KUALA TERENGGANU: A RM100mil “co-operative hub” modelled after a similar project in Chiengmai, Thailand, will be built in Glenmarie, Shah Alam, in Selangor, to showcase the products of co-operatives to locals and foreigners.
Land and Co-operative Development Deputy Minister Dr Tan Kee Kwong said the ministry would submit a concept paper to the Cabinet for approval by the end of the year.
“It is an integrated building incorporating an exhibition centre, a stage for cultural performances as well as shops and a hawker centre.
“It is necessary as the majority of the 4,100 co-operatives in the country cannot afford to rent commercial space or bear other costs to sell their products, including handicrafts,” he said yesterday.
He said the centre would be located on a 16.5ha site owned by the Federal Government near the Japanese school with easy access to highways.
Tan said co-operatives can exhibit their products by paying a nominal rental instead of the more than RM5,000 rental if they were to rent commercial space.