UBS remains positive on Malaysia's long-term prospects

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    Swiss banking giant UBS said it remained positive on Malaysia's long-term economic prospects, and that GDP growth for 2020 will be in the 4.6 to five percent range.

    In a statement today, the Singapore branch of UBS said Malaysia's exports should increase once China's economy turns around.

    "We have also recently upgraded our three, six and 12-month forecast on the ringgit (versus the US dollar) to RM4.05, from RM4.15 previously," said corporate communication manager Adeline Lee.

    On Malaysia's stock market performance, Lee explained that Malaysia is a highly defensive market amid the ongoing global equity market bull run.

    "Should the global equity markets turn the corner as a result of the economic cycle coming to an end, a defensive market like Malaysia would be a more attractive investment proposition," she said.

    Read more: UBS admits officer's appraisal of M'sia has errors

    The clarification from Lee was part of a UBS press release admitting that its regional chief investment officer Kelvin Tay made several mistakes appraising Malaysia's economy during an interview with Bloomberg.

    Tay's gloomy assessment had become a political hot topic, as critics used it to illustrate the ineffectiveness of the government's handling of the economy.

    However, several government officials disputed Tay's assessment and pointed out mistakes – such as the claim that Malaysia had a current account deficit, and that 30 percent of GDP was reliant on the fossil fuel industry.

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