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KUALA LUMPUR: The opposition towards Malaysia’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) by some members of the public could possibly stem from a lack of understanding of the trade pact and its benefits to the country.

Gerakan Youth Legal Bureau Chief Chai Ko Thing said a poll among Malaysians conducted by the party on whether the TPPA would benefit Malaysians had by and large been favourable.

“Out of the 1499 respondents, more than two-thirds agreed, that is, 1107 were in favour of the TPPA and 392 were not,” Chai, who is the coordinator of the Gerakan-initiated Survey Better Malaysia poll, told reporters.

He opined that many did not fully understand the TPPA as information on the agreement was “a little too complicated”.

The Survey Better Malaysia poll was designed to get the public’s views on current issues or topics.

It was launched this January and will be an ongoing project, with its results to be analysed and passed on to Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong and secretary-general Liang Teck Meng.

Gerakan deputy youth chief Andy Yong also urged those planning to go for the upcoming anti-TPPA protest to reconsider, and to truly understand the TPPA first before opposing it.