Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Belated Eid Mubarak; And I’m Back

I’ve been offline for more than a week now, but I’m back at work, refreshed and recharged. To all a happy holidays and Eid Mubarak to all muslimin and muslimah.

There’s quite a few topics that have come up over the past few weeks that I’ll have something to say on over the coming days, not least of which is the TPPA and Malaysia’s sovereign ratings. I’ve had quite a few emails asking about the former, plus attending MITI’s open day, so I’ll be writing what I think once I get my thoughts organised.


  1. Happy Eid Mubarak Mr Hisham.
    Hope you could give your own opinion. What is the possibility of economic downturn in 2014?
    Because of several reasons base on current news :-
    1. High government debt
    2. High household debt
    3. House price getting more and more expensive
    4. Ringgit slump
    5. Negative outlook by Fitch rating. Risk of rating downgrade
    6. Lower export
    7. China on going economic problem. Euro economic not recovered yet. Federal Reserve QE tapering

    1. @Emir



      1. None, not relevant
      2. None, not relevant
      3. None (actually the opposite)
      4. Causality is reversed (the ringgit is reflecting lower commodity prices and slowing growth, not the other way around)
      5. None, not relevant
      6. Export growth has already been stagnant for nearly two years already
      7. China: possible, Euro: already happening, US: QE tapering implies stronger global economic growth, which is positive not negative

  2. Selamat Hari Raya Adilfitri, Maaf Zahir & Batin
    to you Hishamh, sorry late but as the saying goes, better late than never.

    Looking forward to your upcoming articles.

    Zuo De

  3. Good to have you back online! Not too late to wish your Selamat Hari Raya yet, I guess. Maaf zahir dan batin.

    1. Zuo De & Ku

      Thanks for the wishes, it's nice to be back after a break. Hope you guys had a good break too.