without relatives.

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Packing in the bus as a team to save time, money and foster teamwork

The winning team from the activities at the orphanage


SNCF staff expended both personal time and money to donate, pack and deliver the bag of goodies comprising a backpack, water bottle, stationery and note book to the children. We also spent a fun-filled afternoon with the children, playing games.

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The children were all ready to start  Having fun playing musical chair game The ping pong game got all excited


Wu Jiaqing, Relationship Manager, SNCF said: “The visit to the orphanage is meaningful. A simple thing like playing games can light up the children’s faces. It made me realised that we should appreciate the things we take for granted”.

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Apart from the visit to the orphanage, the staff also bonded through cooking, and art and craft sessions.

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Teamwork is required to make the various clay figurines on time  Working as a team to paint the umbrella


Other articles from Co-operator Newsletter, January 2019 Issue:

There was a time when life insurance was something only the higher income group could afford. Insurance agents were better off selling policies that yield higher premiums and coverage.

Many low and middle-income workers found themselves not sufficiently insured, if at all, and any mishap would financially cripple them and their families.

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To meet the social need to provide affordable insurance for workers in Singapore, NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative was set up in 1970. It answered the call of the late Dr Goh Keng Swee made at the Modernisation Seminar in 1969.

By getting the workers to take out life insurance policies at a cost that they could afford, NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative helps alleviate hardship at times of unexpected events and build up savings for old age.

Sg Coop Story Ntuc Income 2When it was launched on 20 November 1970 at the Victoria Memorial Hall, it had secured a paid-up capital of $1.2 million. Mr Devan Nair, Singapore’s third president and first secretary-general of the NTUC, announced that NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative had already sold policies worth more than $1 million which was a world record since no other insurance company had ever secured such a volume business on its first day of operations. Its stunning success was attributed to what Mr Devan Nair termed ‘sound principles and public confidence’.

He said: “We should make no mistake. The success of NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative is the result of a pragmatic alliance between co-operative principles on the one hand, and the general public confidence generated by a sound management system and structure on the other.”

When NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative celebrated its second anniversary, it was already “internationally acknowledged to be the most uniquely successful co-operative insurance society to have taken shape anywhere in the developing world”, the late Devan Nair pointed out.

The achievement would not be possible if the “NTUC had gone about like starry-eyed idealists, swearing by co-operative principles but without understanding of the requirements of a sound management, working within a system of reliable organs of control”.

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By putting people before profits, NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative works on providing insurance plans that benefit Singaporeans regardless of their financial standing till today.

Quick Facts

  • NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative was the first co-operative to be set up by NTUC following the resolutions passed at the Modernisation Seminar in 1969.

  • It was registered on 29 May 1970.

  • The objectives of Income are:
    • to promote and popularise co-operative insurance and encourage thrift, cooperation, mutual saving and self-help among members;
    • provide policy benefits at the cheapest possible cost subject only to sound actuarial theory and practice; and
    • promote and assist in promoting a wider Co-operative Commonwealth in Singapore in which the majority of the working population would have a stake and from which they would derive concrete social and financial benefits.

Source: The Singapore Co-operative Story: 1925 – 2015 published by the Singapore National Co-operative Federation, 2015



Other articles from Co-operator Newsletter, January 2019 Issue:

Come January 2019, all co-operatives can register for the capability workshops conducted by SME Centres, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF), the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the Enterprise Singapore. 

SNCF together with the Strategic Planning & Finance Division at MCCY has been engaging the Enterprise Singapore for the past few months in this initiative. Enterprise Singapore has been supportive and agreed to extend development courses by SME Centres to co-operatives with effect from January 2019. 


SNCF would like to thank the Strategic Planning & Finance Division at MCCY for their support and help as well as the openness of Enterprise Singapore to work and collaborate together to grow and strengthen the co-operative movement.  SNCF will continue to work on opportunities to create awareness in ministries and agencies on the co-operative movement and the social impact the co-operatives deliver. 

Below are the upcoming workshops at the Centres. Affiliates can also refer to the following websites for the latest workshop schedules.

SNCF will continue to identify relevant development opportunities to strengthen the capability of our affiliates.

SME Centre @ Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME)


Enhancing Customers’ Retention Workshops & Diagnostic


  • Understand the benefits of customer loyalty in your business
  • Learn how to retain your current customers
  • Sharing of insights on customer relationship management software
  • Assess your company’s current customer retention level 

9 January 2019, Wednesday, 
1pm – 5pm

Venue: SME Centre @ ASME, Enterprise Room
167 Jalan Bukit Merah #03-13
Tower 4, Singapore 150167

Click here for registration 

Getting Started on Social Media Marketing


  • Understand the importance of social media marketing
  • Identify strategies to be adopted for the target market
  • Learn the key principles of SMM
  • Self-diagnostic tool of marketing

18 January 2019, Friday, 1pm – 5pm
Venue: SME Centre @ ASME, Enterprise Room
167 Jalan Bukit Merah #03-13
Tower 4, Singapore 150167

