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We promote confidence and prudence in Mutual Benefit Organisations

WHAT WE DO

Mutual Benefit Organisations (MBOs) are membership-based entities which provide relief to their members. There are currently 69 MBOs in Singapore.

The MBOs are regulated by the Registry of the Mutual Benefit Organisations, under the Mutual Benefit Organisation Act (Cap 191) and the Mutual Benefit Organisation Rules. As a regulator, the Registry seeks to protect the collective interests of MBO members by promoting prudence and accountability for the use of the MBO funds by the office bearers in the MBOs. 

The Registry also promotes sound management and governance of MBOs. This way, people in Singapore will have greater confidence in the MBOs to meet their needs, and lead to some volunteering their time in the governance or administration of the MBOs, thus building a gracious and caring society we call home.

Did you know?

While MBOs may be affiliated with clans or associations, MBOs and clans or associations are separate legal entities.

Latest news

16 August 2021


Appointment of Registrar


Ms Crystal Du was appointed as the Registrar of Co-operative Societies (replacing Ms Kristy Ho), with effect from 23 July 2021.

24 May 2021


Phase Two (Heightened Alert) – Avoid Holding Physical AGMs


As Singapore has entered Phase Two (Heightened Alert) on 16 May 2021, MBOs should avoid organising physical work-related events (including AGMs) unless critical, and should conduct virtual meetings instead. The Ministry of Manpower’s tightened Safe Management Measures for the workplace must be complied with.

MBOs should rely on the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Alternative Arrangements for Meetings for Charities, Co-operative Societies and Mutual Benefit Organisations) Order 2020 to hold their AGMs virtually. Please refer to the Guidelines for MBOs under “Alternative arrangements for general meetings”.

19 Apr 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 MBOs 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 for MBOs on the conduct of virtual general meetings were updated on 16 April 2021.

8 May 2020


The guidelines and templates for MBOs on the conduct of virtual general meetings were issued on 8 May 2020.

27 Apr 2020


To facilitate the conduct of virtual general meetings by co-operatives, the “COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Alternative Arrangements for Meetings for Charities, Co-operative Societies and Mutual Benefit Organisations) Order 2020” (‘Order’) was issued on 27 April 2020.