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Malaysia : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook


$177.1 billion (2011 est.)
$157.3 billion (2010 est.)


$225.6 billion (2011 est.)
$199 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

3.2% (2011 est.)
1.7% (2010 est.)
note: approximately 30% of goods are price-controlled

Unemployment rate

3.1% (2011 est.)
3.4% (2010 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$15,800 (2011 est.)
$15,300 (2010 est.)
$14,400 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

7.2% (2010 est.)
-1.7% (2009 est.)
4.7% (2008 est.)

Internet users

15.355 million (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

34.456 million (2009)

Population growth rate

1.542% (2012 est.)


29,179,952 (July 2012 est.)

Historical background

During the late 18th and 19th centuries, Great Britain established colonies and protectorates in the area of current Malaysia; these were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945.

In 1948, the British-ruled territories on the Malay Peninsula except Singapore formed the Federation of Malaya, which became independent in 1957.

Malaysia was formed in 1963 when the former British colonies of Singapore as well as Sabah and Sarawak on the northern coast of Borneo joined the Federation.

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Economic overview

Malaysia, a middle-income country, has transformed itself since the 1970s from a producer of raw materials into an emerging multi-sector economy.

Under current Prime Minister NAJIB, Malaysia is attempting to achieve high-income status by 2020 and to move farther up the value-added production chain by attracting investments in Islamic finance, high technology industries, biotechnology, and services.

The NAJIB administration also is continuing efforts to boost domestic demand and reduce the economy's dependence on exports.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Forecast Malaysia April 2016 Updater

Country Forecast Malaysia April 2016 Updater

  • $ 635
  • Country report
  • April 2016
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

The Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition will govern with a small parliamentary majority until the next general election, which is due in 2018. Rising curbs on freedom of speech could lead to protests in ...

  • Countries : Malaysia

Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

D&B Country Insight Report: Malaysia

D&B Country Insight Report: Malaysia

  • $ 650
  • Country report
  • October 2016
  • by Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

Report Summary If you are involved in cross-border business, developing relationships or identifying opportunities overseas, you are exposed to the risk associated with a country’s overall political, ...

  • Countries : World, Malaysia


Malaysia - ISA Country Report

Malaysia - ISA Country Report

  • $ 99
  • Country report
  • November 2016
  • by ISA

This report contains detailed forecasts and analysis for Malaysia, including trade and investment analysis, economic forecasts, political risk assessments and demographic trend analysis. Each ISA Country ...

  • Countries : Malaysia

Oxford Economics

Country Economic Forecasts > Malaysia

Country Economic Forecasts > Malaysia

  • $ 163
  • Country report
  • November 2016
  • by Oxford Economics

The Malaysian ringgit has been the worst performing EM Asian currency since the US election and is likely to remain under pressure over the coming months. Against this backdrop Bank Negara is expected ...

  • Countries : Malaysia

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