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Wong Chen tells Najib to ‘man up’ on TPPA

By FMT Reporters (11 January 2016) PETALING JAYA: The only reason Prime Minister Najib Razak has brought the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) up for debate in Parliament is that he is not ready himself to sign the agreement, according to PKR lawmaker Wong Chen . Speaking at a press conference at his party’s headquarters here today, the Kelana Jaya MP said Najib was uncertain about what he wanted. “Is he a hundred per cent committed to the TPPA or not? If he is, then he doesn’t need to bring it into Parliament. He just wants to be able to pass the buck to Parliament if things go sour.” Wong said that Najib, as Prime Minister, should make a firm stand on any decision he thought was best for the country, including the question of whether Malaysia should sign the contentious trade pact.

“Commit yourself,” he said. “If you want to sign it, then sign it. If not, then don’t. Man up and stick to a decision.”

The TPPA is a multilateral trade agreement currently being negotiated between 11 countries, led by the United States. Apart from Malaysia, the other participants are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.