Only 2.5 pct of federal govt debt is foreign-denominated, says Zafrul
26 Aug 2022 11:12pm
Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Aziz. says foreign loans are from various institutions and investors from around the world, among them the United States, Europe, Japan, China, and Singapore. - Bernama pic
KUALA LUMPUR - The claim that Malaysia owes a lot of money to Indonesia is not true as only 2.5 per cent of federal government debts are foreign-denominated, said Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Aziz.
The foreign loans are from various institutions and investors from around the world, among them the United States, Europe, Japan, China, and Singapore.
"So the 2.5 percent of foreign loans cannot all be from Indonesia, it’s not logical. And the remaining 97.5 per cent of the national debt are domestic loans,” he said in a video that was uploaded on Twitter today.
Zafrul explained that government borrowings are different from the loans made by individuals.
"One of the ways governments borrow money is through a bond issuance whereby investors will make bids for the rate of return or yield, as well as the amount wanted.
"Investors who bid the lowest rate of return but with the highest loan amount will be selected,” he said, adding that it is rare for a country to make a direct loan from another country. - Bernama
InvestKL, an agency under MITI says the investments included six well-known multinational corporations (MNCs) from the US, the UK, China, and Australia.
The new investment by Lazada solidifies the collaboration between key segment leaders -- one in e-commerce and the other in digital financial services and payments. - Bernama Photo
The global agency projected that government deficit at 5 per cent of GDP, down from an estimated 10.2 per cent of GDP in 2021. "State and local governments continue to perform well, and could result in an even lower general government outturn."