Saturday, 19 May 2018
By Siti Hawa Othman and Azlee Nor Mahmud

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- It was certainly a tense week that followed the installation of a new government in Putrajaya, but the markets have been tamed, on the back of renewed confidence projected by investors.
 
 
 
Saturday, 30 December 2017

Perodua Upbeat Over 2018 With EEV Trio

By AZIZUL AHMAD

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) is upbeat over recording another good year in 2018, driven by its three Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) models that are set to dominate the market.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

2017 Recovery Year For Ringgit, BNM Measures Place In Check

By Zairina Zainudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The year 2017 was indeed a recovery year for the ringgit, marking a turnaround in a colourful journey supported by positive domestic developments with Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) prudent measures keeping the local currency in check.

 
Saturday, 30 December 2017

Bursa Malaysia Concludes 2017 On A Good Note

By Niam Seet Wei

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Bursa Malaysia concludes 2017 on a relatively good note with positive aspects such as the stabilisation of crude oil prices, firmer ringgit, positive economic data and higher foreign fund inflow, lending support to the key index.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Power And Utilities Sector Expected To See A Brighter Future In 2018

By Azlee Nor Mahmud

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) --  After a rather encouraging 2017, the power and utilities sector is expected to see a brighter future in 2018 on the back of improved macroeconomic environment.

The current year has its fair share of worries over rising costs of electricity generation due to the higher coal prices and weakening ringgit as well as slow demand.

Moving forward, in the medium term, the growth in public transport infrastructure will, among others, contribute to better demand for power and utilities.

 
Friday, 29 December 2017

Peculiar Year As Free Trade Advocators Turn Protectionists

By Noor Soraya Mohd Jamal

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- It has been a rather peculiar year in 2017 for the global economy and predominantly the international pacts, where once advocators for free and open trade have turned protectionists, fanning anti-globalisation sentiment and an inward-looking mindset.

Amid this backdrop that has been sweeping through the advanced economies of Europe and United States, developing nations such as China, India and ASEAN nations have instead been forward looking towards embracing multilateralism and committing to free trade and globalisation.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had during the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vietnam, voiced concern over the rise of anti-globalisation within the grouping which ran contrary to its original aspiration.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

2017, A Bounty Of Opportunities For SMEs

By Siti Noor Afera Abu

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- The year 2017 has been declared as the ‘Start-up and Promotion’ year for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and indeed it has been a booming year with opportunities aplenty.

It was a year that was filled with activities including the advent of the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) and Leading Entrepreneur Accelerator Platform (LEAP) Market to help thrust the SMEs forward.

Yet it was not without its challenges as the SMEs continued to face challenging times due to the volatile and uncertain economy that could curb growth and prospects.

 
Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Accommodative Operating Environment For Airline Industry In 2017

By Farhana Poniman

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- Airlines in Malaysia had a good 2017, thanks to an accommodating operating environment, given the strong tourism growth and a continued depressed oil market throughout most of the year.

Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group (MSWG) Chief Executive Officer, Devanesan Evanson said furthermore, the strengthening of the ringgit vis-à- vis the greenback since early 2017 also favoured airlines with regard to fuel and other operating costs priced in US dollars.

“Among the key challenges faced by airlines in Malaysia during the year were increasing operating costs and intensifying competition from capacity expansion,” he told Bernama.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Malaysia's Economy Strengthens Amid Taunting Factors

By Siti Radziah Hamzah

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The year has been kind to Malaysia as its economy strengthened amid a confluence of taunting domestic and external factors which include the low commodity prices and weak currency. 

Most economists have been very cautious over the evolving economic outlook at the outset of the year and this was especially true in the context of rising protectionist policies in the US and populism sentiment globally, which could potentially set the world’s growth into a tailspin, had they materialised.

The ongoing Brexit negotiations and a series of elections in major European countries such as France and Germany threatened to further divide the European Union amid uncertainty in global oil prices as supply glut continues to shape the oil and gas industry.

 
 


  

     
 
 
 
 
 
 
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