Lee Heng Guie

Recent and archived articles by Lee Heng Guie

16 Feb 2019 | 7:00 AM

Global central banks in ready mode

MAJOR international institutions and almost all market consensuses are forecasting the global economy, which was firing on all cylinders in 2018, is now looking to grow less strongly in 2019, moving from a synchronised growth to less synchronised global growth.

29 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Our wish list for the government in 2019

IT is now more than eight months that the Pakatan Harapan-led government has administered the country since the general election was held on May 9. Hopes and aspirations are high on the rebooting of Malaysia as a competitive and well-governed nation.

Here’s our wish list for the government in 2019: Build a strategic narrative, Reinvigorating confidence, Policy clarity and certainty, Sustaining growth, Stop political bickering.
22 Dec 2018 | 7:00 AM

Malaysian economy: Glass half full or half empty

THE Malaysian economy is expected to face another tumultuous year in 2019 as it is being challenged by on-going domestic adjustments and rising external headwinds, particularly lingering uncertainties about the state of the US-China trade disputes and further tightening of the US interest rates.

26 Nov 2018 | 7:00 AM

Social safety nets – build on workable mechanism

MANY developing countries are establishing social safety programmes to provide support for the underserved and vulnerable groups post the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.

Malaysia too has implemented various social and financial assistance programmes to mitigate the vulnerable households from the impact of financial shocks, employment disruptions and the rising cost of living. There are also targeted programmes to improve the income of the B40 households (monthly income of below RM4,360) segment., says Lim Heng Guie (pic).
12 Nov 2018 | 7:00 AM

Restoring fiscal health, refocusing priorities

Comment - By Lee Heng Guie
WE understand the government has to make choices and trade-offs to manage the medium-term fiscal challenges and limitations. It is indeed a tough and challenging political balancing act for the Finance Minister to craft a responsive budget without impairing growth and worsening the fiscal deficit.

22 Oct 2018 | 7:00 AM

How to give private investment in Malaysia a push?

MALAYSIA’S private investment growth has displayed weakening trends since 2012, with its growth moderating from an annual rate of 21.4% in 2012 to 4.3% in 2016, before gaining traction to 9.3% in 2017.

LEE: pulled pack sharply to an average growth of 3.3% in the first half of 2018, as investors adopted a wait-and-see approach ahead of the 14th general election.  During the period of 2015-17, private investment growth almost halved to 6.8% per annum from a double-digit rate of 13.6% in 2010-2014.
20 Oct 2018 | 7:00 AM

Budget 2019 priorities – some thoughts

THE Malaysian economy slowed to 4.5% year-on-year (y-o-y) in the second quarter of 2018, the slowest rate in five quarters since the second quarter of 2017.

Slowdown: The Malaysian economy slowed to 4.5 y-o-y in the second quarter of 2018, the slowest growth rate in five quarters. — Bernama
15 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

Getting ready for a lean budget

MALAYSIANS are now in for three phases of change in the role of government in New Malaysia. During the period of political and economic policy transition, we have to endure some adjustment and transition costs.

1 Sep 2018 | 7:00 AM

SST – for better or worse?

Today, the Sales and Service Tax (SST) makes a comeback on our tax radar screen to replace the three years and two months old Goods and Services Tax (GST), which was implemented on April 1, 2015.

25 Aug 2018 | 7:00 AM

Malaysia Incorporated – renewed vigour

PRIME Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has announced that the Government will revive the concept of Malaysia Incorporated (Malaysia Inc), in which Malaysia will be regarded as one huge corporation where the Government and private sector work to ensure the success of our cooperation.

The “Malaysia Incorporated” concept was introduced on Feb 25, 1983 as an “industrial strategy” to forge a new symbiotic relationship and partnership between the public and private sectors.