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Malaysia may roll out stimulus to protect growth amid virus outbreak

Government could deploy assistance sooner than planned if situation worsens

Malaysia's Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, seen here last July, says the government is assessing the situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak.    © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Malaysia may roll out a fiscal stimulus package if there is a need to ensure sustainable growth and address the economic impact from coronavirus outbreak, the finance minister said Thursday.

"If we see any impact from the virus, as discussed in the cabinet yesterday, the ministry of finance will evaluate and plan to have an economic stimulus package, if needed," Lim Guan Eng said at a news conference. "But it is still early."

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