Azmin: World Bank’s downward revision for Malaysia’s GDP expected

A general view of Kuala Lumpur taken from Bukit Antarabangsa March 9, 2021. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
A general view of Kuala Lumpur taken from Bukit Antarabangsa March 9, 2021. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

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SHAH ALAM, June 28 — The World Bank’s downward revision of Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) to 4.5 per cent for 2021 was expected, said Senior Minister cum International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

The World Bank recently lowered its GDP growth projection for Malaysia for a second time to 4.5 per cent for 2021 — from 6.0 per cent estimated in March and 6.7 per cent in December 2020 — after taking into account the rise in Covid-19 infections and a slower-than-expected vaccine rollout.

Mohamed Azmin said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would announce later today the introduction of new initiatives and incentives that would help mitigate the economic slowdown.

“We raised the GDP issue this morning during the Economic Action Council (meeting), we took note of the new revision by the World Bank to revisit and review our growth for 2021.

“(It had been previously) forecast at 6.0 per cent but now it has been revised down to 4.5 per cent and certainly it has to do with the decision of the government to impose the movement control order 3.0 (MCO 3.0).

“We have no other options, we have to take a bold decision to strike a balance between lives and livelihoods and that is the decision that we have taken, but it has an economic impact,” he told reporters after visiting a vaccination centre at the Setia City Convention Centre here.

Mohamed Azmin said the government’s various stimulus packages amounting to RM380 billion had softened the impact of lockdown, resulting in some positive indicators in the first quarter of 2021.

He also indicated that the government has been refining several economic packages to help businesses, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and micro SMEs. — Bernama

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