Press release: Launch of TPPDebate.org

December 16, 2015 (Kuala Lumpur) – A web platform that promotes public debate about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was launched today. Guest speakers at the launch were Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Chief Executive of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and Azlan Awang, Deputy Chairperson of the Bantah TPPA coalition.

TPPDebate.org provides a neutral ground for both sides of the debate to raise arguments backed by facts and figures on how Malaysia and Malaysians will be affected by the TPP. Members of the public can voice their opinions and concerns, and policymakers can tap into the sentiments on the website to better make their decisions on the matter. This website is the first of the sort to enable wide civil society participation on the TPP discussion in Malaysia, across different sectors affected, from both sides of the political divide.

The website enables the public to:

  • Express their stance on TPP, whether they are pro, neutral or against. Each user gets only one stance.
  • Submit articles on the facts and figures of TPP, or personal stories on how TPP affects them personally
  • Gather all information about TPP, through submitting links from any external website (e.g. online news and other websites) so that content does not have to be duplicated.
  • Extract key points from long articles and display them prominently so that other readers can get the gist quickly
  • Upvote, downvote and discuss key points and stances
  • Debate on same issues with interlinked articles, i.e. related articles will be grouped so that they appear together.

All the above can be done by registering a user account, either as an individual or an organisation. The website is non-profit and free to use. Screenshots are attached to this document for a clearer picture.

The TPP issue is expected to be debated in the Malaysian parliament in late January 2016. Members of the public are encouraged to use the website to learn about TPP and state their position on Malaysia’s joining the TPP before then.

For any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Jun-E Tan at jun-e@tppdebate.org.

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