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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27, 2016:

Following two days of heated debate, the motion on Malaysia’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) has finally been passed by the Dewan Rakyat. The motion was passed following block voting which saw 127 Members of Parliament voting in favour and 84 against the motion. “As such, the Minister’s motion has been passed,” announced Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia. Earlier, Opposition Members of Parliament in a last ditch effort to thwart the motion from being passed, brought on a separate motion to remove the word “and ratified” from the motion. The Opposition Members of Parliament had debated that the TPPA motion being put forward was only a related matter on the agreement by signatories while the ratification would take a long time and be exposed to changes that could only be made later. However, the separate motion was shot down via voice vote. After the votes were announced, Minister of International Trade and Industry (Miti) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed expressed “relief” at the passing of the US-led agreement. He said the next step was to get TPPA passed in the Dewan Negara, which will be debated and voted tomorrow. “It starts tomorrow at 10am with my speech. If the Dewan Negara agrees, then we will go to Auckland, New Zealand on Feb 4,” he told reporters at a press conference at the Parliament lobby. Earlier this month, it was confirmed that the TPPA trade deal signing will be taking place on the said date in New Zealand. When asked when relevant amendments would be done to the 26 state and federal laws and regulations related to the TPPA, he said it could not be rushed and would only be done in the first Dewan Rakyat session of 2017.

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