The Co-operative Rating System and the Internal Management Factors Influencing the Performance of Co-operatives in Sabah, Malaysia: An Exploratory Study

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Sharon Cheuk

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This paper describes an exploratory study into the co-operative rating system of Suruhanjaya Koperasi Malaysia (SKM), and the internal management factors influencing the performance of co-operatives in Sabah, Malaysia, as identified by the SKM. Secondary documents review and interviews with SKM officials were employed to discover the formal rating process executed by SKM. A survey was also conducted on 101 finance officials of Sabah co-operatives on their awareness level of the financially-relevant circulars/guidelines issued by SKM and their own assessment of their co-operatives, based on the identified internal management factors. The SKM rating process is then described. Survey results indicated that officials were largely not familiar with the financially-relevant SKM circulars/guidelines, and had a neutral/positive assessment of their co-operatives’ capital and financial position, liquidity, general asset position, investments, management, income quality and IT system. A significant number were neutral/agreed that the collectibility of members’ accumulated loans could be doubtful.Keywords: Co-operatives, Sabah, Malaysia, rating process, internal management factors

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CHEUK, Sharon. The Co-operative Rating System and the Internal Management Factors Influencing the Performance of Co-operatives in Sabah, Malaysia: An Exploratory Study. Management & Accounting Review (MAR), [S.l.], v. 11, n. 2, p. 69-93, dec. 2012. ISSN 2550-1895. Available at: <http://arionline.uitm.edu.my/ojs/index.php/MAR/article/view/206>. Date accessed: 18 june 2018.
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