M'sians urged to camp out in front of Parliament againt TPPA

Modified 24 Jan 2016, 10:33 am

Amanah Youth has urged Malaysians to occupy the area in front of the Parliament building this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, to push lawmakers to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Amanah Youth deputy chief Shazni Munir Mohd Ithnin said that the two days, when Parliament will decide whether to sign the deal or not, will be crucial for the country's future.

"We invite all Malaysians to occupy the area in front of the Parliament building while debates happen on Jan 26 and 27.

"This is a crucial point for us to protest the agreement and to ensure that the MPs reject it," he said in a statement today.

He added that this message must be sent to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, so the government does not "gamble with Malaysia's future".

"The people must know that this is a new form of colonialism, involving multinational companies based in developed countries.

"Don't try to say that Malaysians are afraid of competition. Malaysians have lost their competitive edge under BN's rule.

"You (BN) failed to rule. Now we only ask for one thing - for MPs, especially those from BN, to reject the TPPA," he stressed.

About 4,000 people had marched in protest of the TPPA in downtown Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

They argue that the agreement will lead to higher costs of generic medicine, and will undermine the government's ability to set people-friendly policies.

There is also concern that the TPPA will erode bumiputera-friendly policies.

A United Nations study found that increases in investment and growth with the TPPA are negligible, but those supporting the TPPA argue otherwise.

However, the government has assured that medicines will not be pricier, and that Malaysia will gain from more investments with the TPPA.

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