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PESTLE Insights: Malaysia - Macroeconomic Outlook Report

PESTLE Insights: Malaysia - Macroeconomic Outlook Report


Four major states (Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak and Johor) contributed 57.9% to the country’s GDP and comprised 45.5% of the Malaysia’s population


Mining, manufacturing and utilities contributed 34.0% to the gross value added (GVA) in 2016, followed by wholesale, retail and hotels (19.3%) and financial intermediation, real estate and business activities (11.0%). In nominal terms, the three sectors are expected to grow by 7.2%, 9.1% and 8.3% respectively in 2017


  • Malaysia ranked 22nd out of 136 nations in the MLCRI Q3 2017. The country’s score is in the very low risk nations band (below 30)
  • Services attracted the most FDI followed by manufacturing sector in 2016
  • As per World Bank's logistics performance index (LPI), transport and logistic infrastructure in Malaysia has deteriorated over the last two years with decline in rank from 25th in 2014 to 32nd out of 160 countries in 2016
Reasons to buy
  • Macroeconomic Outlook Report identifies the potentials of the country as an investment destination by analyzing the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental (PESTLE) structure.
  • PESTLE Insights provides 360 degree view of the economy which can be used as a strategic tool to understand the market dynamics, business potentials and direction of operations
  • Along with providing the country’s snapshot, the report captures the risk factors pertaining to the macroeconomic risks, political environment, legal environment, demographic and social structure effectiveness, technology & infrastructure and natural and geographic aspects that might impact business.
  • This report also highlights key clusters/cities which contribute significantly to the country GDP and population along with major companies’ presence in these areas.

Did you Know? 4
Country Highlights 5
Country Snapshot 7
PESTLE Insights 20
Political Landscape 21
Economic Landscape 22
Social Landscape 29
Technological Landscape 32
Legal Landscape 35
Environmental Landscape 36
List of Figures
Exhibit 1: Malaysia’s Performance in Country Risk Analysis in Comparison to Developed Europe and The World 11
Exhibit 2: Performance Overview (Score: 1-100) 11
Exhibit 3: Broad Categories and Weights behind the Index 12
Exhibit 4: FTSE Index (FTSE100) 14
Exhibit 5: Key Sectors Contribution to the Economy 15
Exhibit 6: Net FDI (2012-2016), Inward FDI by Component (2012-2016) and FDI by Sector (2012-2016) 16
Exhibit 7: FDI by Continent (2012-2016) and FDI Earnings by Component (2016) 18
Exhibit 8: Key Infrastructure Indicators 20
Exhibit 9: Real GDP and Household Consumption Growth Rate 24
Exhibit 10: Real GDP Growth Rate Comparison (2016) 24
Exhibit 11: Export, Import and Trade Balance 25
Exhibit 12: Current Account Balance 25
Exhibit 13: Top Three Commodity Exports, % of Total Exports, 2014-2016 26
Exhibit 14: Motor Cars and Other Motor Vehicles Principally Designed for the Transport, % of World Total, 2016 26
Exhibit 15: Interest Rates 28
Exhibit 16: Exchange Rate 28
Exhibit 17: Public Finance 29
Exhibit 18: General Government Debt 29
Exhibit 19: Employment/Unemployment 31
Exhibit 20: Average Annual Wages 31
Exhibit 21: Labour Cost Index 31
Exhibit 22: Rural/Urban Share in Total Population 32
Exhibit 23: Age-group Share of Total Population 32
Exhibit 24: Gender Split 32
Exhibit 25: Internet Users % of Total Population, Mobile Penetration Rate and Broadband Penetration Rate, 2016 34
Exhibit 26: Number of Patents Granted Per M Inhabitants, 2015 35
Exhibit 27: High-technology exports (% of manufactured exports) 35
Exhibit 28: Doing Business in Malaysia 2018 36
Exhibit 29: Corruption Perception Index (Rankings) 2016 36
Exhibit 30: CO2 Emissions

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