Malaysia launches booklet that explains TPP in simple terms

Malaysia launches booklet that explains TPP in simple terms

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysians concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) can find answers to their burning questions without having to read the long-winded original document.

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) has launched a booklet to address the doubts, misunderstandings and accusations against the 12-nation deal.

The 82-page booklet entitled TPPA: Jawapan Kepada Kebimbangan, Salah Faham dan Tuduhan is split into four chapters, with responses ranging from how Malaysia will benefit from the deal, to condensed results of locally-commissioned studies.

The slim, white booklet is written in Bahasa Malaysia, and presents all facts in colourful infographics, charts and photographs.

Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said that the book would be paired with another condensed version of the TPP agreement itself, which will be translated into Bahasa Malaysia.

"In most cases, the information already out there was unbalanced and gave the rakyat a wrong impression.

"For this book, we have made all effort to balance out the information and give simple explanations to the rakyat on the main points and concerns of the TPP," he said after launching the booklet yesterday.

One chapter is dedicated to answering accusations against the TPP, with the first five questions related to the possibility of TPP being a threat to Malaysia's sovereignty.

Another chapter presents a simplified version of the results of two studies into the TPP's effect on Malaysia and the economy - one by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies and the other by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mustapa expressed hope that through the booklet, most Malaysians would have a better understanding of the TPP before it is taken to Parliament for a special sitting on Jan 26.

"We are having briefing sessions and workshops with MPs and senators over the TPP tomorrow.

"Also, Malaysian experts from various industries who had worked in negotiating the TPP five years ago will be present to brief the MPs on the TPP contents," he added.

The TPP booklet will be made available at Miti offices nationwide.

A soft copy is also available online for free at fta.miti.gov.my/tppa.

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