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MALAYSIA STILL LOOKING AT PROS & CONS OF CPTPP, SAYS DR MAHATHIR

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said, Malaysia is still looking at the pros and cons of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and has yet to make any final decision on the trade pact.

The CPTPP is a renegotiated trade deal borne out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), after the United States pulled out from the TPP.

During a meeting with Members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York, on Wednesday, the prime minister explained that negotiations on the TPP were done by the previous government, in which he was not involved. I am opposed to the trade pact because it was not a fair kind of trade agreement, as it gave companies the power to sue governments for loss of future profits, and things like that. I thought, that was too dangerous for small countries to be associated with, said the prime minister, who is in New York on a working visit, during which he will attend the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Dr Mahathir also expressed concern that the TPP tended to take a stand that was almost anti-Chinese and he felt any trade agreement in that area, must include all the countries and there should be no discrimination. That is why we have not made any final decision on the trade pact. We are still looking at the pros and cons. Malaysia has a peculiar problem because we are in the process of reshaping our economy that is towards more equitable among the races in Malaysia, he said.

Asked on Malaysia’s view on the future of TPP after the US withdrew from the trade pact, Dr Mahathir said, the new government had not really considered on that, adding, we will have to think about what kind of policy we will have on that issue.

The revised CPTPP pact was signed by the remaining TPP member countries, namely Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, on Mar 8.

Source: NAM News Network

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