Business Conditions Index


  • BCI surged upward to 113.0 points
  • Manufacturing sales increase
  • Strong domestic demand and rise in export orders
  • Production output on a positive mode
  • Higher investment in new plant and equipment

Consumer Sentiments Index


  • CSI scrapes past 100-point benchmark to 100.1
  • Current household income stable but improving
  • Employment expectations firm
  • Jitters over higher prices grow
  • Spending plans yawn, especially housing

Malaysian Economic Outlook

Malaysia is on track to achieve the goals of high income and developed nation status by the year 2020. While macroeconomic targets, especially GNI per capita at USD15,000 and 3.3 million new jobs are expected to be within reach, the graduation process to be a fully developed and inclusive nation would take a while longer than envisaged, if corrective actions are not vigorously pursued. The latter involves a lot more key metrics, encompassing changes in economic landscape, sovereign rating and creditworthiness, development of economic and social institutions and also "soft" infrastructures. These metrics cover both quantitative and qualitative measurements, encompassing social policy and environmental concerns. Achieving high income target at national level is not a stumbling block, especially for resource-rich developing economies, whereby the competent and prudent ones have already surpassed their GNI per capita thresholds. However, these "blessed countries" are still struggling with market imperfections and inequalities, under-developed and incomplete financial markets and of greater important, weak institutions and poor governance. In general, market microstructures, social and ecosystem services need to be strengthened, key institutions for economic and social development improved, and good governance, which is a hallmark of most developed economies, need to be fully incorporated and given a top priority. Most importantly, access to economic opportunities and social protection, especially for the poor and disadvantaged groups needs to be widened, so that they can really protect themselves. Core labour standards also need to be improved, covering those in the informal sector, including migrant workers. At the macroeconomic policy level, well-established rules and procedures need to be observed, while "discretions" constrained, especially those that invite greater public scrutiny, such as wasteful government spending, directed development projects, corporate sector tax avoidance and discounts, among others. Development projects need intensive project appraisals, identifying both costs and benefits to the society as well as who are the gainers and losers, and enhanced with rigorous risk analysis. Cost-benefit analyses (CBA) are mandated legislative requirements in most developed economies, while ironically Malaysia has almost abandoned it long time ago. Without fail, rakyat are asking about development project beneficiaries, substantial cost escalation and environmental degradation.

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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29th National Economic Briefing: 22 July 2014

Press Conference on the 29th National Economic Briefing
Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid

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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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