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Malaysia’s 2019 annual GDP growth at 4.3% — slowest pace in ten years


Malaysia’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth moderated to 4.3% in 2019 — the lowest level since the Global Financial Crisis in 2009.

The country’s fourth quarter of 2019 (4Q19) GDP growth slowed to 3.6%, which is the lowest in 41 quarters since 3Q09, according to Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) statistics released today.

Speaking at a media briefing here today, BNM Governor Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus explained that the annual growth in 2019 was adversely affected by supply disruptions, especially in the commodity sector.

According to IQI Global Chief Economist, Shan Saeed, the Malaysian GDP 2019 would be around 4.5 % to 5%, so the actual GDP is 4.3% which is close to our target GDP range. Geopolitical risk, slow growth of the global economy and softness in consumption will impact all economies. Most economies are focusing on aggregate demand to bolster GDP growth. We foresee Malaysian GDP to generate faster growth momentum once Chinese comes back into the market with full throttle.

Equities might remain soft or investors prefer to remain sideways to revisit their portfolio strategies going forward. Investors will re-enter the market once valuation meets their expectation.

Ringgit to follow Chinese yuan and oil movement in 2020. RM /USD to remain between 3.97 and 4.3 this year.

Source: The Edge Market,Interview with Shan Saeed

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