June 11, 2018 / 1:47 AM / 4 months ago

REFILE-Malaysian PM Mahathir says growing countries need different trade protections

(Refiles to add media slug JAPAN-MALAYSIA/MAHATHIR)

TOKYO, June 11 (Reuters) - Growing nations like Malaysia need different trade protections and, while Kuala Lumpur is not against trade pacts like the Trans Pacific Partnership, it must be renegotiated, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday.

Mahathir, 92, became premier for the second time last month after Malaysians, angered over accusations of massive corruption, delivered a shock election result by voting out a coalition that had led the country for the six decades since independence.

He also told an international seminar he would serve as long as the people of Malaysia wanted him. Mahathir will speak with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his three-day visit to Japan. (Reporting by Elaine Lies Editing by Paul Tait)

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