Business Conditions Index


  • BCI drops for the second consecutive quarter to 81.2 points
  • Expected Index (EI) lost 12.4 points
  • Current Index gained marginally by 0.4 points
  • Overall sales and production trending higher but likely to drop in the next quarter
  • External orders dipped further

Consumer Sentiments Index


  • CSI falls further to 69.8
  • Current finances unfavourable
  • Income prognosis subdued, job outlook flat
  • Expectations of rising prices intensify
  • Cautious and selective shopping plans in the pipeline

Malaysian Economic Outlook

The dawn of a new year has brought a glimmer of hope for better economic conditions ahead as OPEC together with some other non-OPEC bigger producers finally agreed on production cut. For the past two years the world economic community was made to believe that oil glut is the source of economic slowdown. Production control appeared to be a sound economic advice to many, against a conventional market economic doctrine of free entry and free exit. In a free market economy, price movement should lead to an allocative efficiency and eventually benefit everyone..

Newspaper Articles

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Kesan Kenaikan Kadar Fed terhadap Ekonomi Malaysia
21 March 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Populisme dan Perdagangan Antarabangsa
14 March 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Plan For Inclusive Economic Development
11 March - Zafri Zulkeffeli
Focus Malaysia
Asas Pertumbuhan Ekonomi Malaysia Masa Hadapan
28 February 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
24 February 2017- Samirul Ariff Othman
Focus Malaysia
Cabaran untuk Memperbaiki Kecekapan Sektor Awam
21 February 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Inovasi dan Kemusnahan Kreatif
14 February 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Peformance-Based Route To TN50
13 February 2017 - Dr Zulkiply Omar
Focus Malaysia
Landasan untuk TN50
7 February 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Liberalisasi Perdagangan di Persimpangan?
31 January 2017 - Dr Zulkipy Omar
Berita Harian
Boosting Economy Via Domestic Consumption
28 Janurary - Zafri Zulkeffeli
Focus Malaysia

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MIER Presentations

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Survey Results and Malaysian Economic Outlook Fourth Quarter 2016 : 19 January 2017

Press Conference on Quarterly Survey Results and Malaysian Economic Outlook Fourth Quarter 2016
Emeritus Prof Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid

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18 April Twenty-Second Corporate Economic Briefing
Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur
25 July Thirty-Second National Economic Briefing
Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur
12 October Press Conference on Quarterly Survey Results and Malaysian Economic Outlook Third Quarter 2017
MIER, JKR 505 Jalan Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur
21 - 22 November National Economic Outlook Conference 2018-2019
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