KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is confident that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will benefit and have a positive economic impact in the long term on the people and nation.
He said it was not easy for the government especially Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and his team to conduct the TPPA negotiation process which began in 2010.
He said this was followed by more than 300 briefing sessions on the TPPA to people of various levels until the agreement was passed by the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara.
“The negotiation process began in 2010 and during the negotiations, we could see their dedication and determination in defending not just national interests but also the bumiputera agenda,” he said in his latest posting on his blog NajibRazak.com.
He said TPPA members now accepted and recognised the Bumiputera Policy as part of the terms for the TPPA at the global level.
Najib also expressed his appreciation to Mustapa and the government officials involved in the TPPA negotiations and briefings for their efforts.
The Dewan Rakyat Special sitting last Wednesday passed a motion to allow Malaysia’s involvement in the TPPA through bloc voting which saw 127 Dewan Rakyat members supporting while 84 opposed.
On Thursday, the Dewan Negara then approved the motion to support Malaysia’s participation in the TPPA, based on a voice vote.- BERNAMA