KUALA LUMPUR: PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang was taken to task for linking support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to the Chinese community.
MCA Youth chief Senator Chong Sin Woon chided Hadi for having a narrow view of the TPPA.
“The PAS president has such a narrow-minded way of seeing things as TPPA is not a race-based agreement.
“How can it be solely of Chinese interest when the agreement includes other nations such as Japan, Canada and the US,” he told reporters at a press conference after officiating the SMK Cheng Perdana’s Lim Kok Yeong multi-purpose hall here on Saturday.
He urged Hadi to “wake-up” to the realities of globalisation where the agreement would benefit the nation as whole.
“Please don’t use the racial lens to look at everything.
“It is a shame that there are still leaders talking like this even as we are about to become a high-income developed nation in four years time,” he said.
On this afternoon’s anti-TPPA protest, Chong said while it was the right of Malaysians to voice their protest, it should be done within the boundaries of the law.
“With regards to the TPPA, those that protest must make sure they know what they are protesting about,” he said, adding that such demonstrations should not be guided merely by anti government sentiments.
He noted the Government has been transparent in the handling of the TPPA.
“This can be seen from the special Parliament sitting this Jan 26 to allow lawmakers to debate the TPPA,” he said.
Chong, who is also a member of Dewan Negara, went on to affirm his own support for the TPPA.
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