The United States describes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) as “an agreement that puts American workers first and will help middle-class families get ahead”.
President Obama explained that his approach to trade is by “leveling the playing field for American workers and businesses, so we can export more products stamped Made in America all over the world that support higher-paying American jobs here at home”.
Statement yesterday by President Obama on the TPPA, excerpt:
“When more than 95 percent of our potential customers live outside our borders, we can’t let countries like China write the rules of the global economy. We should write those rules, opening new markets to American products while setting high standards for protecting workers and preserving our environment.
“That’s what the agreement reached today in Atlanta will do. Trade ministers from the 12 nations that make up the Trans-Pacific Partnership finished negotiations on an agreement that reflects America’s values and gives our workers the fair shot at success they deserve.”
(Source: The White House press office)
In a separate fact sheet prepared by the White House, Washington stated:
“With the TPP, we can rewrite the rules of trade to benefit America’s middle class. Because if we don’t, competitors who don’t share our values, like China, will step in to fill that void.”
(Source: Q & A – ‘What You Need to Know about President Obama’s Trade Agreement’)
And it looks like Malaysia is on the verge of inking the TPPA.
If/when our country signs the agreement, this will cause us to be closer to the USA and more distanced from China.
PM returns to thick haze in KL
The Prime Minister returned home yesterday morning from New York after making a stopover at Milan.
Above is a photo of Najib Razak disembarking from the plane. His wife meanwhile counts one to 20 in order to keep a distance of seven steps behind her husband.
The first couple are apparently more careful now about Rosmah’s public image. Previously they would alight from the aircraft together – see below.
Ministers have a day out in the haze
Najib was greeted at KLIA by many VIPs and delegations of Umno members from all over the peninsula. Below are some of the Who’s Who:
- Khairy Zumba
- Reezal Merican Naina Merican
- M. Kayveas
- Mah Siew Keong
- Salleh Said Keruak
Presence of Umno Youth is felt somewhere at least
Khairy was in attendance with his retinue of Pemuda Umno exco – pix below.
Standing beside Zahid Hamidi is Armand Azha (former Perkasa youth chief) who forgot to put on his trademark very, very tall songkok. Beside Armand is his fellow Umno Youth exco Ibdilillah Ishak, nicknamed Cocodilly, who is chairman of the party’s New Media Bureau.
Red Shirt leader cum Umno Youth Federal Territory chief Razlan Rafii sempat to clasp palms with the PM – pix below.
Chinese notably missing from reception committee
In the next photo (below), some VVIPs can be spotted:
- Hisham Hussein
- Liow Tiong Lai
Other Ministers who turned up to greet the PM’s arrival were Wee Ka Siong, Dr S. Subramaniam and Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
Some of crowd held up their palms in prayer. They appear to be predominantly if not all Malay with the sole exception of the MCA president.
Showing up with colourful placards
The rombongan sepanduk below invokes memories of first-generation placard carriers who had waved the earlier slogans “I ♥ PM” and “I M 4 U“.
Some of professionally printed placards seen yesterday at KLIA said:
- Selamat Pulang Wira Negara dan Keamanan Sejagat
- Najib Razak Pejuang Keadilan Terhadap Palestin dan Umat Islam
- Allah Selamatkan Najib, Allah Selamatkan Palestin
- PM Najib Help Palestine, Save Syrian Refugees, We Are With You
I wonder if they scrambled all these ‘Palestine’ solidarity messages after the photo of Najib’s accidental bumping into Binyamin Netanyahu irked Malays in social media.
Gunting Dalam Lipatan
The 24/7 snipping by The Scissors is never diligent enough. The Scissorati will keep shredding and shredding the fabric until the BN is completely torn.
After rounds and rounds blacking out news unfavourable to the DAP, the MCA’s treacherous mouthpiece yesterday played down the number who had turned up at the airport. The J-Star headline said “Scores gather at KLIA to welcome Najib“.
A “dozen” refers to twelve units while a “score” refers to twenty.
“Dozens” in plural might range, for example, anywhere between 120 and 144, i.e. (12 x 10) or (12 x 12)
When you say “scores”, you might mean anything in number from, say, 200 to 400, i.e. (20 x 10) or (20 x 12) or (20 x 20).
On the other hand, national news agency Bernama reported that “thousands” showed up.
Organizers of the KLIA welcome for PM would be gravely disappointed that the EvangeliSTAR chose to downplay the total number who had driven all the way to Sepang just to be at the airport.
When the J-Star reports the attendance as only by the “scores”, it means not many people.
BELOW: The J-Star is Bintang Lima
What is the MCA’s real loyalty?
On a separate front, Najib has expressed his intention to sue former MCA president Ling Liong Sik for defamation.
There are still no signs, however, of the libel suit announced against the Wall Street Journal proceeding as yet. And there is also Najib’s lawsuit against Malaysiakini initiated some time back but no follow-up news on any development since.
Whether Najib goes ahead or not with the threatened legal action against Tun Dr Ling, the fact remains that the MCA past president is siding Dr M .
Furthermore, none of the current MCA leaders have moved to censure Ling.
Who wants Najib to stay and who wants him to go?
Tun Mahathir is against the TPPA.
Given the MCA’s links to China and the Beijing leadership, what is the MCA’s stand on the Obama-crafted agreement that is detrimental to the mainland Chinese?
What about the DAP that has been extremely secretive about the sources of their funding, said to include big foreign donors? Ideology-wise and in their modus operandi, DAP is today closer to the Bible Belt American fundamentalists.
The lack of any Chinese VIPs at KLIA to greet the PM (aside from the two or three totems who are BN cabinet ministers) underscores the deep antagonism of the community for Najib.
Among the younger Chinese, the hostility is patent. MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon and Gerakan Youth deputy chief Andy Yong have been very combative.
The prospect of rapprochement between the bulk of the Chinese and the BN does not appear bright at all.
Putrajaya’s handshake on the TPPA will only make the Malaysian Chinese’s relationship with the government worse.