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KUALA LUMPUR – The complete text of the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be uploaded on the International Trade and Industry Ministry’s website within 24 hours.

Its minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said members of the public would be able to access the documents from the portal.

“The text is voluminous, contains 30 chapters. Several members of Parliament have requested for the contents (of the TPP) to be made public.

“We have nothing to hide, we will inform all” he said in the winding up debate on the Supply Bill 2016 in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Mustapa said the cost benefit analysis on the trade agreement was currently being carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Institute Of Strategic and International Studies and is expected to be completed within two to three weeks.

“As promised by the government, the text will be deliberated and debated in detail and decided in Parliament.

“We have yet to officially discuss with the Speaker, maybe in January or February next year, subject to approval of the Speaker,” said Mustafa.

Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam were involved in the TPP negotiations for more than five years. – BERNAMA

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