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Malaysia showing brighter signs of economic recovery

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

Malaysia’s economic recovery prospects have become brighter with an increase in foreign capital inflow driven by positive developments under the National Recovery Plan (PPN), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.

In a post on Facebook today, Ismail Sabri said this positive indicator has set the tone and direction for a stronger economic recovery for the fourth quarter of 2021.

“Malaysia is showing brighter signs of an economic recovery.  A total of RM7.7 billion was recorded in terms of foreign investor capital inflow in August and this is the highest value since June 2020. This value also offset outflow recorded two months earlier,” he said.

The Prime Minister said foreigners have become the main buyers in the ringgit bond market with net investment totaling RM6.6 billion (July 2021).  He said this is a testament to investors and fund managers’ confidence in the country’s growth prospects as well as the continuity of government policies.  In addition, he said attractive valuations relative to other markets within the region have also been a major draw for foreign fund inflow.

He said as of August 2021, foreign holdings of Malaysian government bonds had risen by RM23.9 billion to RM226.1 billion.  The Prime Minister said the government expects the momentum for recovery in the fourth quarter of 2021 to continue next year, in which factors contributing to the country’s growth will benefit Malaysia’s 2022 gross domestic product growth.

“Together, we will further strengthen PPN, which has improved the overall public health situation, and with the National COVID – 19 Immunisation Programme in place, gradual recovery of economic sectors has been seen,” he said.

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