Click here for registration

Search Engine Marketing 101


  • Understand the key principles of Search Engine Marketing (SEM) for business owners
  • Learn key concepts in SEM
  • Help business owners to identify suitable SEM agencies for their business

23 January 2019, Wednesday, 1pm – 5pm
Venue: SME Centre @ ASME, Enterprise Room
167 Jalan Bukit Merah #03-13
Tower 4, Singapore 150167

Click here for registration

Fundamental Human Resource Management Workshop & Diagnostic


  • Learn about the six Human Resource Functions
  • Understand how to implement Human Capital Development frameworks
  • Setting Learning & Development Plans
  • Managing employee’s performance & remuneration

30 January 2019, Wednesday, 1pm – 5pm
Venue: SME Centre @ ASME, Enterprise Room
167 Jalan Bukit Merah #03-13
Tower 4, Singapore 150167

Click here for registration


SME Centre @ Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI)


HR Management: Self-Assessment & Enhancement


  • Overview of HR Diagnostic Framework
  • Introduction to HR Toolkit & “Health-Check” of your status
  • Government support schemes for HR management and enhancements

17 January 2019, Thursday, 2pm – 5pm
Venue: Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC)
490 Toa Payoh Lorong 6
#07-11 HDB Hub
Singapore 310490

Click here for registration


SME Centre @ Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) 


SME Survival Workshop: Get Ready for MOM’s WorkRight Inspection


  • Overview & updates of the Singapore Employment Act and penalties for non-compliance
  • Information on the employment of Foreign Manpower Act and toolkits to ensure company policies are compliant with the regulatory requirements

15 January 2019, Tuesday, 2pm – 5pm
Venue: 8 Jurong Town Hall Road
The JTC Summit, #26-06 (Boardroom)
Singapore 609434

Click here for registration



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Article contributed by SCCL

On 1 December 2018, Silver Caregivers Co-operative (SCCL) participated in the South-West Community Development Council (CDC) launch of “Caregiving @ South West”. This was the second time that South-West CDC organised such event that focused on supporting caregivers with a range of resources and network. Caregiving @ South West is a three-year initiative that promotes holistic caregiver support through the three pillars of Celebrate, Support and Empower.

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Photo courtesy: SCCL

The event was graced by the Minister of Health Gan Kim Yong and South West District Mayor Low Yen Ling. Mr Gan Kim Yong said, “Caregivers play a vital role in supporting seniors…All of us can lend a helping hand to the elderly and their caregivers. Every little action goes a long way.” Ms Low Yen Ling announced three new initiatives by the South-West CDC to better support caregivers, especially in an aging society with smaller families.

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The event was attended by more than 500 people including seniors, caregivers and care-recipients. Both Mr Gan and Ms Low visited SCCL’s booth and browsed through the various programmes, workshops and support offered to caregivers. They affirmed the good work and comprehensive caregiver programmes provided by SCCL, and looked forward to more in the upcoming year.

Read more about the event coverage on The Straits Times.


Other articles from Co-operator Newsletter, January 2019 Issue:

Mr Bachik Sgs Coop K V2In 1961, Mr Yusuf Bin Bachik joined the healthcare sector. To him, it was never just a job but a career where he could learn and take pride in. He recalled: “My salary, when I joined the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) in 1961 as a medical and health civil servant, was just $97 a month. But it was a job that I took great pride in and I stayed on till I retired at the age of 57.”

The same year, Mr Yusuf joined the Singapore Government Staff (SGS) Credit Co-operative as a member at the encouragement of his colleagues as he believed in giving back to society. “I was introduced to the Society through my colleagues, many of whom were members”, he said. Years have passed since then and he never looked back. He became a member of the Committee of Management (COM) of SGS Credit Co-operative in 1980 as he wanted to serve the co-operative more actively and Honorary Assistant Secretary in 2003. COM is responsible for driving the co-operative’s strategic mission to promote savings, and provide financial security, maximise financial growth and deepen a sense of belonging among members, management and staff.

“I am glad that I have had the opportunity to serve members through the Management Committee. Having come from a humble background, I understand the plight of junior public employees. I hope to continue serving as long as I can,” he declared.

Indeed, Mr Yusuf lived to his words, serving in COM of SGS Credit Co-operative for 40 years until his death on 5 December 2018.

Chairman of SGS Credit Co-operative Mr John Raghavan, PB, PBS said: “Mr Yusuf was a co-operator to his last breath. He had a strong sense of service to the Society, actively involving in the activities of SGS Credit Co-operative since 1961. Many people in the credit co-operative circle are acquainted with him and will definitely miss him. We all at SGS Credit Co-operative will fondly remember him for his good demeanour, commitment and contributions to the co-operative.”

The article is adapted from the book entitled “Sense of Belonging: A 90-Year Heritage” published by the Singapore Government Staff Credit Co-operative Society Limited in 2015.



Other articles from Co-operator Newsletter, January 2019 Issue:

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