Business Conditions Index


  • The MIER Index of Business Conditions registers a level of 116.3 points
  • Index reaches highest level, over the last 13 quarters
  • New orders, particularly domestic orders remain strong
  • Investment in new plant and equipment goes up
  • Higher expected production and export sales in the next quarter

Consumer Sentiments Index


  • CSI soars to 21-year high of 132.9
  • Current household finances in better shape
  • More hirings and incomes expected
  • Inflationary jitters dissipate
  • Spending plans catching fire

Malaysian Economic Outlook

The Malaysian economy is expected to grow at a moderate pace for this year as well as for the next year after recording better-than expected growth last year. Real GDP is projected to grow at 5.5% year-on-year (y-o-y) this year and is expected to further moderate to a range of 4.8 - 5.3% next year, after recording 5.9% growth last year. Domestic demand continues to be the engine of growth, growing by 5.8% y-o-y, and further reinforced by upbeat export demand. The growth in domestic demand, in turn, is largely attributed to private consumption. While, public spending as well as investment growth for this year, private and public, is expected to moderate. This is partly due to the government commitment to address the issue of high public debt amid a reduction in revenues causing by the decision to zero-rate goods and services tax (GST). The new elected government has also decided to review selected big-ticket investments in its effort to reduce public debt.

Newspaper Articles

Articles are in pdf format and are available for download.

Adakah Malaysia Mengalami Penyahindustrian Pramatang?
9 Ogos 2018 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
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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33rd National Economic Briefing: 19 July 2018

33rd National Economic Briefing
Emeritus Professor Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid

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MIER, Kuala Lumpur
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MIER, Kuala Lumpur
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