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Seven Charts Show State of Malaysia’s Economy Ahead of Polls

Campaign flags ahead of elections  on Malaysia on Nov. 14.

Campaign flags ahead of elections  on Malaysia on Nov. 14.

Photographer: Samsul Said/Bloomberg

As Malaysians head to the polls on Nov. 19, rising costs of living and a weaker currency will likely influence how they cast their ballots. 

Latest indicators show mixed results. Gross domestic product logged a region-beating double-digit growth in the third quarter and labor force has shown flashes of returning to pre-Covid levels, even as key sectors including palm oil and manufacturing continue to face worker shortages.