TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE: DESPITE ‘CHINA PIVOT’, NAJIB HOPES TRUMP GOES AHEAD WITH TPP

KUALA LUMPUR— Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today he hoped that US President-elect Donald Trump approves the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and does not scrap it as pledged in the latter’s presidential campaigns.

According to The Star Online, Najib told a news conference in Tokyo, Japan that both countries shared the same view in getting the free trade agreement passed.

“On the TPP, we are on the same page as Japan. We have passed a resolution in Parliament to participate in the TPP.

“So the path is clear for Malaysia to go ahead with the TPP. I hope Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe’s meeting with Trump in New York (on Thursday) will be successful.

“Malaysia and all TPP countries are very much awaiting the meeting,” he was quoted as saying.

Najib is currently on work visit in Japan.

The article also reported Abe as saying that he agreed with Najib in getting the TPP carried through.

“I look forward to working with Malaysia on this issue,” Abe was quoted as saying.

Separately on the Singapore-Malaysia High Speed Rail project, Najib was reported as saying that the agreement will be signed with Singapore early next month.

Najib reportedly assured Japan that the international bidding process would be transparent and opened by the fourth quarter of next year.

In the same news report, Abe said he was keen in participating in the multi-billion Ringgit project.

The project is expected to cost between RM50 billion and RM60 billion.

MALAY MAIL

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