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Ironically, the share purchases sponsored by the government were seen by market participants, both local and foreign, as an opportunity to get rid of Malaysian shares, rather than a reason for holding onto them. The ban on short-selling was lifted in early September 1997. After more than 5 months of policy indifference, a major policy package involving signiªcant ªscal and monetary concretionary measures was announced by the then Finance Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, on 5 December 1997. This policy, which was welcomed by the international ªnance community and labeled by the news media as “IMF policy without IMF,” was however quickly abandoned, compounding policy uncertainty.

Section 4 discusses the radical policy shift, 1 Among the six East Asian countries which were directly affected by the 1997–98 crisis, Indonesia is not an appropriate comparator because political instability and social upheaval had interrupted crisis management in that country during most of the period under study. There is also little to gain from a comparison with the Philippines because the economic disruption caused by the mid 1997 speculative attack was relatively small and the economy had already returned to the pre-crisis growth path by mid 1998.

With a view to stopping speculative trading in ringgit in overseas markets (predominantly in Singapore), the use of ringgit as an invoicing currency in foreign trade was banned with immediate effect and legal tender on all ringgit deposits held outside the country with effect from 30 September 1998. 11 The other measures included restrictions on overseas investment by residents exceeding RM 10,000 and a limit of RM 1,000 on Malaysian overseas travelers and stringent limits on the approval of foreign exchange for overseas travel and investment.

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