KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Negara has begun its debate on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
A motion for Malaysia to accept the TPPA was tabled by International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed in the Upper House on Thursday.
Senators from both sides of the divide are to debate the motion at a special parliamentary sitting.
The Upper House is expected to also vote on the motion Thursday.
Once it is passed in the Senate, the deal would be formally signed in New Zealand on Feb 4 by all 12 TPPA countries.
The countries are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Japan, Peru, United States, Singapore, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam – creating the biggest free trade area.
These countries form 40% of the world economy.