Forum in Penang tonight: TPPA revealed – what the text says


If you are in Penang and want to know more about the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – and it IS going to have an impact on all of us – this is where you want to be tonight.


Sdr Janarthani Arumugam – Pesticide Action Network – Asia Pacific; Empower
Sdr Sivarajan – Parti Sosialis Malaysia
Sdr Fauwaz Abd Aziz – Third World Network

Moderator: Dr Prema Devaraj, Aliran

Date: 8 December 2015
Time: 8pm – 11pm
Venue: Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang, Jalan Utama, 10450 George Town.

Organisers: Aliran and Suaram

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.

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  1. Najib said today the world acknowledged Malaysia’s Bumiputera ‎agenda as several countries had signed onto the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), adding that their acceptance showed Umno had succeeded in its struggle.

    He said in his policy speech at the Umno general assembly that he was not apologetic for defending the Bumiputera agenda when negotiating over the multinational trading pact‎.

    “In fact, we made history once again, when members of the TPPA accepted and acknowledged the Bumiputera policies as part of the TPPA terms at the global level.

    “This means Umno’s struggle has succeeded and the Bumiputera agenda is not just a national agenda, but the Bumiputera agenda has been raised and recognized on the world’s stage.

    Ps: I hope Anil would not be confused when meditating on such statements.

  2. TPPA won’t endorse direct negotiation dealings that Bolehland’s affirmative policy insists upon? With open tender system enforced under TPPA, English to become global commercial language and umnoputras have to compete beyond protected n favoured jaguh kampungs?
    Cuba fikir

  3. Country stands to lose in the long run, if economy is not liberalised, warns IDEAS.

    The think tank’s Chief Executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan said based on the two cost benefit analyses on Malaysia’s participation in the TPP conducted by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC), the country stood to lose in the long term by not liberalising the economy enough.

    “On the other hand, the two cost benefit analyses documented that Malaysia has obtained various exemptions and carve outs from the TPP, such as in the areas of Bumiputera policies and GLCs.

    “I understand the short term political needs for these exemptions. But from the perspective of the longer term welfare of the rakyat, these exemptions will blunt the full benefits of the TPP. It would mean that Malaysia will not gain the maximum benefit from this round of liberalisation,” he said.

    Is he worried that TPPA will affect NEP?

    • – Where is IDEAS getting its finance from? It often attends many conferences overseas. Has it made any statements on the real poverty including (a) median income (b) income of the bottom 20% (c) extreme poverty?
      – Nobel Laureates and others have already explained that (a) Malaysia will loose (b)gain for USA is marginal. Past treaties of this sort have proven disastrous for the PEOPLE of all countries participating including “developed” ones. So ask yourself why the politicians are so anxious to implement them.


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