Latest articles from Malaysia

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Zeti Akhtar Aziz: why Asia will be ready for the next crisis

September 1, 2017

The former governor of Malaysia’s central bank underlines the need to build resilience to manage future shocks to the global financial system, highlighting Asia’s comprehensive policy response after the 1997 financial crisis.

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CEO fine-tunes Maybank's business at home and abroad

May 2, 2017

Maybank’s president and CEO, Abdul Farid Alias, tells Stefania Palma how the lender is refining asset and liability management in its home market of Malaysia while growing in south-east Asian markets such as Indonesia.

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Pemandu chief takes Malaysia down moderate path

May 2, 2017

The CEO of Malaysia’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit, more commonly known as Pemandu, tells Stefania Palma how his decision to avoid a high-leverage economic model is benefiting the country.

Malaysia's shot in the arm for Islamic wealth management

April 3, 2017

While Islamic finance is popular within Malaysia, concerns have been voiced about the country's sluggish growth as an international centre. To combat this, regulators in the country are pinning their hopes on sharia-compliant fund and wealth management. Stefania Palma reports.

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Cautious optimism prevails at 2016 Asian Development Bank meeting

June 1, 2016

After a turbulent 2015, faith in Asia’s economies was strong at the Asian Development Bank annual meeting in Frankfurt, despite falling exchange rates and capital outflows. Stefania Palma reports.

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Top 100 Asean banks ranking 2016: Vietnam on the rise

April 1, 2016

Vietnam is on its way to becoming a heavyweight presence in south-east Asia, with the top ranking for asset growth, while Indonesia retains its crown as the most profitable country in the region.  

TPP to benefit a third of global economy

October 12, 2015

Signatories hope the landmark trade deal will bolster trade worldwide after a tepid recovery from the crisis.

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Malaysia's great balancing act

September 1, 2015

Watching the success of its Asian counterparts acted as the catalyst for Malaysia to rethink its economy, reducing its dependence on natural resources and putting greater faith in the private sector, all while reducing government spending and keeping debt to a manageable level. The country's minister without portfolio, Idris Jala, describes the plan's progress. 

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Malaysia's minister of financial affairs sees bright side of oil drop

June 1, 2015

Drops in oil prices have undeniably affected Malaysia’s economy. But minister of financial affairs Wahid Omar tells Stefania Palma how this was also a blessing to a country that is successfully diversifying its economy and government revenue sources through reforms such as the introduction of a goods and services tax.

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Shaken but not stirred: Malaysia sustains oil price drop

April 30, 2015

Global oil price volatility may be weighing heavily on Malaysia’s economy, but such events are not putting the country’s banking sector off its stride. Indeed, its lenders are increasingly looking to opportunities in the Asean region and Islamic banking to diversify their balance sheets. 

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