Business Conditions Index


  • BCI slides to 98.6 points
  • Sales fall off
  • Unexciting local and external orders
  • Domestic prices drop slightly
  • Higher expected production and export sales in the next quarter

Consumer Sentiments Index


  • CSI gains 8.4 points q-o-q but remains below 100-point optimism threshold
  • Current household incomes steady
  • Job and financial expectations improve
  • Concerns over rising prices moderating
  • Shopping plans take a breather

Malaysian Economic Outlook

The Malaysian economy performed well above expectations last year. Real GDP grew by 5.9% year-on-year (y-o-y), driven primarily by domestic demand, reinforced by resilient external sector. Private spending remained strong despite weak quarter-to-quarter consumer confidence as the MIER Consumer Sentiments Index (CSI) continues to remain below the demarcation level of 100 points for every quarter since more than three years ago. Buoyant consumer spending is attributable to a stable job market, contained core inflation and a strengthening ringgit, as well as several targeted government transfer programs to boost disposable income.

Newspaper Articles

Articles are in pdf format and are available for download.

Inflasi Bukan Teras Mendominasi Kadar Inflasi 2017
20 Februari 2018 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Dasar Perlindungan dan Risiko Menurun Pertumbuhan Ekonomi
30 January 2018 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Bioekonomi Penjana Pertumbuhan Ekonomi
23 January 2018 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Peningkatan Nilai Ringgit
16 January 2018 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Kepentingan Reformasi Struktur untuk Keberterusan Pertumbuhan Ekonomi
19 December 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Senario Pertumbuhan Ekonomi 2017-2018
28 November 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Ulasan Bajet 2018
7 November 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Menangani Isu Peningkatan Kos Sara Hidup Melalui Bajet 2018
17 October 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Bajet Sebagai Alat Dasar
10 October 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Trend Kadar Pertukaran Asing Ringgit Semenjak 2015
3 October 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Pembangunan Ekonomi Seimbang
19 September 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Pembangunan Institusi Sebagai Faktor Pengeluaran
15 August 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian

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MIER Presentations

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23rd Corporate Economic Briefing: 17 April 2018

23rd Corporate Economic Briefing
Emeritus Professor 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

19 July Thirty-Third National Economic Briefing
Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur
28-29 August Understanding The Economy (for non-economist)
MIER, Kuala Lumpur
25-26 September Input-Output Analysis
MIER, Kuala Lumpur
16 October Press Conference on Quarterly Survey Results and Malaysian Economic Outlook Third Quarter 2018
MIER, JKR 505 Jalan Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur
30-31 October Memahami Ekonomi (untuk bukan ahli ekonomi)
MIER, Kuala Lumpur
27-28 November National Economic Outlook Conference 2019-2020
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