TPP : Five Questions to Malaysian MPs – Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz

Source: FMT News

The Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM) filed a Judicial Review seeking a court order to stop Putrajaya from signing the TPPA on the basis that the agreement would cause adverse effects on the sovereignty of the Federal Constitution and our domestic legislation.

FMT News file pic

FMT News file pic

BY MUHAMMAD FAISAL ABDUL AZIZ

Finally, after more than two years of mystery, the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement- “America’s biggest secret” has been revealed to the public following persuasions by the NGOs and coalition group #bantahTPPA.

Public protests, awareness campaigns and conventions have been organized time and again but none of them have succeeded in opening the eyes of the Malaysian government to the concerns of the general public on the new trade regime. This prompted the group led by Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (ABIM) to file a Judicial Review on the 4th of November 2015 seeking a court order to stop Putrajaya from signing the TPP Agreement on the basis that the agreement would cause adverse effects on the sovereignty of the Federal Constitution and our domestic legislation. Read more

Suhakam starts probe into Sosma detainees’ torture allegation

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) activist Amir Abdul Hadi (centre) with the family members of detainees alleged to have been abused, tortured by authorities, at a press conference last week. – The Malaysian Insider pic, January 25, 2016.

Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) has initiated an investigation into the allegation that several detainees under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) have been abused by the authorities.

The commission said it had contacted the police to inquire on the matter through a letter dated January 19 and requested to meet with the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) soon to discuss the issue and possible cooperation to shed light into the allegation.

“We are still investigating the case since receiving a memo from the family of a Sosma detainee in November last year,”

“So far, we have recorded statements from four detainees (we got three other names from the first detainee),” Suhakam told The Malaysian Insider today. Read more

Discuss TPPA in public’s interest – Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Source: The Malaysian Insider

BY JOMO KWAME SUNDARAM

Jomo Kwame Sundaram. Source: IFPRI (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifpri/); taken from TPPDebate.org

Jomo Kwame Sundaram. Source: IFPRI (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifpri/); taken from TPPDebate.org

Parliament has a rare opportunity to do the right thing – first, to allow more time for careful consideration of the 6,350-page Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) document, which will have a huge impact on our collective future, and second, to unite across party lines to protect public interest for present as well as future generations of Malaysians.

Who gains how much?

Most people think the TTPA is about greater growth from freer trade. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even the overly optimistic computable general equilibrium (CGE) projections, made on methodologically moot grounds, recognise that more trade does not mean more growth.

After all, freer trade not only means more exports, but also more imports. Without adequate compensatory mechanisms, nothing guarantees that all will benefit.

The net gains for growth from increased trade are difficult to estimate reliably, and depend very much on crucial assumptions made for modelling. Read more