Bantah TPPA says the US would be able to impose its interpretations of TPPA upon Malaysia.
PETALING JAYA: New research shows that the United States would be allowed to dictate terms to Malaysia in the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), Bantah TPPA alleged today.
Bantah TPPA Chairman Nizam Mahshar referred to a new website, TPPANoCertification.org, saying it showed that the US Congress would be able to impose its interpretations of the TPPA upon Malaysia.
Also stated in the website is how the US was responsible for drafting laws in Peru.
Nizam asked: “Would the Malaysian government – just like Peru – allow the Americans to intervene in the writing of the bill to stop preferential treatment for local SMEs and demand equal opportunities for foreign companies of the same nature to compete?”
According to Nizam, the Malaysian Ministry for International Trade and Industry (MITI) has not yet noted Bantah TPPA’s proposal for each chapter in the agreement to be discussed in detail between the agreement’s negotiators and the civil society.
He clarified that Bantah TPPA was not against trade agreements but believe ”such agreements should be specifically about free and fair trade and not come with prerequisites on how a government runs a nation.”