Overnight Policy Rate
Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) cut its overnight policy rate (OPR) by 25 basis points (bps) to a record low of 1.75% .
- Including latest Overnight Policy Rate cut, BNM has slashed the OPR four times so far this year for a cumulative 125bps reduction
- Jan 22, 2020, BNM cut the OPR by 25 bps to 2.75% followed by another 25bps reducing on March 3 to 2.5%.
- On May 5, BNM slashed the OPR by 50 bps to 2.00 and now with the latest low cut rate of 1.75%.
The Impact of covid -19
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the global economy is severe. Global economy conditions remain weak with global growth to be negative for the year.
Broad-based weakness in labor markets and precautionary behavior by households and businesses could affect the recovery going forward and the pace and strength of the recovery, however, remain subject to downside risks emanating from both domestic and global factors.
Several major economies have begun relaxing measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the gradual resumption of economy activity.
OPR provides additional policy stimulus to accelerate the pace of economy recovery. The MPC (Monetary Policy Committee) will continue to assess evolving conditions and their implications on the overall outlook for inflation and domestic growth.