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Saturday August 17, 2013 MYT 7:44:37 AM
PETALING JAYA: MCA has applauded the Government’s assurance that it will defend the interest and sovereignty of Malaysians during the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations.
In a statement, the party’s Young Professionals Bureau chief Datuk Chua Tee Yong also welcomed the Government’s promise not to be part of any agreement that would deny the rakyat access to affordable medicine.
“I am also glad to hear that the Government has agreed that Malaysian participation in the TPPA should not be bound by any fixed timeline,” he said.
The International Trade and Industry Ministry had earlier said that the Cabinet felt that Malaysia should not be bound by any fixed timeline with regard to the agreement as several major issues – including state-owned enterprises, and labour and intellectual property rights – remained unresolved.
In a special Cabinet meeting on Thursday, the Prime Minister and Cabinet had directed Malaysian negotiators to continue ensuring that Malaysia’s sovereignty was defended and to only agree to the TPPA with terms that were favourable to the country.
The special Cabinet meeting was held as part of the ongoing process to update and seek fresh mandates from the Cabinet on the TPPA.
Chua urged the Government to conduct more forums for the public to ensure they fully understood the TPPA.
“It is crucial for the rakyat to understand the TPPA so that the issue will not be politicised,” he said adding that once all the issues have been addressed, the agreement would bring more benefits to the country’s economy.
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