Malaysia and ADB

In the Spotlight

  • ADB To Help Malaysia’s Melaka State Install Energy Efficient Road Lights

    The Melaka Road Lighting project plans to install over 100,000 smart light-emitting diode road lamps across the state using a digital networked lighting system. The project is expected to improve lighting, lower energy costs, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and strengthen road safety. 

  • Public Debt Remains Sustainable in Malaysia

    Malaysia has shown no particular vulnerability to sovereign debt distress during recent years, although it may still fall victim to a sudden loss in market confidence.

  • Malaysia: Economy

    The broad economic slowdown in Malaysia in 2015 is expected to continue through 2016 before growth starts to pick up in 2017. Read more from Asian Development Outlook 2016

  • ASEAN-ADB Cooperation Toward the Asean Community

    For the past 5 decades, ASEAN and ADB have both supported poverty reduction, sustainable development, and regional cooperation and integration in Southeast Asia. This publication provides an overview of cooperation between ADB and ASEAN, and how it has contributed to a more connected, competitive, and integrated region.

Malaysia has made huge strides in socioeconomic development over the past 4 decades, transforming itself from an underdeveloped country reliant on natural resources into a middle-income country with a vibrant manufacturing sector. The economy slowed down in 2015 due to low commodity prices and generally weak global environment, but growth is expected to remain positive in the near term.

Given Malaysia’s reliance on international trade, the narrowing current account surplus has resulted in currency volatility, slowdown in investments, and growing fiscal deficit. To meet these challenges, the government has introduced measures, such as the introduction of the goods and services tax, to strengthen its fiscal position.

ADB support in Malaysia has focused on advancing regional cooperation and integration, catalyzing private investments through public–private partnerships, and developing knowledge partnerships.

Fact Sheet

  • April 2016 Asian Development Bank and Malaysia 

    The ADB program in Malaysia has provided loans, grants and technical assistance to grow the country's economy and improve the lives of people, particularly the poor, women, children and other vulnerable groups.


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