TPPA - Horses’ Mouths – 12 January 2015

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No need to beg

Are we so weak until we need to beg others to take us. If they don’t want to work with us, there is no need to beg. We are not so desperate.

Khairy Jamaluddin, Umno Youth chief, telling the party not to beg PAS to accept Umno




First, the production for export will partly replace production for domestic markets with negative consequences. Exports are less labour intensive and use more imported inputs than production for domestic markets. Second, businesses in participating countries will strive to become more competitive by cutting labour costs. This will have a negative effect on income distribution and weaken domestic demand.

Jomo K.S., economist professor, claiming the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will lead to greater inequality and net job losses over a 10-year period among member countries



Moody’s rating cut

It is a revision in the outlook that is reflecting the current global economic scenario.

Abdul Wahid Omar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s department, insisting that Moody's Investors Service's revision of Malaysia's sovereign rating outlook from positive to stable is not a downgrade




I do not want to play the blaming game, but I see that when I am silent, there is more unfair reporting. For the moment I will observe the media reports, including on social media, before issuing a response to the issues raised.

Adnan Yaakob, Pahang Menteri Besar, requesting media not to spread inaccurate statements pertaining to the bauxite issue



1MDB’s woes

An end to the issues faced by 1MDB is forthcoming, as I had promised six months ago. What we are glad about is that we are resolving it not by way of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) but through an 'agreement', without touching any of the people's money.

Najib Razak, insisting that public funds were not being used to resolve 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)'s financial woes



RM1,575 to enter Malaysia… illegally

I came here two years ago and I paid five million Rupiah to the skipper because I wanted to look for work here, they (the skipper) said the pay here was good [...] that's why I came here.

Suriyati Suparman, Indonesian from Surabaya, claiming Indonesian only need to pay five million Rupiah (RM1,575) to a skipper in order to look for work in Malaysia



Rejected motions’ home

It is a habit among parliamentary members, when they know their motions are not accepted, they will call for a media conference and say all sort of things at the Speaker. They only want publicity. Therefore, to avoid this, we have another chamber where they can say whatever they want.

Pandikar Amin Mulia, Dewan Rakyat Speaker, announcing the formation of a special chamber for members of Parliament to submit motions that have been rejected by the speaker

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