今年的讲座主题为“微利的年代 – 如何保住企业的盈利”，讲师是台湾中兴大学财务金融系杨声勇教授。
由台湾侨务委员会主办，台北驻马来西亚代表处协办，马来西亚中华总商会 (中总) 主催的2014年马来西亚经贸巡回讲座，将在2014年9月22日至28日期间，在马来西亚各州巡回举行。
ACCCIM Media Conference on Survey Report on Economic Situation of Malaysia for the 1st Half of Year 2014
Speech by Dato’ Lim Kok Cheong, President of ACCCIM
1. First of all, I would like to express my appreciation to all media representatives for your presence this morning.
2. The Bank Negara Malaysia announced last month that the Malaysian economy expanded by 6.4% in the second quarter of 2014. Some economists however have projected that the economic growth of Malaysia in the second half of 2014 will moderate to 5.0 to 5.5%, and projected an overall growth rate of 5.5% for year 2014. The economic growth of Malaysia in the first half is better than other ASEAN countries, however, the continuous rising costs of doing business in Malaysia has become one of the main concerns encountered by businesses, which included the increase in cost of utilities and fuel prices, implementation of minimum wages, increase of raw materials prices, various fees levied by some Government Ministries or Agencies such as the increase in foreign workers work permit processing fee, inspection charges for exportation of processed fishery products and import service charge for fishery products, permit for exportation of timber etc.
3. On 10th July 2014, Bank Negara Malaysia decided to raise the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) by 0.25%. Within the next few days the major commercial banks revised the basic lending rate (BLR) and announced its BLR increased from 6.60% to 6.85%. This measure indirectly added burden to the cost of doing business, causing inflationary pressure. Higher interest rate has lowered the distributable income of some businesses, particularly the property sector, automotive and consumer goods. How to save costs has become the biggest problem for most SMEs, but the situation getting intensified, in order to survive, businesses would have no choice but to pass on cost increased to consumers.