November 23, 2016 / 7:05 AM / 3 years ago

REFILE-Malaysia holds policy interest rate at 3.00 pct

(Corrects dateline)

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Malaysia’s central bank kept its benchmark rate at 3.00 percent on Wednesday as expected, amid expectations of continued volatility in regional financial and foreign exchange markets.

All 13 economists in a Reuters poll had forecast no change to the overnight policy rate (OPR).

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) said the economy will continue to be driven by the private sector with some support from exports.

“Going forward, private sector activity will remain the key driver of growth,” the central bank said in a statement.

In July, BNM unexpectedly cut its key rate by 25 basis points. Prior to that, the rate had been held steady for seven years at 3.25 percent. (Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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