Tian Chua: All parties should defend rakyat's rights

23 Jan 2016 / 16:49 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: All political parties, regardless of their affiliation, should vote against a motion to allow the government to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) at the special Parliament sitting next week.
PKR's Batu MP Tian Chua (pix) said Members of Parliaments must play their role as a representative to defend the rights of the rakyat.
He added the combines efforts of the opposition alone would not be enough to vote down the motion.
"Parliament will convene in another two days to table a motion to approve the TPPA.
"PAS, PKR, PSM, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara will not support it. But the opposition cannot do it alone," he said.
"We are calling all parties, whether from Barisan Nasional or the opposition, to rise and defend the rights of the people," he said in his speech at the Bantah TPPA rally here in Padang Merbok.
His speech was received with shouts and cheers from thousands of participants, many of them clad in green attire.
Tian Chua said the presence of thousands of participants in the protest was a clear indication to the government that the controversial agreement should not be inked.
"The rakyat gathers here today to show their stand that they are against any form of neo-colonialism (through the signing of TPPA)," he said.
"We must rise to defend our country's sovereignty and our democracy. We have the right to decide the future of our country," he added.

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