TPPA did not ignore Malaysia’s concerns, says Mustapa


Source: The Malaysian Insider

The recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations agreed to take into consideration almost all of Malaysia’s concerns and sensitivities, such as government procurement, state-owned enterprises and Bumiputera issues.

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the flexibility accorded to Malaysia included longer transition periods and differential treatment for the country’s sensitive areas.

“Let me reiterate that whether or not Malaysia becomes a party to the TPPA will be a collective decision.

“Once the complete and official text of the agreement is prepared, it will be in the public domain and presented to Parliament for debate.

“We will also hold full consultations with interested parties and the public,” he said in a statement in Kuala Lumpur today.

Mustapa represented Malaysia at the TPPA negotiations with 11 other parties, namely the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

He added that Malaysia would never be party to an agreement which violated the constitution or undermined core policies.

Malaysia also insisted that the TPPA should not deny the public access to affordable drugs and healthcare, while ensuring necessary incentives for pharmaceutical innovators. – Bernama, October 5, 2015.

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