Low interest rates also mean low ringgit; it’s a difficult choice – Jomo

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Bank Negara Malaysia’s policy of keeping interest rates low plays a positive role in keeping down the cost of borrowing, but people in Malaysia need to understand that this also results in a weakening ringgit, economist Jomo Kwame Sundram says.

“The US increasing interest rates forces everybody else to increase interest rates. So when some of you complain about the ringgit getting very weak, we have to (first) understand why it is getting very weak,” he explains.

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