Allegations of failed economy baseless, says finance minister

Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz says his ministry will continue centering structural reforms to strengthen the country’s economic resilience. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 21, 2022.

FINANCE Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz has refuted the claims of some parties that the government had failed to manage the nation’s economy, saying that the facts and figures are more than sufficient to reflect the real situation. 

He said the country recorded an encouraging gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the first half of 2022, and that the positive momentum is expected to continue in the second half of the year. 

“Our GDP grew by 5.1% in the first quarter of 2022 (Q1 2022) and 8.9% in Q2 2022, and the unemployment rate is also going down, while foreign direct investments are increasing. 

“This does not indicate a failing economy. Facts and numbers don’t lie,” he told the media after delivering his keynote speech at the Developing and Financing Green Housing in Asia conference in Kuala Lumpur today. 

The finance minister said his ministry will continue to emphasise important structural reforms to strengthen the country’s economic resilience for the future, aside from curbing the inflation rate amid the uncertain economic environment. – Bernama, September 21, 2022.

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