Business Conditions Index


  • Business Conditions Index fell to 95.4 points
  • Current Index (CI) registered gain
  • Expectation Index (EI) lost 26.2 points
  • Local and export sales outlook bleak
  • Capacity utilization rate dips further

Consumer Sentiments Index


  • CSI falls further to 71.7
  • More consumers experience financial deterioration
  • Financial and job outlook yawn
  • Better incomes expected amid a weaker employment outlook
  • Inflationary anxieties remain high
  • Consumer spending less robust going forward

Malaysian Economic Outlook


Risk, uncertainty and volatility are the key factors undermining confidence of economic agents, irrespective which group they belong to, ordinary domestic households, profit-maximizing producers, entrepreneurs, retailers, financial intermediaries or smart and sophisticated foreign investors in the rest of the world (ROW), with the exception of risk lovers. Loss of confidence and growing anger over increasing financial difficulties, especially by low income households and ordinary citizens alike are warning signals of an economic distress. While the warm glow effects, associated with favourable sovereign credit ratings, which have been upgraded and reaffirmed at "A-" with "stable" outlook by Fitch and S&P, respectively in July 2015 disappeared quickly, new headwinds are on the way and risks remain tilted on the downside, especially on the international front. These include Greek debt crisis, which is still unfolding and China's financial market turmoil. These two countries share one common feature, that is a strong presence of Government in the economy, as indicated by a large number of state-owned enterprises and state-controlled banks and financial institutions. They could potentially trigger the worst-case-scenario for the global economy.

Newspaper Articles

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Nilai Produktiviti Bekerja, Gaji Saling Main Peranan

26 August 2015 - Muhamad Aimanshah Adnan

Berita Harian

Pendapatan, Perbelanjaan, Kebajikan Isi Rumah

19 August 2015 - Mohammad Ikmal Kadir

Berita Harian

Jurang Ekonomi Antara Negeri Wajar Di Tangani

12 August 2015 - Kama Firdaus Subbahi

Berita Harian

Kesan Kemasukan Warga Asing ke Malaysia

5 August 2015 - Siti Syamila Amir Hamzah

Berita Harian

Peranan ETP Terhadap Pertumbuhan Ekonomi

29 July 2015 - Nur Azmila Awang

Berita Harian

Di ambang negara berpendapatan tinggi - mengimbangi semula tumpuan pembangunan & pertumbuhan

15 July 2015 - Samirul Ariff bin Othman

Berita Harian

Ekonomi Domestik Pemacu Pertumbuhan Ekonomi Malaysia

8 July 2015 - Musalmah Johan

Berita Harian

Pembasmian Kemiskinan Perlu Dilihat Semula

24 June 2015 - Elayne Yee Siew Lin

Berita Harian

Mengkaji semula peranan Pertubuhan Perdagangan Antarabangsa (WTO)

17 June 2015 - Samirul Ariff bin Othman

Berita Harian

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MIER Presentations

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30th National Economic Briefing: 4 August 2015

30th National Economic Briefing
Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid
Special Topic
Dr Hj Ahmad Fauzi Hj Puasa

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