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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir calls for changes to TPP-11

Embattled trade deal once again on shaky ground

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir criticized the current trade agreement as being unfair to countries with weaker economies. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad wants to revise the 11-member version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to give weaker economies more breathing room, in yet another setback for the ambitious trade deal.

"We have to review" the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, or TPP-11, the newly elected leader told Nikkei on Friday. The previous government led by Najib Razak had promoted and signed on to the deal, which was finalized last November.

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