A US-Malaysia FTA will demand strong obligations from Malaysia. It will
push us towards greater liberalisation. Complain as we may that such an
FTA will be an instrument of economic imperialism, it will not be
pragmatic to deny it.
Japan will hold free-trade talks early next year with Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Thursday.
During his visit to five ASEAN countries including Malaysia in January 2002, the Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. Mr. Junichiro Koizumi, proposed the “Initiative for Japan-ASEAN Comprehensive Economic Partnership”, to which the then Prime Minister of Malaysia, H.E. Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad gave his full support.