Speakers: Dr. Razeen Sally, NUS
YB Charles Santiago
Moderator : Sharaad Kuttan, BFM 89.9
IDEAS and the Southeast Asia Network for Development (SEANET) organised a public debate on the TPPA and Economic Liberalisation on Saturday, 28 March 2015. The TPPA, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, is a free trade agreement that Malaysia is currently negotiating with eleven countries including the United States of America, Mexico, Chile, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan.
The debate featured Dr Razeen Sally, IDEAS Chair in Political Economy and Governance, who argued for positive impacts of the trade agreement and YB Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament from Klang, who argued the opposite. Sharaad Kuttan of BFM moderated the debate.
The impact of trade agreement on the provision of health care including the price of medicine and state’s sovereignty and ability to protect its interest against companies is among topics that were hotly debated on the forum.