The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This paper describes economic developments in Malaysia during the 1990s. Real output growth strengthened to 81/2 percent in 1993 from 7¾ percent in the previous year. In contrast to 1992, however, growth in output was driven exclusively by domestic demand, with all components recording stronger growth in 1993 than in the previous year. Consumption spending grew by 7¾ percent in 1993, up from 2¾ percent in 1992. Fuelled by higher real wages and the positive wealth effect of higher equity prices, real private consumption rose by 71/2 percent in 1993, compared with 21/2 percent in 1992.