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AS this is the last column for the year 2021, it is an opportune time to reflect on the performance of financial markets and factors that dictated market directions.
The year 2021 indeed was full of promises as investors were looking forward to pent-up consumer demand that was expected to drive economic growth in the post-pandemic world.
With vaccines slowly but surely being rolled out, economic growth projections for the year were robust, with growth expectations of between 6.5% and 7.5% as envisaged by the government when Budget 2021 was tabled.
But the stars were not aligned Malaysia’s way, as even at the start of the year itself, economic activities were disrupted by the announcement of the movement control order (MCO) on top of the Declaration of Emergency and the suspension of the Parliamentary session in early January itself.
While Malaysia announced plans for inoculation of its population, the slow pace of the rollout was slowly taking its toll on the number of cases, despite the MCO. Left with no choice, Malaysia moved towards the implementation of a full MCO which came with greater restrictions.
At the same time, the political temperature too was rising, as the sitting prime minister then, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, lost the majority support in the house and it was back to another game of political maneuvering, which eventually led to the appointment of Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the ninth Prime Minister of Malaysia.
This coincided with Malaysia’s experience of the peak number of Covid-19 cases as well as the number of deaths in August.
Battling against the pandemic, the government introduced various economic stimulus packages to the tune of RM225bil, bringing the pandemic-led assistance programme since last year to RM530bil, of which some RM83bil was direct fiscal injection.
This also includes the various Employees Provident Fund-related withdrawal schemes which have proven to be popular among its members as some RM101bil have been withdrawn.
While economic momentum for 2021 was in full swing in the second quarter (Q2) period when the economy expanded by 16.1% year-on-year (y-o-y), it was the reverse in the Q3 period as the economy contracted by 4.5% y-o-y.
Based on seasonally adjusted figures, technically, Malaysia entered an economic recession yet again as we experienced two consecutive quarter-on-quarter of economic contractions.
Nevertheless, as far as market earnings are concerned, not many changes were seen throughout the year, but individual sectors and stocks did see some gyration in numbers, especially those within the glove sector, plantation and other commodity-based companies which benefitted from the sky-high commodity prices.