Extract from “Santiago finds fault in Anifah’s TPPA defence”

He also took International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed to task for saying, at a recent Malay Chamber of Commerce event, that the TPPA would not affect Malaysia’s sovereignty. He pointed out that the Investor-State Dispute Settlement clause of the TPPA’s Investment Chapter allows foreign corporations to challenge a nation’s authority, including its legislation, at a tribunal outside its borders.

“It’s not only our policy making process that faces attack,” he said. “The judgements of our courts and the decisions of our parliament also come under attack. When Mustapa says that our sovereignty is not under attack, I think he misunderstands the Investment Chapter.”

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