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TPPA not selling the country

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – Oct 14, 2015: Rumours accusing several ministers of “attempting to sell the country” with regards to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) are “very hurtful” and are untrue, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar today.

Wahid said accusations of him and several ministers including International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed “selling the country” were circulating  in “WhatsApp” chat groups.

“We have no other agenda than to have the best for the country and the people. I believe Tok Pa (Mustapa) and his MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry) team have been relentless in obtaining a desirable outcome for the country from the TPPA,” he said in a WhatsApp message to The Mole.

“It is a norm that whenever agreements are being negotiated those involved would want the agreement to suit the interest of their respective parties.

“Every country involved in TPPA’s negotiation wants the agreement to benefit their respective country but through such process we have reached a consensus that brings mutual benefits to everyone,” Wahid said.

He added that the TPPA that has been concluded in Atlanta on Oct 5 has been greatly amended from its previous form.

In fact, Wahid said that several of Malaysia’s national policies have been recognised in the TPPA, including those on bumiputera inclusiveness, government procurement, investor state dispute settlement  and intellectual properties.

He also clarified that the agreement is now undergoing a legal scrubbing process before it can be released for public perusal.

“Everything will be tabled in Parliament and the agreement will only be signed after the house has reached a collective agreement.

“Therefore, instead of forwarding unofficial and dubious information regarding TPPA, it is best for everyone to wait until the official facts are presented,” Wahid said.

On Oct 5, Mustapa was reported to have said that Malaysia would never sign TPPA if the terms stipulated in the agreement violated the nation’s constitution and core policies.

He also assured that all representatives present in the negotiations have agreed to take into consideration almost all of Malaysia’s concerns and sensitive issues.

Besides Malaysia, among the countries involved in TPPA’s negotiation are the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

Despite becoming The MOLE's journalist in 2014, he still has a hard time traversing the city. If he is not lost, this northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make some sense out of the Malaysian political sphere.