Consumers Association of Penang

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TPPA Section On State Enterprises Appears To Be Very Damaging: Malaysia Should Not Join In the Conclusion of the TPPA

The Ministerial meeting of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) now taking place in Hawaii should not reach a conclusion of the negotiations because many important issues of public interest have not been resolved.  Moreover the public in Malaysia and other countries are still in the dark over what is being negotiated or agreed to.

Even if other countries are willing to reach a conclusion to the whole TPPA draft, Malaysia should not agree to such a conclusion.  Instead, the Malaysian delegation led by Dato Sri Mustapa Mohamad,  Minister of International Trade and Industry, should  give a complete briefing to the public and ask our views on the issues, before deciding whether to join the conclusions of the negotiations.

This need for seeking the views of the public is even more necessary given the information now available on “state owned enterprises” (SOEs) which is one of the most contentious sections of the TPPA.   An official summary of the issues and principles of this sub-chapter was made available on Wikileaks yesterday (30 July 2015).

Farmers in Malaysia threatened by intellectual property treaty

The Consumers’ Association of Penang strongly calls on the Government not to join the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants of 1991 (UPOV 1991).

There is a proposal in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to require membership of UPOV 1991 by the participating countries.

The Secret Corporate Takeover

By Joseph E. Stiglitz

NEW YORK – The United States and the world are engaged in a great debate about new trade agreements. Such pacts used to be called “free-trade agreements”; in fact, they were managed trade agreements, tailored to corporate interests, largely in the US and the European Union. Today, such deals are more often referred to as “partnerships,”as in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But they are not partnerships of equals: the US effectively dictates the terms. Fortunately, America’s “partners” are becoming increasingly resistant. 

It is not hard to see why. These agreements go well beyond trade, governing investment and intellectual property as well, imposing fundamental changes to countries’ legal, judicial, and regulatory frameworks, without input or accountability through democratic institutions.

Senior lawmakers from TPP countries call on leaders to protect national sovereignty from US certification

Senior parliamentarians from five countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have signed an open letter urging their political leaders to protect their nations’ sovereignty from the United States’ process of certification. 

The signatories from Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, and New Zealand include prominent former parliamentarians as well as current leaders of political parties, spokespersons for trade, and members of committees with responsibility for the TPP.

Their letter voices ‘grave concern’ that US governments have required parties to previous free trade agreements to change their laws, regulations and procedures to meet the US interpretation of those countries’ obligations before the US allows the agreement to come into force.

TPP: Malaysia Must Withdraw Now Since No US Fast Track Authority

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls upon the Malaysian government to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement negotiations as the US Senate had last night voted against considering fast track authority at this time.