Business Conditions Index


  • BCI slides further to 92.0 points
  • Sales performance deteriorates
  • Sluggishness in domestic orders
  • Fewer increases in export orders

Consumer Sentiments Index


  • CSI falls below 100-point threshold in almost five years to 82.4 points
  • Current household income deteriorates
  • Abating job prospects cloud financial expectations
  • Inflationary jitters soar
  • Prudent consumer spending on the cards

Malaysian Economic Outlook

Empirical studies show that budget deficit and fiscal indiscipline ultimately affect macroeconomic performance, particularly inflation. This phenomenon has been so clearly evidenced in Malaysia, whereby long-delayed fiscal deficit corrective measures, although are undeniably necessary, but is now being implemented in a chained manner, one after another akin to shock therapy, resulted in overshooting of consumer prices and rising cost of living. With expectations that other measures are also in the pipeline, coupled with almost across-the-board ringgit depreciation and rising wages, the inflation genie is clearly rearing its ugly head again and could turn bigger this time around, fuelled simultaneously by both cost-push and demand-pull factors, creating an almost a perfect scenario for persistently high inflation, not yet accustomed to members of the public or rakyat in Malaysia. Inflation is expected to be higher this year and also next year (2015), on account of mostly policy-driven arising from fiscal structural adjustment measures through subsidy rationalization and broadening of the tax base by implementing goods and services tax (GST), effective on 1 April 2015. Minimum wage policy and currency depreciation, aimed at boosting exports and avoiding shrinking current account surplus provide additional sparks for rising prices and cost of living in the country.

Newspaper Articles

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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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National Economic Outlook Conference 2013-2014

Malaysian Economic Outlook
Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid

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24 April Nineteenth Corporate Economic Briefing
Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur
April Regional Corporate Economic Briefing
Kuching, Sarawak (Tentative)
April Regional Corporate Economic Briefing
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (Tentative)
22 July Twenty-nineth National Economic Briefing
Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur
(Tentative as it falls on fasting month)
September Annual Gala Dinner
Official Opening
Public Seminar
Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (Tentative)
21 October Press Conference on Quarterly Survey Results and Malaysian Economic Outlook Third Quarter 2014
MIER, Level 2, Podium City Point, Kompleks Dayabumi
25 - 26 November National Economic Outlook Conference 2015-2016
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
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