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Malaysia GDP growth slows to 4% in Q2

MALAYSIA’S economic growth eased in the second quarter, the central bank said yesterday, attributing the slowdown to a decline in exports amid subdued global demand.

The economy grew 4.0 per cent year-on-year in the April to June period, compared with 4.2 per cent in the first quarter and 4.9 per cent in the second quarter of 2015.

It is Malaysia’s slowest rate of expansion since a 1.1 per cent contraction in the third quarter of 2009 during the global financial crisis.

“Despite the stronger expansion in domestic demand, growth was weighed down by the continued decline in net exports,” Bank Negara said.

Energy-exporting Malaysia has the third-largest economy in Southeast Asia, but has been grappling with falling oil prices and weak overseas demand – denting revenues and putting severe pressure on the ringgit.

The country has also been rocked by a massive financial scandal amid allegations that billions of dollars were stolen from a state investment fund founded and overseen by the Prime Minister.

In July, Malaysia unexpectedly cut interest rates for the first time in seven years.

The decision to slash borrowing costs by 25 basis points to 3.00 per cent follows similar moves by Singapore and Indonesia and comes as major central banks around the world look to ease monetary policy to kickstart growth.

Governor Muhammad Ibrahim told reporters that the ringgit would continue to face volatility given global uncertainties, but Malaysia’s “sound economic fundamentals” would provide medium-term support.

hinery and transport equipment, valued at $109.6 million, accounted for most of Brunei’s imports. This was followed by manufactured goods, $66.4 million and food, $53.8 million.

More than 20 per cent of the country’s imports came from Malaysia. Other main sources of imports include Singapore, China and the US.

The trade balance for the month of June was recorded at $166.5 million.

Brunei’s IMTS adopts the General System for recording trade statistics which cover imports, domestic exports and re-exports. The full report is available at www.depd.gov.bn.


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