Mahathir's comment came after Malaysian International Trade and Industry Minister Rafidah Aziz's recent warning to Australia and New Zealand not to use their close economic links with Singapore as a backdoor into AFTA
mandates a ceiling of 5% duty on cars and car parts imported from members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
consists of all 10 members of ASEAN -- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Thailand blames Malaysia, a major palm oil producer, of applying AFTA
In return Thailand supported an amendment of AFTA
rules to allow some members to suspend tariff reductions.
, six leading ASEAN economies have committed to bringing tariffs on most manufactured products, including cars and car parts, to a maximum of 5% by 2002 with a longer implementation period for ASEAN's four newer members.
Thailand must demonstrate that by keeping to the original time frame, there would be a win-win situation for all AFTA
Dee Graham, manager of EPRI's AFTA
Food Office, ozone works as an oxidant to damage the cell walls of harmful microorganisms, thus killing them and leaving only oxygen - but no tastes, odors or flavors - as a byproduct.
accounts for 94% of the total Arab trade, according to figures released in late 2006.
The Thai official said a bilateral FTA initiative with other countries outside AFTA
would not upset other ASEAN members, although Malaysia has criticized Singapore for separately signing FTAs with other countries without consulting the group.
Zainuddin appeared optimistic about the impact of AFTA
on Perodua's exports, although at present exports only account for 1% of its total output abroad.
With the accession of Laos and Myanmar, the total number of items includes in the AFTA
list was 45,996, compared with 42,253 in 1997, according an ASEAN report.