Malaysia’s net international investment position (IIP) registered a higher net liabilities of RM88.9 billion as at end of first quarter 2019 (Q4 2018: net liabilities of RM77.6 billion). The financial assets position decreased by RM3.6 billion to post RM1,680.7 billion (Q4 2018: RM1,684.2 billion). Meanwhile, total liabilities increased by RM7.7 billion to record RM1,769.5 billion (Q4 2018: RM1,761.9 billion).
Direct Investment Abroad (DIA) position recorded a value of RM486.2 billion (Q4 2018: RM492.0 billion). The investment was mainly in Financial and insurance / takaful activities (39.6%), followed by Mining & quarrying (17.9%) and Agriculture sectors (8.4%). The top destinations for DIA were Singapore, Indonesia and Cayman Islands. Meanwhile, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) position in Malaysia increased to RM662.7 billion (Q4 2018: RM631.2 billion). The Manufacturing sector remained as the highest FDI recipient with 39.9 per cent, followed by Financial and insurance / takaful activities (22.8%) and Mining & quarrying sector (7.4%). The top three FDI countries were Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong.
Portfolio Investment registered a higher net liabilities position of RM254.2 billion (Q4 2018: net liabilities RM245.4 billion), while Other Investment recorded a lower net liabilities of RM80.1 billion (Q4 2018: net liabilities RM113.9 billion).
As at end of March 2019, the international reserves of Bank Negara Malaysia stood at RM420.2 billion (end of December 2018: RM419.5 billion).
DATO' SRI DR. MOHD UZIR MAHIDIN
CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
16 May 2019
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7187 / 7942
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