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[KUALA LUMPUR] Malaysia's consumer price index in December rose to 2.7 per cent from a year earlier due to a rise in prices for alcohol and tobacco products, government data showed on Wednesday.
The inflation rate was bang in line with the median forecast of 2.7 per cent in a Reuters poll, and up from 2.6 per cent in November.
Fuel prices fell in December but a 40 per cent tax hike on tobacco products imposed by the government the previous month have continued to drive inflation, economists said.
The country's inflation rate rose after the government introduced a 6 per cent goods and services tax in April but has been below 3 per cent since September.