Business Conditions Index


  • BCI gains 13.6 points to 106.4 points
  • Sales trending higher
  • Pickup in output activities
  • Higher local and overseas orders
  • Investment goes up

Consumer Sentiments Index


  • CSI up 5.6 points q-o-q but remains below threshold level of optimism
  • Household current incomes fairly stable
  • Job and financial expectations up cautiously
  • Worries over higher prices grow
  • Spending plans nap

Malaysian Economic Outlook


In the opening of the year, there was an excitement of hopeful and cheerful sentiments for better global economic performance. However, as the year progress, the prospects somewhat dwindles. The first quarter results for some economic indicators, particularly on external trade, are not very promising. Total gross exports continued to grow slowly for the first five months of this year registering an average growth of 1.0%, as compared to the average growth of 1.9% in 2015 and 6.3% in 2014. The first quarter balance on the current account of the balance of payments recorded a lower surplus of RM5.0 billion as compared to a surplus of RM11.3 billion at the same quarter of last year.

Newspaper Articles

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Rumah Mampu Milik

26 September 2016 - Dr Zulkiply Omar
Berita Harian

Memperkasa Sektor Pertanian

19 September 2016 - Dr Zulkiply Omar
Berita Harian

Hukum Satu Harga

5 September 2016 - Dr Zulkiply Omar
Berita Harian

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MIER Presentations

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31st National Economic Briefing: 26 July 2016

31st National Economic Briefing
Emeritus Professor Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid

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26 September MIER 30th Anniversary Dinner
Dorsett Grand Hotel, Subang
18 October Press Conference on Quarterly Survey Results and Malaysian Economic Outlook Third Quarter 2016
MIER, JKR 606 Jalan Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur
29 - 30 November National Economic Outlook Conference 2017-2018
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