Let’s not dwell on my personal excuse (^_^)v for not blogging. During the first day orientation in my new workplace, there was this session which the new staffs are lectured on the Cooperative values and principle. Initially, when I looked at the orientation schedule, I thought this session will be a session about working with colleagues, how to interact to other employees and Teamwork (thanks to my miserable English (T_T), I totally mistranslated Cooperative ). To my surprise, it was about the philosophical and historical lecture about NTUC Income. I was shocked and happy at the same time, knowing that my company is a Cooperative, or we Indonesians call it ‘Koperasi’.
While the lecturer was explaining the cooperative values and the history of NTUC Income, my mind wandered remembering my Elementary and Secondary school time, which was the time when I was introduced to the concept of Cooperatives as the Backbone of Indonesian Economy (‘Koperasi sebagai Soko Guru pembangunan Ekonomi Indonesia’, CMMIW).
Although the concept of Cooperative is good and definitely suitable for Indonesia as most of its citizens are in the middle and lower class. I somehow become pessimistic with it. Mainly due to my own experience of the rise and fall of many Cooperatives in Indonesia. And partly due to the practice of corruption which is prominent in Indonesia.
As the Lecturer continued discussing about the cooperative values and history of NTUC Income, I feel like I was inhaling a fresh air, a very fresh one. The success story of NTUC Income, which was started in 1970 with a mere capital of SGD$1.2M and 14 part time staffs, growing and expanding, now become a huge enterprise with 1440 staffs, and asset of SGD$18 Billions, is an inspiration for me to believe again in the concept of Cooperative.
I have a really good feeling that I will love my new job dearly. Or as my Singaporean friend say ‘Die die must try to contribute …’