Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Government Debt: Revisionism

Tengku Razaleigh made a speech in Parliament yesterday that made some waves.

I thought I might have a look back at the fiscal metrics during Ku Li’s time as finance minister (fiscal deficit and government debt as ratios to GDP; shaded area):



The truth is, fiscal management is and can be event specific. Ku Li had to deal with the biggest and sharpest collapse in global commodity prices in modern history. This government on the other hand had to deal with the longest and most severe global recession since the Great Depression.

Just sayin’.

1 comment:

  1. ya i wouldn't give too much credence to what Ku Li says really