Extract from “First-mover advantage if we join TPPA early, says Mustapa”

International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed reiterated that Malaysia, among others, managed to protect preferences for bumiputera, small businesses and the local halal industry during the trade deal negotiations.

If Malaysia were to adopt a wait-and-see attitude, it may lose all the advantages negotiated if it decides to join the TPPA later, he added.

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