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PETALING JAYA: Bank Negara’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has raised its benchmark overnight policy rate (OPR) by 25 basis points (bps) to 2.75%, with the central bank stating future policy action need not remain on the linear trajectory seen in 2022 and balanced by the need to contain inflationary pressure and sustain economic growth.
This was the fourth consecutive 25-bps hike in the OPR this year, with the central bank asserting strong economic growth provided the room to do so and the move yesterday driven partly by the elevated headline and core inflation levels.
The central bank reiterated the MPC was not on any pre-set course, which economists interpreted to mean the central bank maintains its policy autonomy and would be primarily data-dependent in determining the OPR, going forward.
“It indicates that Bank Negara would pause its ongoing tightening cycle, if the situation warrants it to, even if it disrupts the trajectory of policy normalisation,” said Firdaos Rosli, chief economist at Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd.
In its statement yesterday, Bank Negara noted that despite the challenging environment, domestic demand will remain the key driver of economic growth, with household spending underpinned by improvements in labour market conditions and income prospects.,
It said tourist arrivals will provide a further boost, while investment activity and prospects will be supported by the realisation of multi-year projects.
The central bank added that external headwinds could dampen the vitality of current growth, more so if global growth slows above expectations due to various reasons.
Phua Lee Kerk, head of research at Phillip Securities, said Bank Negara still faced two major issues, namely, inflationary pressures, not from overheating but from higher natural resources prices, and the rising interest rate differential which is leading to the weaker ringgit and import inflationary pressures.
“The inflationary pressures will remain for the moment because commodity resources prices remain elevated, but the 25-bps hike in the OPR will help stem the further weakening of the ringgit temporarily as markets await for policy trajectory into 2023 from Bank Negara and the Federal Reserve (Fed),” he said.
Bank Negara’s move comes on the heels of the Fed hiking its policy rate by another 75 bps to the range of 3.75% to 4% yesterday to cool inflation at four-decade highs in the American economy .
More important was Fed chair Jerome Powell stating the runway to a soft landing of the American economy had narrowed over the course of the year with a recession increasingly inevitable.,