KUALA LUMPUR: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will benefit the country, especially in terms of market access and investments.
Minister in Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar said the primary impetus for the government to enter into a Free Trade Agreement or trade deal such as TPPA was the advantage it would give the people and its economy.
He said Malaysians should look at the deal in a positive manner, as the government will consider all factors before agreeing to the deal.
Abdul Wahid also said that when Malaysia chose to enter into the trade agreement, it was about uplifting and safeguarding the standards of investments including labour policies in the nation.
Earlier, Abdul Wahid had launched Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman Mahbob's new book entitled Reflection on Malaysia's Economic Policies.
The book, which is Sulaiman's second book touches on the policies that the government made over the years, in the form of articles written for the New Straits Times.
In general, Abdul Wahid added, the TPPA is for the betterment of the country, even though several quarters are against the TPPA which involves 12 nations including Malaysia.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak reaffirmed Malaysia's stand on the trade agreement earlier last month in Atlanta, Georgia, five years after it was first mooted.
The full text of the TPP documents was also made available to the public online on Nov 6.
The electronic document, consisting of 30 chapters is available on the International Trade and Industry Ministry's portal.