Malaysia — June 2021

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Malaysia has a strong economic development record. Since independence in 1957, it has expanded manufacturing, services and tourism industries to complement the country’s competitive resource sector. It is a high middle-income, export-oriented economy. Relative to emerging and developing Asia, Malaysia has a stronger credit rating, higher per capita incomes and more conducive business environment, while GDP growth is in line with peers.

This chart is a cobweb diagram showing how a country measures up on four important dimensions of economic performance—per capita income, annual GDP growth, business climate and creditworthiness. Per capita income is in current US dollars and is the five-year average between 2021 and 2025 as provided by the IMF. Annual GDP growth is the five-year average between 2021 and 2025. Business climate is measured by the World Bank’s latest Ease of Doing Business ranking of 190 countries. Creditworthiness attempts to measure a country's ability to honour its external debt obligations and is measured by its OECD country credit risk rating. The chart shows not only how a country performs on the four dimensions, but how it measures up against other regional countries.