Bank Negara Malaysia raised the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) by 25 basis points to 3% since last Friday. Following this, banks will increase the Base Lending Rate (BLR) sooner. So, for those who have variable loans especially housing loan will have to pay more in their monthly installment.
The reason for increasing the OPR is to cover the local inflationary pressures. The current inflation rate is about 2.9% and it is expected to continue to rise in latter part of the year. However, Bank Negara did a great job as they take pre-emptive action to push for economic growth before addressing the inflation issue.