Malaysia Interest Rate  2004-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The Central Bank of Malaysia kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 3.25 percent on September 5th, 2018, as widely expected. Policymakers said the economy maintains its underlying fundamental strength, with steady economic growth, low unemployment and a current account surplus but mentioned some immediate risks: trade tensions, prolonged weakness in the mining and agriculture sectors and some domestic policy uncertainty. Interest Rate in Malaysia averaged 2.99 percent from 2004 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 3.50 percent in April of 2006 and a record low of 2 percent in February of 2009.

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Malaysia Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged


The Central Bank of Malaysia kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 3.25 percent on September 5th, 2018, as widely expected. Policymakers said the economy maintains its underlying fundamental strength, with steady economic growth, low unemployment and a current account surplus but mentioned some immediate risks: trade tensions, prolonged weakness in the mining and agriculture sectors and some domestic policy uncertainty.

Statement by the Bank Negara Malaysia:

The global economic expansion is continuing, albeit with increasing divergence across economies and signs of a slower momentum. In the advanced economies, growth will remain underpinned by strong labour market conditions and policy support. In Asia, growth will be supported by sustained domestic activity and external demand. Although global growth is currently sustained, risks to growth have increased. Trade tensions continue to be a key source of downside risk. Greater volatility in the international financial markets and monetary policy normalisation in the advanced economies could lead to further capital outflows and financial market adjustments in emerging economies.

For Malaysia, supply disruptions in the mining and agriculture sectors led to more moderate growth in the second quarter of 2018. On the demand side, growth remained supported by private sector activity with further impetus from net exports. Looking ahead, private consumption, which was boosted by the tax holiday, will continue to be driven by steady wage and employment growth. Investment activity is projected to be underpinned by continued capacity expansion in key sectors, particularly in the export-oriented industries, driven by favourable demand and efforts to enhance automation. Public sector spending however is expected to weigh on growth as the Government embarks on reprioritisation of expenditure. The external sector will continue to benefit from the sustained global growth momentum. In the immediate term, the economy faces downside risks stemming from heightened trade tensions, prolonged weakness in the mining and agriculture sectors and some domestic policy uncertainty. On balance, the Malaysian economy is expected to remain on a steady growth path.

Headline inflation was at 0.9% in July 2018. Going forward and continuing into 2019, headline inflation is expected to edge upwards taking into consideration the impact of policy measures on domestic cost factors. The impact of the changes in the consumption tax policy on headline inflation will be transitory and lapse towards the end of 2019. Underlying inflation is nevertheless expected to remain relatively stable.

In line with regional economies, the domestic financial markets continue to experience non-resident portfolio outflows due to ongoing global developments. Despite these adjustments, domestic financial markets remain resilient with domestic monetary and financial conditions supportive of economic growth. The financial sector remains sound, with financial institutions continuing to operate with strong capital and liquidity buffers. In addition, the domestic economy maintains its underlying fundamental strength, with steady economic growth, low unemployment and current account surplus of the balance of payments. Bank Negara Malaysia’s monetary operations will continue to ensure sufficient liquidity to support the orderly functioning of money and foreign exchange markets and intermediation activity.

At the current level of the OPR, the degree of monetary accommodativeness is consistent with the intended policy stance. The MPC will continue to monitor and assess the balance of risks surrounding the outlook for domestic growth and inflation.


Bank Negara Malaysia | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
9/5/2018 7:17:21 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-05-10 07:00 AM Interest Rate Decision 3.25% 3.25% 3.25% 3.25%
2018-07-11 07:00 AM Interest Rate Decision 3.25% 3.25% 3.25% 3.25%
2018-09-05 07:00 AM Interest Rate Decision 3.25% 3.25% 3.25% 3.25%
2018-11-08 07:00 AM Interest Rate Decision 3.25% 3.25%


Malaysia Money Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Interest Rate 3.25 3.25 3.50 2.00 percent [+]
Interbank Rate 3.65 3.65 14.50 2.03 percent [+]
Money Supply M0 93837.00 97032.05 97729.04 1000.20 MYR Million [+]
Money Supply M1 411111.73 416479.32 422744.75 2032.50 MYR Million [+]
Money Supply M2 1777481.50 1767890.87 1777481.50 4122.30 MYR Million [+]
Money Supply M3 1786926.30 1778131.43 1786926.30 8313.40 MYR Million [+]
Foreign Exchange Reserves 104400.00 104500.00 155165.30 20234.20 USD Million [+]
Banks Balance Sheet 2580498.26 2573075.27 2580498.26 1022141.27 MYR Million [+]
Loans to Private Sector 1813503.25 1804016.38 1813503.25 289998.00 MYR Million [+]
Deposit Interest Rate 3.00 3.10 9.75 2.08 percent [+]
Cash Reserve Ratio 3.50 3.50 13.50 1.00 percent [+]
Central Bank Balance Sheet 450096.54 449368.82 506381.40 2220.90 MYR Million [+]


Malaysia Interest Rate

In Malaysia, the interest rate decisions are taken by The Central Bank of Malaysia (Bank Negara Malaysia). The official interest rate is the Overnight Policy Rate. This page provides - Malaysia Interest Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Malaysia Interest Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3.25 3.25 3.50 2.00 2004 - 2018 percent Daily




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