Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Najib denied that Malaysia faced an economic crisis akin to that of 1997-98. The budget revision reaffirmed the government's commitment to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), to be introduced in April, liable to raise much-needed revenue, but reduce demand.
- If the government's revised budget plans fail, Malaysia's sovereign rating may suffer.
- A lack of international investor confidence would compound Malaysia's economic difficulties.
- Economic diversification efforts could take months or years to bear fruit.