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4.5 to 5pc growth rate expected this year, says Malaysia’s PM

Malaysia can expect a growth rate of between 4.5 and 5 percent this year, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said on Thursday.

The prime minister said that the economic prospects still looked "encouraging", and that there was enough of a momentum in the country’s domestic trade for the projected figures.

"Economic prospects should still be encouraging… (we are looking at) 4.5 to 5 percent growth rate," Najib (picture) told Chinese-language radio station 988FM in an interview.