PETALING JAYA: Malaysia had always been “non-committal” in terms of international trade agreements until the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), PKR lawmakers claim.
“Malaysia was always non-committal under the premiership of Tun Abdullah Badawi and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the question now is, why the change?” Alor Setar MP Gooi Hsiao Leung queried on Monday.
Gooi, who is PKR international bureau chairman, also alleged that the TPPA would interfere with the sovereign rights of a nation, where foreign companies could conduct businesses that “weren’t allowed before”.
“So what is the driving factor for this? Is it for economic reasons or geopolitical reasons?” he asked.
He said Tun Abdul Razak Hussein had also taken a non-aligned approach and was the first to regularise relations which China, a nation excluded from the TPPA.
Although Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman (pic) had recently denied that the TPPA was driven by political and geopolitical considerations, Gooi said explanations were still necessary.
He added that both Dr Mahathir and Abdullah should weigh in on matters concerning geo-politics when they were in office.
Good questioned what motivated Dr Mahathir to take a strong policy stand in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against American economic demands.
“What considerations motivated Abdullah from not signing the US Free Trade Agreement? Anifah should explain what geo-political factors are motivating him to pursue the TPPA,” Gooi added.
Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen also insisted that TPPA would only bring in “minimal” economic growth to Malaysia and was not a “game changer”.
“We just get minor gains but is it worth our sovereign right?” Wong asked.