The Central Bank of Malaysia left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 3.25 percent on March 5th, 2019, as widely expected. Policymakers said that the decision was consistent with the intended policy stance, amid a slowdown in external sector. For 2019, inflation is expected to be broadly stable compared to 2018. The Committee also noted that the economy maintains its underlying fundamental strength, with steady economic growth and stable in labour market conditions. Private consumption will remain the main driver of growth, still the domestic economy continues to face downside risks stemming from any further escalation in trade tensions and commodity related shocks. Interest Rate in Malaysia averaged 3 percent from 2004 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 3.50 percent in April of 2006 and a record low of 2 percent in February of 2009.
Interest Rate in Malaysia is expected to be 3.50 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Interest Rate in Malaysia to stand at 3.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Malaysia Interest Rate is projected to trend around 3.50 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.