No intention of signing TPPA “in near future,” says Richard Riot

Source: The Star

KUCHING: The Government will not sign the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) “in the near future,” Human Resources Minister Datuk Richard Riot said.

“It has been discussed in the Cabinet no fewer than five times.

“As of the last meeting on Wednesday, the Government had agreed it was not going to rush the implementation of TPPA,” Riot told reporters here.

“There is no fear. We have to be very sensitive on what we sign. Now, specifically on TPPA, the Government is slowing down (on its decision making process) and will take into consideration more views, not only from the Government agencies but also from the private sector.”

Riot was speaking at a press conference after closing a trade union training on leadership seminar here.

He was asked about Malaysian Trades Union Congress’s (MTUC) recent appeal to the Government not to sign the TPPA.

“But MTUC’s view is not the only segment considered. The Human Resources Ministry, whenever there is anything to do with labour, is asked to give its opinion.

“The Ministry has already given its input. We are not going to sign it and ratify it in the near future,” he said.

MTUC has said the TPPA would be detrimental to the well-being of 12.5 million Malaysian workers.

Its president, Khalid Atan, said feedback it received from labour organisations in other countries, including the United States, showed workers would be at the losing end.

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