ADB Approves $21.02 Billion in Financing in 2013

The substantial lending volume reflects Asia’s continued need for development assistance, despite impressive growth and poverty reduction efforts in recent years. Read More

Developing Asia To Extend Steady Growth in 2014

Higher demand from recovering advanced economies will be dampened somewhat by moderating growth in the PRC, says new ADB report. Read More

Contagion Risks Loom for Asia's Bond Markets

Risks to the region's financial markets are increasing and countries need to be prepared, warns ADB’s latest report. Read More

Middle-income Trap Holds Back Asia's Potential New Tiger Economies

Moving from a low-cost to a high-value economy requires innovative companies, an improved education system, and government incentives. Read More


Malaysia is a middle-income country with a record of strong economic performance and poverty reduction. Malaysia’s economy expanded steadily in 2011 and 2012. Domestic demand, particularly investment, was strong, but the external environment continued to remain weak. The economy is expected to continue to grow in 2013, largely on domestic demand.

The interim country partnership strategy, adopted in 2011, sets forth ADB's re-engagement with Malaysia and supports the national anchoring of regional cooperation and integration efforts.

Fast Facts

29.49 (2012)
Population in millions

1.6% (2010-2012)
Annual population growth rate

3.8% (2009)
Population living below the national poverty line

ADB Lending

Amount ($M) / %
Sector (No. of loans)
667.46 / 33.41
Agriculture (29)
258.80 / 12.96
Education (5)
321.50 / 16.09
Energy (11)
25.00 / 1.25
Finance (2)
181.53 / 9.09
Health (3)
53.00 / 2.65
Industry and Trade (1)
255.14 / 12.77
Transport and ICT (15)
235.11 / 11.77
Water Supply (11)
1,997.54 / 100.00
TOTAL (77)
Cumulative as of 31 December 2012