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21 MAY 2021

Update on Holding of Annual General Meetings (‘AGMs’)

  1. As Singapore has entered Phase Two (Heightened Alert) on 16 May 2021, co-ops should avoid organising physical work-related events (including AGMs) unless critical, and should conduct virtual meetings instead. All work-related events that proceed must adhere to prevailing workplace Safe Management Measures (‘SMM’) ( and are subjected to the following requirements:
    1. Up to 50 persons (or a lower number, depending on venue capacity based on safe management principles) may attend.
    2. Strict adherence to SMM requirements, e.g. attendees must wear masks at all times, with at least 1 metre safe distancing between individual attendees.
    3. Food and drinks are not allowed at work-related events.

Work-related events at third-party venues will also be subject to any additional premise owners’ safe management policies. Separately, co-ops should note that social gatherings at the workplace are disallowed.

  1. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly, co-ops should ensure that they keep abreast of the latest requirements as and when they are announced, which may supersede the information in para 1 above (or otherwise provided by the Registry).


  1. Co-ops should rely on the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Alternative Arrangements for Meetings for Charities, Co-operative Societies and Mutual Benefit Organisations) Order 2020 (‘Order’) to hold their AGMs virtually. Please refer to the Guidelines and FAQ for co-ops on our website ( => “Resources and useful links”). We encourage co-ops to seek the advice of legal or corporate secretarial professionals if they need assistance in preparing for the AGMs.


  1. For info, the Order was amended (in Apr 2021) to further extend the alternative meeting arrangements beyond 30 Jun 2021, until the Order is revoked or amended by the Ministry of Law (‘MinLaw’). It is envisaged that the Order will continue to be in force for at least as long as the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 is in force. To provide certainty to co-ops organising meetings, MinLaw will give at least 6 months’ advance notice before the alternative arrangements cease to be available.


20 APRIL 2021

COVID-19 Relief Measures: Duration of Alternative Arrangements for Meetings has been Extended

The Ministry of Law, in consultation with relevant Government agencies, has extended the duration of legislation that enables entities to hold meetings via electronic means, beyond 30 June 2021. The COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Alternative Arrangements for Meetings for Charities, Co-operative Societies and Mutual Benefit Organisations) Order 2020 will continue to be in force until revoked or amended by MinLaw. This provides co-ops with greater legal certainty to plan their meetings, and the option to hold virtual meetings to minimise physical interactions, amid the continuing COVID-19 situation.

You may refer to the Ministry of Law’s press release issued on 6 April 2021 here.

The guidelines and FAQ for co-ops on the conduct of virtual general meetings were updated on 16 April 2021.

View more links and resources here.

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The sessions will be held on Zoom. To register, Whatsapp Silver Caregivers Co-op (SCCL) at 98303165.
A small admin fee of $3 for SCCL members and $6/for non SCCL members is applicable.

Zoom Session Date Time

 Resilience: How to develop it

  • Have you ever desired that you could overcome your hurdles with ease?
  • Have you admired people who bounce forward from their problems and wish you could do the same?


Sccl Tea Session WendyChua 26MarGuest Speaker: Ms Wendy Chua-Sullivan

Wendy started her own leadership practice in 2003, WAND INSPIRATION, after working as a School Psychologist at Raffles Institution.She has over 20 years of experience as an educator for personal transformation,applying Psychology to help leaders and teams build resilience and better performance.She has written 23 books based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, and developing resilience. Since March 2020, Wendy has given PDF copies of her book “The WAND Way to Resilience” to healthcare workers and anyone who wants to bemore resilient. Wendy is married, with four grown up children, and a volunteer for families at risk programmes. She will share on how caregivers can develop resilience and build confidence andstrength to live reenergised lives.

26 March 2021 (Fri)  6.30 - 8.30pm

 Seeing & experiencing the positive in caregiving

  • When do we experience gain in caring for an older parent or spouse who needs care?
  • “Even in the pain there is gain” said a caregiver
  • What might these positive outcomes be & how can they be experienced?
  • Dr Yap will share from his professional experience and local research on caregivers

Sccl Tea Session DrPhilipYap 30AprGuest Speaker: Dr Philip Yap

Philip Yap is a geriatrician and palliative care physician in the Dept of geriatric medicine KTPH. He is also an Adjunct Assoc Professor in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS & Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, NTU. His interests are in dementia care, end of life care & long term care.

30 April 2021 (Fri)  6.30 - 8.30pm
Ang Hin Kee
Mr Ang Hin Kee, newly appointed CEO of SNCF

Seasoned unionist Ang Hin Kee will from 1 November 2020 be the Chief Executive of the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF), succeeding Ms Dolly Goh.

Mr Ang's appointment will be concurrent with his current roles as the Assistant Director-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), and its Director of Operations and Mobilisation.

