KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 1): Malaysia will require three years to restore its fiscal health and take its position as “the most promising emerging economy” to achieve high-income status, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

He noted that Bloomberg had already placed Malaysia at No. 1 among the top 20 emerging economies in the world and all three international credit rating agencies, despite the need to clean up the “financial mess” caused by the previous government, maintained the country’s ratings.