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Malaysia’s debt still manageable, says Jala

July 24, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s debt is still manageable as it is below 55% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Idris Jala.

He said the 53.8% of national debt for last year is within the range as the government continues its efforts to bring down the fiscal deficit level.

“With the implementation of the Economic Transformation Programme, we are on the right trajectory and continue to reduce the deficit level every year. For 2012, we aim to narrow further the fiscal deficit to 4.7% from 5.0% of last year’s GDP,” he told the media on the sidelines of the

GTP Roadmap 2.0 Open Day here today.

Citing the Mass Rapid Transit project, Jala said though the government had to raise funds for the project, it still managed to keep the debt level below 55%.

“We borrow for investments (aiming) to grow our GDP and economy. The debt level will directly reduce. Unlike Greece, they are borrowing a lot of money but the economy is shrinking,” he added.

Jala, who is also the CEO of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu, said Malaysia’s GDP at 4.7% in the first quarter was still growing, whereas Singapore’s only grew at 1.4%, due to the slowdown in the global economy.

“This is good… with more investments coming in and positive indicators, going forward,” he added.

The GTP Roadmap 2.0 Open Day at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre aims to gather feedback from the public and provide a basis for review for Pemandu.

The GTP Roadmap 2.0 was formulated after Pemandu conducted a series of labs, held over six weeks in April and May, to identify key issues and new areas of growth opportunities, which would work on within the National Key Results Areas.

- Bernama


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