Mr Ang brings to SNCF more than 15 years’ experience in working closely with the ground to ease employment and employability concerns. Most recently, from May 2011 till June 2020, he was the Member of Parliament in the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency.

In taking over the SNCF baton, he will be steering a co-operative movement that has been rooted in Singapore for more than 95 years, and whose resilience and adaptability is yet again being tested by the sudden, widespread changes from COVID-19. Brick by brick, the co-operative movement has helped build the nation by providing affordable daily essentials, education and training, healthcare, financial services, recreation, and employment opportunities, as well as increase inclusion of the less advantaged, such as the elderly and vulnerable.

Mr Ang said, “Co-operatives exist to benefit members and help to improve lives. COVID-19 underscores the social role of co-operatives in helping members tide over difficult times from holding prices of everyday essentials to providing special loans, monetary and other forms of donations. In sharing a common set of values and principles to enhance the cohesiveness of society, co-operatives have shown again and again the power of Singaporeans working together to ride out the fiercest storms.”

He continued: “COVID-19 has disrupted the old ways, changing the way people live, work and play. It also presents opportunities for the co-operative movement to help build a new normal that is more caring and inclusive. I am humbled to have this fresh opportunity to steer the co-operative sector to help businesses and individuals to adapt and thrive in these volatile times. I also look forward to working closely with our co-operatives to strengthen their businesses so that they can better serve the interests of their members and meet the needs of the broader community.”

Alongside the Government’s many financial lifelines to help Singaporeans tide over the pandemic’s severe impact, the co-operative movement rolled out initiatives to support the community through this challenging time. Demonstrating co-operative values of self-help, mutual help, care for community and co-operation, one of SNCF’s youngest members, GP+ Co-operative, joined hands with the Singapore Statutory Boards Employees’ Co-operative Thrift and Loan Society to enable the distribution of more than 10,000 masks to migrant workers. NTUC FairPrice Co-operative had also pledged S$500,000 for those in need.

SNCF Chairman Kwek Kok Kwong said Mr Ang has much to contribute to the movement from his many years at the forefront addressing evolving employment and societal needs. Mr Kwek said, “With his extensive experience in labour matters and grassroots connections, Hin Kee will help us identify faster, and in more targeted ways, how best to reinvent our businesses and support our stakeholders.”

As SNCF is also a strong advocate of lifelong learning, Mr Kwek is heartened that Mr Ang is well-acquainted with upskilling and reskilling issues, an area that is much needed for workers to stay relevant in a fast changing world. From 2012 till 2018, Mr Ang was the Executive Secretary of the Education Services Union. He is currently Advisor to the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Academic Staff Union.

Mr Kwek said: “I look forward to Hin Kee leading the co-operative movement to better engage the youths of today in our unique model of business to do good and do well. Their embracing of the co-operative principles of self-help and mutual assistance will do much to sustain collectively in these disruptive times.”

Mr Tng Ah Yiam, newly appointed Chairman of SNCF

Mr Tng Ah Yiam has been appointed Chairman of the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF). Previously SNCF’s First Deputy Chairman, Mr Tng takes over the Executive Council position from the late Mr Kwek Kok Kwong.

Mr Tng will continue to work closely with the board and management of SNCF to promote and develop the strategic direction of the Singapore Co-operative Movement, which has been rooted in Singapore for over 95 years. Today, there are 64 affiliated co-operatives serving the needs of more than 1.4 million members in Singapore by providing affordable daily essentials, education and training, healthcare, financial services, recreation, and employment opportunities, as well as increasing inclusion of the less advantaged, such as the elderly and vulnerable.

Mr Tng is also the Chief Procurement Officer at FairPrice Group, comprising NTUC FairPrice Co-operative, NTUC Foodfare Co-operative, Kopitiam and NTUC Link.

On his new appointment, Mr Tng said: “Co-operatives have come a long way, helping to improve lives since its early days by tackling social issues and supporting members through difficult times. Our co-operative values such as mutual help and co-operation are even more relevant in this current climate. Besides working together with our co-operatives to create more value, opportunities and impact for our members and the broader community. I also look forward to continuing Kok Kwong’s work in advocating for collaboration and youth engagement to help businesses and upcoming generations embrace and embody the unique business model of co-operatives to do good and do well.

He continued: “To that end, it heartens me to see the establishment of three new co-operatives – A Good Space, Helmet and The Penguin, and Agape Energy Efficiency Co-operative, despite 2020 being a very challenging year. It is encouraging to see a new generation of purposeful co-operatives set up to inspire collaboration and innovation in the community (A Good Space), provide affordable haircuts to senior citizens at nursing homes as well as vocational training and employment opportunities to marginalised groups in Singapore (Helmet and The Penguin), and to provide technical education and training to youths-at-risk (Agape Energy Efficiency Co-operative).”

