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Why Malaysia doesn’t want to join Trans-Pacific Partnership?

30 Jul 2015 Kuala Lumpur
Taking a look at a local press this morning, all the headlines are about TPP talks in Hawaii. Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has stated that Malaysia will not sign any agreement during the current round of talks, which runs until July 31st and reassured critics that it will stand firm on issues of sovereignty, government procurement, state- owned enterprises and the bimiputra agenda.
TPP has been a big mistery to us all. Although the talks have been going for few years now, United States still didn’t give out an official full text of the agreement. Some portions of it have leaked to the public. This unofficial information assured us, that TPP is not as ideal as United States make it sound. Continue reading Why Malaysia doesn’t want to join Trans-Pacific Partnership?

What you didn’t know about Malaysian society

Malaysia is probably the only country in the world with racial discrimination explicitly written into its constitution.There is a certain ethnic group in Malaysia called Bumiputra. Bumiputra is a term to describe the indigenous people of Southeast Asia, and used mostly in Malaysia. The term comes from the Sanskrit word bhumiputra, which literally stands for “son of the land” or “son of the soil” (bhumi= earth or land, putra=son).

I noticed that Bumiputra is a sensitive subject in Malaysia. Everybody knows about it but nobody will tell you straight away. Malaysians do not seem very proud of it. The idea of one chosen race, being rewarded for their provenance sounds wrong, but it is still commonly accepted. Why is that? Continue reading What you didn’t know about Malaysian society