I think he is the most trustworthy and important leader in the world. I hope Malaysia will withdraw from negotiations.
August 28, 2013
English translation of an excerpt from NHK News – August 27, 2013 –
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Says TPP Will Lead to Colonization Again.
Former Prime Minister Mahathir, who served Prime Minister of Malaysia until 2003 for 22 years, spoke at a forum on TPP held in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia on 26.
At the forum, Dr. Mahathir stated that the U.S. would gain far more benefit from TPP than Malaysia. He severely pointed out that “TPP is nothing but a U.S. plot to incorporate Asian Pacific area countries into their sphere of influence in order to cope with the threat of China which has been expanding economic growth.”
Additionally, Mr. Mahathir said, “If Malaysia sign the TPP, the nation will not be able to make a decision without foreign intervention, which will lead to colonization again” and expressed strong opposition to TPP.
Malaysia participated in TPP negotiations in October 2010. Recently, however, there have been more and more objections to TPP over the field of negotiation such as correction of preferential treatment of state-owned enterprises and extension of term of pharmaceutical patent. It appears that the remarks of Mr. Mahathir, who has a strong influence on political world even after retirement, will have no small impact on public opinion.