SNCF Chief Executive Ang Hin Kee said Mr Tng has much to offer to the co-operative movement from his many years on the ground addressing community needs as a co-operator. He said: “I look forward to Ah Yiam’s leadership in his new role as we steer the co-operative sector to adapt and thrive in these volatile times. The embracing of co-operative principles such as self-help and mutual assistance will also enhance the cohesiveness of society and to build one that is more caring and inclusive, something that we need in these disruptive times.”

The Registry of Co-operative Societies has informed the credit co-operatives in September 2019 of the Mandatory Induction Courses (“MIC”) for key officers. The MIC modules are designed to equip the key officers with basic understanding of the regulatory requirements and best practices for good governance.


Download the Course Outline 


Who should take this course?

We encourage all members of your Committee of Management and Key Officers from your respective co-operative to attend this MIC Module 2 training.

Training Details


7 November 2020, Saturday

9am to 5pm

Trainer                    Ms. Rendy Chen


Registration Fees   $20 per person (After subsidy from CCF)



Please download the registration form and email to us at [email protected] by Friday, 30 October 2020. For further information, please contact your respective Relationship Manager.


  • If the minimum number of attendees for these classes is not met, the class will be cancelled or postponed till further notice.
  • SNCF reserves the right to make changes to any of the above details.

More than 500 youth competed in Singapore’s only co-operative social enterprise business challenge

creathon2021 group photo semifinals 16012021Group photo of CREATHON 2021 participants during Semi Finals held on 16 January 2021

Singapore, 18 January 2021 – A ground-up initiative connecting people with urban food sources to tackle food security, an issue that came into the spotlight during the global COVID-19 pandemic, clinched the top prize comprising a cash prize of S$4,000 and a funding of S$10,000 if their application as a co-operative is successful, at the CREATHON business challenge organised by the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF). The business challenge provides a platform for local enterprising youth to collectively come up with innovative solutions to address social and economic challenges facing Singapore today.

The winner of the Open Category is Urban Origins, a five-person team led by Suzanna Farid Tang. Their business plan revolves around a co-operative platform dedicated to all local food sources in Singapore by being a marketplace that aggregates local urban farm produce, agri-food tech products, upcycled food, alternative protein and home-based Food and Beverage businesses, for consumers. Its social mission is to fortify local food sources for the future of our food security. It prides itself in providing consumers with a curated list of all local food options, from ingredients to ready-to-eat, that are fresh, safe, traceable, sustainable, and lowest in food miles.

URBAN ORIGINS 2Winner of CREATHON 2021 Open Category, Urban Origins, featuring Suzanna Farid Tang (bottom) and the judges.

Suzanna Farid Tang, 28, founder of Urban Origins, said: “The biggest takeaway from participating in CREATHON was to attend workshops and openly getting feedback from mentors from different co-operatives and social enterprises. They gave us valuable feedback on how we can structure and run our co-operative business better and take it to the next level. Moving forward, we want to engage our local food companies to partner them and collaborate closely with them. Onboarding them onto our platform along with home-based Food and Beverage businesses will help us build an ecosystem of local food sources, making it much more convenient and affordable for consumers to support and buy a variety of locally-produced food.”

Back for its second run, CREATHON is the only co-operative social enterprise business challenge in Singapore. An idea accelerating event aimed at triggering innovative thinking, entrepreneurial spirit, and business development in youth, CREATHON challenges participants to conceptualise and develop solutions using the co-operative business model, to help address any particular social issue of today.

This year’s competition saw a record participation of 104 teams, up from just 40 teams last year, competing across three categories: School Category (aged 13-17), Institute of Higher Learning Category (aged 17-23) and the Open Category (aged 17-35). The Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) Category is introduced this year to cater to IHL students.

Following two rounds of evaluation in December and January, 15 finalists presented their business ideas in the live finals yesterday (17 Jan), which took place over Zoom and Facebook Live on SNCF’s Facebook page.

Winner of CREATHON 2021 IHL Category, Life Changers, featuring team members from Life Changers (bottom) and the judges. Winner of CREATHON 2021 School Category, Fortino, featuring team members from Fortino.

The winning idea in the IHL Category came from ITE College Central (IHL Category) who presented their plans to create a mobile app platform to support ex-offenders by connecting them with job opportunities and offering them free IT and resume writing workshops that are conducted by volunteers and counselling services. Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) emerged the winner of the School Category. The team presented the idea of a food delivery service that aims to alleviate the food waste problem by using soon-to-expire ingredients and turning them into affordable, nutritious meals.

