The Consumers Association of Penang views that the consultation session conducted by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to get inputs on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a sham because the Ministry has failed to consider our numerous calls to withdraw from the TPPA.
Civil society and trade organisations within Malaysia and around the world have voiced out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) that Malaysia is negotiating with 11 other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
In particular, a number of concerns have been expressed that have not been adequately addressed by the officials and leaders of the Malaysian government, aside from repeated, but yet unsubstantiated, assurances that the government would not agree to provisions that are against the country’s interests.
The tabling of the “Fast Track Bill” in the United States sends an ominous signal that the United States will insist in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) that Malaysia forgoes labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. Malaysia is currently negotiating the TPPA with 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, US and Vietnam – and negotiations have been intensifying.
The top secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden have revealed that the ‘five eyes’ (US, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) have engaged in large-scale spying by tapping electronically-transmitted data such as conversations on mobile phones, emails, and browsing habits. This has raised concerns worldwide that key leaders may be subject to foreign pressures.
More than ten chapters in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) can have an adverse effect on various aspects of health including tobacco control, medicine prices and banning of chemicals that are dangerous to health. One of it is alcohol control.
The TPPA which is at the end point of the negotiations may restrict Malaysia’s ability to maintain its current alcohol control policies or introduce additional ones in future. Hence, it is important for Malaysia to insist on a total carve out for alcohol control measures from the whole TPPA as it has proposed for tobacco control measures.