KUALA LUMPUR (March 20): Malaysia's annual inflation rate is expected to expand 4.1% in February, the fastest pace in a year, a Reuters poll showed.
The rise in February's consumer price index was likely driven by rising transport costs, following higher global oil prices and a weaker Malaysian ringgit, the economists surveyed said.
A 4.1% annual inflation rate would be the highest since February 2016, when it hit a seven-year peak of 4.2%.
In January, annual inflation rose 3.2%, driven by higher prices of food and transport.
Malaysia's central bank said last month inflation had expanded 1.7% in the fourth quarter of 2016.
The government said in October it expected inflation to remain between 2% and 3% in 2017.