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Published: Tuesday July 16, 2013 MYT 2:25:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday July 16, 2013 MYT 3:10:12 PM

Parliament: No TPPA if it is against national interest, assures Mustapa Mohamed

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will not sign the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) if it is against national interest, assures International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (pix).

He said views from all quarters would be sought before a decision is made on whether Malaysia becomes a signatory of the agreement.

"Of course if the agreement is detrimental to our sovereignty, we will not sign it.

"However, at the moment we are taking an open view as the negotiations are still ongoing," he told reporters at Parliament lobby on Tuesday.

A group of about 50 people demonstrated outside the Parliament building calling for a halt to the negotiations.

They also submitted a memorandum to Mustapa, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, calling for transparency in the negotiations and how the agreement would affect the rakyat.

Mustapa said that views expressed by some quarters, including the protestors, would provide the input for the negotiations.

He dispelled talk that the TPPA would result in the "corporate colonisation of Malaysia" by large US multinational companies or if a ratification clause would be included in the TPPA agreement with Malaysia.

"Such talk is premature as negotiations are still ongoing and a lot of points still to be discussed and ironed out," he said.

He said no fix date has been set for the agreement, which began in 2010, to be concluded.

Tags / Keywords: Government, Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, Mustapa Mohamed


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