PAS and PSM to take to the streets over TPPA

Modified 13 Jan 2016, 2:33 pm

Come Jan 23, PAS and PSM will take to the streets to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

PSM secretary-general A Sivarajan said the march organised by his party will start at Maju Junction and end at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur.

The protest will be held 48 hours before Parliament convenes for a two-day special sitting to debate on whether or not to ink the TPPA.

"We urge the rakyat to join us in this final and most important rally to stop the TPPA.

"It is clear how the TPPA would trample upon our rights for affordable medicine, job security, food security, affordable education and etc," Sivarajan said in a statement today.

PAS, meanwhile, said it will mobilise tens of thousands to protest the TPPA at Dataran Merdeka.

"We will turn Dataran Merdeka green on Jan 23 with a clean and good spirit, to send a clear message to the government to reject the TPPA," PAS information chief Nasruddin Hassan was quoted as saying by HarakahDaily .

PAS, however, did not say where it will march from. Both PAS and PSM have declared that their protests will be peaceful.

The TPPA is a multinational free trade agreement in which the US is a main proponent.

Apart from Malaysia, other countries involved in its secretive negotiations include Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Mexico, and Canada, among others.

Critics fear that the TPPA will wipe out local businesses, as well as threaten Malaysia's sovereignty due to a clause allowing foreign corporations to sue the government for actions that result in loss of profits.

Parliament will debate on whether or not to sign the pact during the special Dewan Rakyat session on Jan 26 and 27.