Bantah TPPA: Don’t sign TPPA without heeding 75 ‘red lines’

Without being allowed to go into the details of the finished chapters, we cannot guarantee nor prove that the ministry is keeping to its word, says Nizam Mahshar.

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Bantah TPPA is shocked by the announcement of Prime Minister Najib Razak that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement should be concluded by the end of this year. This was reported on 23 May 2014 by national news agency Bernama.

We consider the announcement as a breach of trust. The government through Minister of International Trade and Industry (Miti) Mustapa Mohamed had promised that this agreement would only be concluded once all of the 75 ‘Red Lines’ highlighted by Bantah TPPA were addressed.

The call to complete negotiations involving 12 nations in 12 months without even a thought to ensuring the feedback, active engagement and proper transparency of civil society and relevant stakeholders shows that Najib has capitulated to the demands of others involved without a care to the rights of Malaysians as a whole.

Bantah TPPA would ask Najib to remember his pledge in the report on 23 May and before that the agreement would only be concluded on our terms.

If not, the prime minister should be prepared to pledge dropping out of TPPA negotiations as it would be a waste of time to continue without guaranteeing our sovereignty is secure.

Furthermore, Bantah TPPA would also ask the prime minister to refrain from constantly mentioning that this agreement has more benefits compared to the cost of its implementation in Malaysia.

We ask this because the prime minister and his government has yet to release any substantial proof of this claim – and as such are promoting hearsay.

The government through Miti has promised as early as August 2013 to produce an interim Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) report as well as a National Interest Assessment (NIA) report within two months which they continually say are underway and would be the basis of the government’s decision on the TPPA.

If so, how is Najib promising that the “benefits outweigh the costs” when these research documents to determine such have not yet been completed or be made public?

It is this misleading talk with no factual evidence that makes the people and relevant stakeholders hesitant about the government’s dealings throughout the negotiations of this agreement.

Bear in mind, Malaysia is not the only nation with qualms regarding the TPPA. Australia still stands firm against the implementation of investor state dispute settlements (ISDS) and New Zealand’s people are against agricultural corporations breaching its borders.

Furthermore, Bantah TPPA questions Mustapa’s recent call for more transparency regarding the TPPA negotiations as reported on 20 May by national news agency Bernama due to the prime minister’s statement.

Can the minister be transparent while at the same time railroading this agreement simply to meet our prime minister’s suddenly announced deadline?

In so far as interacting with Miti, civil society has not been given a chance to be actively involved in the negotiations of the TPPA to ensure that our points are met and not under threat.

In summary, Bantah TPPA wants to know the details of the agreement, not the broadstroke “show and tell” sessions that have been conducted to this day by the ministry.

What we have seen thus far in interacting with the government is a constant promise that the 75 Red Lines we have highlighted are being held fast.

However, without being allowed to go into the details of the finished chapters, we cannot guarantee nor prove that the ministry is keeping to its word.

We have yet to ascertain any proof of what Mustapa is promising and – in some instances – have been told of contradictory stances by sources within the ministry particularly on the issue of medicine and intellectual property.

Former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad himself in a speech against the TPPA has cautioned Malaysians that when our government joins international agreements, we have a tendency to lose out.

As such, it is a necessity that the negotiations of the TPPA be made public and allow constructive feedback from relevant stakeholders to ensure that Malaysians as a whole will benefit from it.

Nizam Mahshar is chairperson of the Bantah TPPA campaign.

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  1. charleskiwi says:

    Whatever it is just keep America out of this organisation, period. They are just a big bully, self appointed police of the world. They are the first and only country of the world to drop an atomic bomb and now has atomic bombs in their arsenal but they do not allow, I repeat do not allow other countries to try and build one and try to put all sorts of sanctions on them to impede the development of it.
    Look at their role in UN, have they done what was and is expected of them ? No, they invaded Iraq twice without the approval of the UN in fact they are the biggest debtors of UN. Would only pay portion of their share if UN will do what they want, they wouldn’t issue a visa to the Iranian Ambassador just because UN happens to be located in NY.
    They have military posts in so many countries outside of US, why ? Isn’t that a sign they are all readied to go to strike at any country that are not acting and doing things their ways ? After they have achieved what they want they would abandon them like in Vietnam, now they are finding excuses to exit Afghanistan, just because they did not like the way Taliban runs the country. Don’t forget they helped them to get rid of the Russian in the first place so that Taliban can rule the country ?
    In the recent Shang-la dialogue they gang up with another proven big bully, Japan and also an only country that had invaded them. Together they accused China of trying to be provocative when the two countries are really the provocative ones. Why is America stationing their military in Korea, Japan, Guam and is now trying to reenter Manila and are stationing a military station in Northern Australia ? These are their military stations in Asia alone, why ? Clearly they have ulterior motives behind such moves, just like \the police force placing policemen all over in the name of keeping peace. Are they saying they are the self appointed police man of the world ? The above are only examples of what they truly are.
    They are unable to even balance their books, owing the world more than 16 trillions dollars and counting. On these debts alone they have to pay hundred of billions in interest annually, I might add to say, a day will come when they might default in paying the interest. The most important question is will they ever be able to pay the trillions of debts they are owing ? Also what about all the zillions of the US dollars notes that are floating around the world ? Especially so when they are paying all their soldiers stationed around the world, japan and Korea are sharing to pay the share of the US soldiers but who is paying for the soldiers stationed in Guam, Philippines and in Northern Australia ?
    What will happen if everybody around the world, holding the US dollars notes, are to redeem their holdings in gold. How and with what is US going to find gold, they don’t even having any gold in Fort Knot. Is that why President Nixon tries to change the need to have gold reserve backing their currency ? And with what ? The day will come soon when the US currency will not be worth the paper that they are printed on. To impede this from ever happening and that is why they are creating a world in turmoil to divert the people’s attention from it !
    To conclude America cannot afford a peaceful world they are constantly stirring up trouble around the world just so their roles to keep the world peaceful is always needed ! Therefore keep them, out of TPPA, once they are admitted into TPPA they will begin to run in their favour just like in UN, the invasion of Iraq without the sanction of UN is good example of what they truly are ! The world especially Asian will no doubt be a more peaceful world to live in without the Americans !

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