Ringgit-dollar peg not beneficial for now, says Bank Negara
Any move to peg the ringgit against the US dollar will not be beneficial to the country in the current challenging environment, Bank Negara Malaysia governor Tan Sri Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus said.
马来西亚中央银行行长Tan Sri Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus表示，在当前充满挑战的环境下，任何将零吉与美元挂钩的举措都不会对该国有利。
Nor Shamsiah said instead, Malaysia's flexible foreign exchange policy was able to absorb economic shocks and preserve its competitiveness in a challenging global environment.
Nor Shamsiah 表示，马来西亚灵活的外汇政策能够吸收经济冲击，并在充满挑战的全球环境中保持竞争力。
"Pegging the ringgit will not be the best move in Malaysia's interest. It will pose a huge risk to the country. For example, we need to emulate the monetary policy of the country we peg the currency to.
"If the US Federal Reserve (Fed) wants to raise rates by 3.0%, then we also need to follow it. This causes us to lose monetary freedom," she told reporters after a briefing on Malaysia's first quarter (Q1) gross domestic product (GDP) here on 13th May .
On 11th May, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad suggested the government to consider the currency peg to address the ringgit's current fluctuation on the foreign exchange market.
在5月11日，Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad建议政府考虑采用货币挂钩，以解决令吉目前在外汇市场上的波动。
According to his tweet, the former Prime Minister said the global economic uncertainty resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic had made it even more important to prevent instability in the ringgit's value.
The ringgit had depreciated 0.7% against the US dollar in Q1 of 2022, broadly in line with the movement of regional currencies, Bank Negara said.
国家银行表示，零吉兑美元在 2022 年第一季度贬值 0.7%，大致与区域货币的走势一致。
The central bank said this was due to the broad US dollar strength, driven by higher US interest rates, global risk-off sentiment given the conflict in Ukraine and expectations of modest growth in China.
Commenting further, Nor Shamsiah said it must also be acknowledged that the main factors that contributed to the country's success in pegging the ringgit in 1998, mostly through capital controls at that time, had an impact on the country.
Nor Shamsiah 进一步评论说，还必须承认，促成该国在 1998 年成功盯住零吉的主要因素，主要是通过当时的资本管制，对该国产生了影响。
"So maintaining a currency peg is a very burdensome policy as it will take up a large portion of our country's reserves.
"Currency pegging will also have a big impact not only on the inflow of foreign direct investment into Malaysia but also cause the outflow of capital from the country," she added.