OVERALL BALANCE OF PAYMENTS
Malaysia's Balance of Payments recorded a higher surplus of RM15.0 billion in current account for the first quarter of 2018 (Q4 2017: RM13.9 billion). Meanwhile, financial account recorded a net inflow of RM15.2 billion (Q4 2017: net inflow RM6.0 billion).
The higher surplus of RM15.0 billion in current account was largely supported by increase in goods account of RM35.7 billion (Q4 2017: surplus RM34.1 billion) and lower deficit in services account of RM5.8 billion (Q4 2017: deficit RM7.0 billion).
The financial account recorded a net inflow of RM15.2 billion (Q4 2017: net inflow RM6.0 billion). This was due to higher net inflow of direct investment at RM10.7 billion (Q4 2017: net inflow RM5.3 billion) and other investment at RM6.4 billion (Q4 2017: net outflow RM9.5 billion).
Direct Investment Abroad (DIA) registered a turnaround to net outflow of RM1.3 billion in this quarter as against a net inflow of RM1.9 billion in last quarter. Meanwhile, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Malaysia recorded a higher net inflow of RM12.0 billion (Q4 2017: net inflow RM3.4 billion).
THE OFFICE OF CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
17 May 2018
Ho Mei Kei
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
Email : mkho[at]dosm.gov.my