KUALA LUMPUR (June 2): Notwithstanding a rise in direct government debt, Malaysia's overall debt and liabilities in 2018 dropped 3.9 percentage points (ppts) to 75.4% of the country's gross domestic product in 2018, versus 79.3% in 2017, following a successful cost rationalisation exercise involving planned mega projects and Public Private Partnership (PPP) payments .

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