TPPA: Anwar Criticises Umno Leaders for Bowing to US Command


KUALA LUMPUR, 11 Oct: Umno-BN leaders’ attitude of bowing to the commands by the United States (US) by agreeing to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) which will compromise the country’s future.

PKR De Facto Leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, said it became more problematic when Datuk Seri Najib Razak met with President Barack Obama last year and agreed to support the TPPA.

“The TPPA shows how the US and rich countries are not consistent. In Europe, they are very open and reveal all the details about the negotiations. But in Malaysia, they say no, we cannot reveal anything… and of course Umno just blindly follows their instructions,,” he said.

He said this in his speech during the TPPA Protest Programme at the Sultan Sulaiman Shah Club Field.

About 500 people attended the programme, many of whom were Pakatan Rakyat leaders and non-governmental organisations (NGO).

“Pakatan Rakyat is not like Umno Members of Parliament. When the price in fuel rose, they continued to support (them). They continued to support when sugar prices rose. They (Umno) are even supporting the TPPA despite not reading the provision.

“We will not submit to the dictates of any big country, including the US,” he said.

Anwar said, objection has been voiced by countries such as South Korea, Japan and other developing countries against the injustice of the TPPA.

He said that Australia is now facing the impact of the agreement with the US despite having a large economic system and influence to determine the direction of the agreement.

“The TPP agreement will not benefit the country because it is framed in such as way so that the US would receive great returns.

“Malaysians who support the TPPA are severe. They oppose the TPPA but introduce a Malaysian form of the TPPA for Malaysians with the same severity.

“We reject ruthless capitalists, whether they are from the US or China, Malays or Indians,” said Anwar.

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