Speaking to the press on November 17 after a meeting to announce the country's GDP in Q3, Rasheed said Malaysia's economic fundamentals remain strong and supportive of growth moving forward, adding that GDP had exceeded pre-pandemic levels.

A corner of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Malaysian economy expanded by 3.3% from a year earlier in the July-September period, according to data from the BNM - the central bank, higher than the figure of 2.9% in the second quarter, driven by strong domestic spending

He downplayed concerns about the ringgit currency, which has fallen around 6% against the U.S. dollar this year, saying that it did not reflect strength in the economy.

Source: VNA