Business Conditions Index


  • BCI records 95.9 points, down 17.0 points from 2Q14
  • Sales significantly lower
  • Drop in new domestic and exports orders
  • Less vibrant manufacturing activities
  • Stocks piling up

Consumer Sentiments Index


  • CSI falls below 100-point threshold to 98.0
  • Current and expected finances tone down
  • Employment outlook flat
  • Middle-income households increasingly worried over rising prices
  • Shopping plans on top gear

Malaysian Economic Outlook

The 2015 Budget, presented in Parliament by the Prime Minister on 10 October 2014 was overwhelmingly welcomed by the rakyat. It was unveiled as budget for the rakyat or society as a whole, catering not only for the needs and aspirations of present generations, but also for future generations. More importantly, Budget 2015 continues to be growth-friendly, especially with increased allocations for development expenditure for 2015, the final year of the Tenth Malaysia Plan (10MP, 2011-2015) and the base year for the upcoming Eleventh Malaysia Plan (11MP, 2016-2020). Public infrastructure spending features prominently in the 2015 Budget, together with new regulatory measures to further enhance labour market efficiency and flexibility and, more importantly continued strong commitment for fiscal consolidation process and structural reform programs to enhance nation's competitiveness and improve declining total factor productivity. Of greater significance, macroeconomic policies remain generally supportive of domestic economic activities, though with less accommodative monetary policy to contain near-term financial excesses, and much stronger fiscal consolidation process to ensure that the goal of sustainable growth and balanced development can be achieved in the medium and long-term.

Newspaper Articles

Articles are in pdf format and are available for download.

Plugging into the Global Grid & A Tale of Two Trade Agreements - RCEP & TPP
23 September 2013 - Samirul Ariff bin Othman
Hate it or love it, minimum wage is good
21 May 2012 - Quah Boon Huat
Made In China: Much Ado About Nothing?
7 May 2012 - Samirul Ariff bin Othman
What has our grandchildren got to do with corruption?
17 December 2011 - Quah Boon Huat

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MIER Presentations

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Survey Results and Malaysian Economic Outlook Third Quarter 2014 : 22 October 2014

Press Conference on Quarterly Survey Results and Malaysian Economic Outlook Third Quarter 2014
Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid

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The Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) undertakes independent and high quality problem-oriented research on economic, financial and business issues facing the country and provides advice on macroeconomic management, development and future economic perspectives.... Read more

27 Oct - 11 Nov Seminar Series on Risk Management - An ASEAN FDI Perspective
The Royale Chulan Damansara
21 Oct Press Conference on Quarterly Survey Results and Malaysian Economic Outlook Third Quarter 2014
MIER, JKR No 606 Jalan Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur
2 - 3 Dec National Economic Outlook Conference 2015-2016
The Royale Chulan Damansara
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The Survey of Business Conditions and the Survey of Consumer Sentiments are regular publications, which are released quarterly and are available on a subscription basis. The Malaysian Economic Outlook is published twice a year in June and December with two supplements in April and October. The December issue presents the new two-year forecasts, which are revised in the subsequent issues. The December issue also includes the annual revision of the long-range forecast of the Malaysian economy.... Read more


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