OVERALL BALANCE OF PAYMENTS
In the first quarter of 2017, Malaysia's Balance of Payments recorded a surplus in current account of RM5.3 billion from RM12.5 billion in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, financial account posted a net outflow of RM8.8 billion (Q4 2016: net outflow RM14.2 billion) and international reserves of Bank Negara Malaysia decreased by RM1.8 billion (Q4 2016: increase by RM19.0 billion) to stand at RM422.1 billion.
A surplus in current account balance was mainly supported by surplus in goods account RM25.3 billion (Q4 2016: surplus of RM31.2 billion), while services and income accounts posted deficit.
A net outflow in financial account mainly due to a net outflow in portfolio investment of RM31.9 billion (Q4 2016: net outflow RM19.1 billion). As for direct investment flows, Direct Investment Abroad (DIA) registered a net outflow of RM8.7 billion (Q4 2016: net outflow of RM12.0 billion), while Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Malaysia recorded a net inflow of RM17.0 billion (Q4 2016: net inflow of RM13.0 billion).
Download: Summary Table of Balance of Payments, 2015 - Q1 2017
THE OFFICE OF CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
19 May 2017
Ho Mei Kei
Public Relation Officer
Corporate and User Services Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
Email : mkho[at]stats.gov.my