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Malaysia’s domestic demand projected to grow by 5.3 pct next year

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 — Maaysia’s domestic demand is projected to expand by 5.3 per cent in 2024, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) said in its Economic Outlook 2024 report released today.

The expansion is attributable to private sector expenditure, which continues to lead economic activities with a 5.6 per cent growth, contributing 4.3 percentage points to gross domestic product (GDP) growth, the ministry said.

The public sector expenditure will likely increase by 4.1 per cent, contributing 0.7 percentage points to GDP growth.

It said private consumption is expected to grow by 5.7 per cent, owing to continued improvement in the labour market and a stronger domestic economy and social activities.

Major events like the UEFA Euro 2024, the 2024 Olympic Games, and the growing social commerce trend are also expected to boost private consumption next year.

Meanwhile, said private investment will likely expand by 5.4 per cent in step with more favourable business sentiments and an improved external environment.

“As such, the private sector is expected to intensify its efforts to inject additional capital outlays into the economy.

“In addition, private investment will continue to benefit from the realisation of approved investments by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority mainly in the electrical and electronic (E&E), transport equipment, as well as information and communications subsectors,” the ministry said.

Public investment is projected to increase by 8.3 per cent in 2024, supported by higher Federal government development and non-financial public corporations’ expenditures.

Meanwhile, public consumption is expected to grow by 2.6 per cent, driven by higher spending on supplies and services to improve public service delivery, coupled with the effort to spend more effectively and efficiently.

In line with the expansion in domestic economic activities, the gross national income at current prices is predicted to increase by 6.2 per cent next year.

Gross national savings are anticipated to expand by 2.9 per cent to RM471.8 billion, with total investment envisaged to increase by 3.3 per cent to RM409.6 billion.

Additionally, MoF said the services sector is projected to grow by 5.6 per cent in 2024, driven by expansion in all subsectors.

Vibrant tourism-related activities and continuous consumer spending would likely spur the growth of the services sector further.

The wholesale and retail trade subsector will remain the key contributor to the services sector with an expected growth of 5.6 per cent, driven by the expansion in the retail segment via wider automation, e-commerce, and omnichannel shopping experience, enabling seamless physical and online interactions.

According to the report, the manufacturing sector is forecast to expand by 4.2 per cent in 2024, bolstered by better performance in export and domestic-oriented industries.

Export-oriented industries would likely benefit from the recovery of external demand, with the E&E segment projected to surge, primarily driven by memory products.

“This aligns with the rebound in demand for technologically advanced products. Similarly, domestic-oriented industries are anticipated to grow steadily backed by higher output in transport and construction-related segments, in tandem with better consumer spending and business activities,” it noted.

Furthermore, the agriculture sector is forecast to grow by 1.2 per cent in 2024, driven by expansion in most subsectors, particularly oil palm, other agriculture and livestock.

The mining sector will rebound by 2.7 per cent next year, led by remarkable performance in natural gas, crude oil, and condensate subsectors.

The construction sector would likely expand by 6.8 per cent in 2024, following a better performance in all subsectors.

— Bernama

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