Business Conditions Index


  • BCI gains 1.4 points to register 114.1 points
  • Rise in manufacturing sales and production
  • Higher domestic orders
  • Unexciting demand from overseas market
  • Production and export orders to decline in the coming months

Consumer Sentiments Index


  • CSI picks up 4.1 points to q-o-q but remains below optimism threshold
  • Current and expected incomes steady but trending up
  • Employment outlook soft but inspiring
  • Price pressures expected to build up soon
  • Consumers retrenching plans to spend for now

Malaysian Economic Outlook

The Malaysian economy performed better than expected in the first quarter of 2017. Real GDP grew by 5.6%, year-on-year basis (y-o-y). Compared to last year, the growth for the first quarter was 4.1% and the growth for the whole year was 4.2%. The first quarter growth was primarily driven by domestic demand, which was growing by 7.7% y-o-y, underpinned by strong growth in both consumption and investment. Private consumption continued to grow at a faster pace (6.6%), while public spending rebounded strongly (7.5%) from a negative growth in the fourth quarter of last year. Meanwhile, investment was dominated by the private sector with a double digit growth (12.9%). Similar to public consumption, public investment also rebounded strongly growing at 3.2%, a turnaround from a decreasing tone for the last two years.

Newspaper Articles

Articles are in pdf format and are available for download.

Pembangunan Institusi Sebagai Faktor Pengeluaran
15 August 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Malaysia in the era of low global oil prices
12 August 2017- Samirul Ariff Othman
Focus Malaysia
Hubungan Di Antara Negara Berpendapatan Tinggi dan Pendapatan Isi Rumah
8 August 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Indeks Keadaan Perniagaan dan Prospek Ekonomi Malaysia
1 August 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Youth Unemployment and Joblessness
29 July 2017- Samirul Ariff Othman
Focus Malaysia
Prospek Pertumbuhan Ekonomi Malaysia untuk 2017
25 July 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Pertumbuhan Ekonomi Negara dan Keperluan Buruh Asing
11 July 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Quantitative Easing Revisited
1 July 2017- Samirul Ariff Othman
Focus Malaysia

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MIER Presentations

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32nd National Economic Briefing: 25 July 2017

32nd National Economic Briefing
Emeritus Professor Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid
Youth Unemployment & Job Creation
Lee Chee Sung

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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 October Press Conference on Quarterly Survey Results and Malaysian Economic Outlook Third Quarter 2017
MIER, JKR 606 Jalan Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur
21 - 22 November National Economic Outlook Conference 2018-2019
Intercontinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
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