NGOs to hold rally against TPPA

KUALA LUMPUR: A coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has planned a peaceful rally outside the US embassy on Fridayto protest against Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

The protesters will gather outside the Tabung Haji building in Jalan Tun Razak at 2.15pm before marching to the embassy to submit a memorandum in protest of the agreement.

The Coalition To Act Against TPPA, comprising 52 NGOs and seven coalition councils, hope the rally will raise public awareness on the agreement, which they believe is detrimental to the economy.

“We have been waiting for a drastic move from the government but until now there is no change,” Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM) spokesman Abdul Muqit Mohammad told a press conference here.

“Therefore, we have no choice but to proceed with the rally because the TPPA is detrimental to developing countries like Malaysia.

“We will up be against corporate giants in the US. Our chances of losing out are very big. It is not that we are not capable of competition, but our involvement is not smart,” he added.

Positive Malaysian Treatment Access and Advocacy Group for people living with HIV/AIDS (MTAAG) director Edward Loh said the protest was against US involvement in Malaysia’s policy-making.

He added that the group hoped Putrajaya would take notice of their concerns and conduct roundtable discussions with all stakeholders before reaching a decision.

“We are hoping that the big rally this Friday will capture Putrajaya’s attention,” he said.

Loh warned the government of a bigger rally during US President Barack Obama’s visit to Malaysia in October if Putrajaya ignored their concerns.

Suaram activist Ahmad Syukri Razab said they had complied with the 10-day notice as stipulated under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

“We have informed the Dang Wangi police of our plans to hold the rally. We’re hoping that they will help ensure the rally proceeds peacefully.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the cabinet did not set a date to sign the much-disputed deal.

Under the TPP, Malaysia will become an integral part of the greater economic integration with the Asia-Pacific region.

Though there will be access to products and services as well as purported bigger markets, the country will also be at risk of several negative impacts that will influence the economic security of the


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