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Malaysian Health Ministry Rejects TPP Proposal

An official voice from the S.E. Asian wilderness has finally spoken publicaly about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), and it is markedly disagreeable.

The TPP, or what the U.S. media has labelled “Obama trade,” is an outright giveaway to U.S. corporations, especially big pharmaceutical companies who hope that this so-called “free trade deal” kills competition by extending patents and essentially crippling the global generic drug industry.

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The alternative media has been screaming at the top of the hill for a couple years now warning that the TPP was a bad storm coming, and up until now it almost seemed as though most Pacific Rim countries were just lining up and taking the TPP’s toxic medicine with little to no public opinion on the matter.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya changed all that today with his official public statement where he said, “The Health Ministry has announced that we do not agree on the extension of the duration of patency of the medicines as it will burden the people.”

The statement was short, and not extremely convincing, but it was official no less.

In the United States, U.S. presidential candidate, and major threat to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has declared war on the TPP’s giveaway to Big Pharma after Wikileaks released copies of the agreement which were previously held in top secret away from public scrutiny.

In recent statements, Senator Sanders said that, “This agreement follows failed trade deals with Mexico, China and other low-wage countries that have cost millions of jobs and shuttered tens of thousands of factories across the United States.” He continued, “In the Senate, I will do all that I can to defeat this agreement. We need trade policies that benefit American workers and consumers, not just CEOs of large multi-national corporations.”

Senator Sanders has been making a lot of noise about the TPP for years, so much so, that he even has Hillary Clinton flip-flopping on her position making her look anything but the trustworthy U.S. Presidential candidate.

Malaysian consumers can only hope that its Health Ministry is as steadfast as Senator Sanders in its conviction that the TPP is bad for average people, and is nothing more than a corporatist takeover of global business and trade.

H/T: The Star