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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22, 2016:

A study by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) on the Trans- Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) has found that it can ensure that the country’s administration is more transparent and accountable.

IDEAS chief executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan hoped the new research entitled “Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement : A catalyst to renew the country’s administration” would become a reference for Members of Parliament who supported the TPPA during the special sitting on Jan 26 and 27.

He said Ideas’ research found that the TPPA could be a catalyst to strengthen anti-corruption systems in Malaysia, improve the management of government linked companies (GLC), encourage the government to increase accountability and be more consistent as well as ensure that the system was more transparent and accountable.

“TPPA is an opportunity that is very valuable to Malaysia in managing weaknesses in management such as corruption and systems that are not yet perfect.

“The need for politics to become better here is getting weaker. TPPA can be a catalyst to ensure the country returns to the necessary platform,” he said in a statement today.

Wan Saiful added that there were several important socio-political benefits created by the TPPA and all this needs to be considered in making a decision in whether Malaysia should sign it or not.

“Research papers help us discuss these benefits and we urge members of parliament to support suggestions for Malaysia to sign the TPPA.

“TPPA is a step in the right direction in ensuring that efforts to improve the country’s administrative system will continue,” he explained.

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