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Malaysia’s inflation remains at 1.8 per cent in April

KUALA LUMPUR (XINHUA) – Malaysia’s inflation remained at 1.8 per cent in April for three consecutive months with the index points recorded at 132.4 as against 130 in the same month of the previous year, official data showed yesterday.

The Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) said in a statement that the increase in inflation in April was driven by the increases in the main group of restaurant and accommodation services (3.5 per cent), personal care, social protection and miscellaneous goods and services (3.1 per cent), and housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (three per cent).

According to the DOSM, the overall monthly inflation for April recorded an increase of 0.2 per cent as compared to 0.1 per cent recorded in March.

Meanwhile, the core inflation in April increased to 1.9 per cent as compared to 1.7 per cent recorded in March.

Visitors and vendors at Pasar Karat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. PHOTO: BERNAMA