Loke Jun Hui, 22, team leader of Life Changers from ITE College Central, shared that their CREATHON journey started out when their lecturer knew about the competition and reached out to them. They felt encouraged when their lecturer, Ms Peh Bee Ling, believed in them. The journey has evolved into one that is also inspired by their own personal encounters with ex-offenders as the team learnt how difficult it was for them to start afresh. “Through this idea, we wanted to help them to get back on the right track,” said Jun Hui.

Mr Ang Hin Kee, Chief Executive Officer of SNCF said: “I am heartened to see so many youth taking up the challenge to come up with innovative solutions to help address the social challenges that we are facing in our society. Seeing the exchange of ideas also paints a good picture on the concerns of the next generation – from reducing food waste and promoting sustainable living to looking after the mental wellness of youths and supporting vulnerable groups such as the elderly and single mothers. More importantly, we get to hear from them on new ways to tackle social and economic issues and impact the community in a positive and sustainable way.”

Judging the finals were Tines Anabarasan, committee member of A Good Space Co-operative and a co-founder of SerendipET, a social enterprise which offers experiential learning programmes for all demographics and psychographics; Leow Teck Sim, Chairman of Ngee Ann  Polytechnic  Consumer  Co-operative and  Chairman  of  Campus Co-operatives Sector; Russ Neo, Founder of Social Collider, a collaborative, co-working, and co-innovation community for impact organisations; and Kristy Ho, Registrar of Co-operative Societies.

Participating youth also had the opportunity to gain entrepreneurial and business advice through talks, workshops, and mentorships with affiliated co-operatives such as Agape Energy Efficiency Co-operative, social entrepreneurs such as the founders of Infinite Transports and Inclus, and SNCF. They also networked and connected with like-minded individuals with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and exchanged ideas with one another.

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National Silver Academy (NSA) Course Details
Training Provider: Singapore Professionals and Executive Co-operative Limited


Course Details

Date: 19 & 20 October 2020
Time: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Location: Online



age 50 and above

Course Fee $360 $72 
COVID-19 Support $80 FairPrice Voucher


Course Objectives

We are now living in an environment where job success involves external interaction such as participation, communication, and cooperation. In such an environment, we would realize that we need a language of both the heart and the head which will involve dealing with people as we ourselves learn. Hence people managers and team leaders must understand that in today’s new workplace, they must be more intuitive; diverting from the traditional ways of leading that have become too predictable and uninspiring.

Act with Tact is crucial to harmony and greater productivity in the workplace!

Learning Outcome

This workshop aims to equip learners with the skills to cultivate inspiring teamwork, to act with tact, using the special language of the virtues.

  • Identify teachable moments where the language of tact can be spoken
  • Identify and draw clear boundaries to manage workplace behaviour
  • Honor their own spirit (feelings) and those of others.
  • Listen and companion others around them

Topics Covered

Module 1: Speak the Language of the Virtues

  1. How to say anything with Tact
  2. How to acknowledge a virtue when they see someone practicing it. Eg. “You were careful with the measurements…”, rather than “lucky you were not careless”
  3. How to guide and correct by naming the virtue involved while avoiding habits that shame and humiliate. Saying “What could you do to be helpful right now?” names the virtue whereas “Why are you so forgetful/lazy etc?” shames the employee.
    • How to “catch” the employee /trainee doing the things right and acknowledge their efforts to improve at teachable moments.
    • How to recognize that teachable moments are moments of awareness where the manager/trainer sees or creates an opportunity for the employee/trainee to master a virtue or character trait.

Module 2: Set Clear Boundaries

  • Understand why employees/trainees need clear boundaries to work effectively.
  • How do managers/leaders establish boundaries that are specific, positive, and consistent?
  • How to set consequences that are restorative rather than retributive, and educative rather than punitive for the employee/trainee.
  • How to communicate rules clearly, making sure that the recipient understands the reasons they are receiving a consequence if rules are broken.

Module 3: Honour the Spirit

  • How to respect and honor that which makes each person unique, that is, their participation, importance, and self-esteem.
  • How to create special times with special rituals to enhance the employee/trainee’s attitude and sense of belonging.

Module 4: Listening and Companioning

  • How to ask door-opening questions to initiate conversations, questions that are open - ended & non-judgmental.
  • How to practice listening and receptive silence.
  • How to help employees identify which virtues might be useful to them in resolving their own issues rather than having their supervisors/teachers solve all their problems for them.


Learning Methodology

To anchor the learning, the workshop incorporates interactive delivery of contents, trainer-led facilitation, sharing of industry best practices; mini case studies; plenary group sharing & discussions and skill practices; self-reflection/ assessment; individual/organisational action planning; etc.



Phyllis Chew is Ph.D. ACTA certified and has taught at various public schools in Singapore before her professorial tenure at the National Institute of Education. She is a recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award, The Teaching Excellence Award as well as MCD’s Distinguished Long Service Award for Volunteerism.

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 For enquiries, please Call 8031 8318 or email to [email protected]

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