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Malaysia Gets First-mover Advantage By Joining TPPA Earlier

BANGI, Jan 6 (Bernama) -- Malaysia may not get a first-mover advantage if it were to adopt a wait-and-see attitude and join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) later, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said.

He reiterated that Malaysia, among others, managed to protect preferences for Bumiputera, small businesses and the local halal industry during the trade deal negotiations.

If Malaysia were to adopt a wait-and-see attitude, it may lose all the advantages negotiated if it decides to join the TPPA later, he added.....