Economic Updates: Malaysia

Malaysia’s universities working to make the grade

Malaysia | 24 Mar 2014
Malaysia’s universities working to make the grade

Universities in Malaysia have been given a key role in government plans to raise the country to developed-nation status within the decade, but more investments may be necessary if higher education institutions are to meet the targets that have been set by the state.

Malaysia forms ties to the Gulf to develop Islamic financial services

Malaysia | 11 Mar 2014
Malaysia forms ties to the Gulf to develop Islamic financial services

A cooperation agreement between the bourses of Malaysia and Saudi Arabia – the world's two largest Islamic financial services markets – stands to help the industry grow at a greater clip in both countries.

Malaysia looks to EEVs for car manufacturing boost

Malaysia | 26 Feb 2014
Malaysia looks to EEVs for car manufacturing boost

Efforts to position Malaysia as a regional centre for energy efficient vehicle (EEV) production took a key step forward in January, with news that the government intends to hand out its first green car manufacturing licence in the coming weeks.

Malaysia moves to maintain halal edge

Malaysia | 11 Feb 2014
Malaysia moves to maintain halal edge

The halal industry in Malaysia is fast becoming a magnet for international investment, as major players move to acquire a share of a growing global market.

Malaysia focusing on qualitative growth rather than quantitative easing

Malaysia | 28 Jan 2014
Malaysia focusing on qualitative growth rather than quantitative easing

With the US Federal Reserve set to reduce its bond buying activities as of January 2014, there has been growing speculation as to how great an impact the tapering will have on emerging markets, including Malaysia.

Malaysia braced for austerity challenge

Malaysia | 14 Jan 2014
 Malaysia braced for austerity challenge

While rising domestic demand in Malaysia helped reassure investors after last summer’s regional downturn, concerns remain that the country is displaying an over-reliance on high domestic consumption levels to prop up growth.

Malaysia moves to target broadband speeds

Malaysia | 5 Jan 2014
Malaysia moves to target broadband speeds

A drive to bring Malaysia’s internet services up to speed is gathering pace, with ICT infrastructure earmarked for an investment boost next year and longer-term solutions, which could include a fibre optic network roll-out, under discussion.