"The expected faster expansion in global growth would continue to benefit Malaysia's exports, with positive spillovers to the domestic economic activity".
That compares to the previous quarter's 6.2% print and a median estimate of 5.55% on year growth in a Nikkei Markets survey of economists.
Malaysia's economy grew by 5.9% in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) report.
The pace for October-December pushed 2017 full-year growth to 5.9 per cent, its best result in three years and a marked recovery from 2016 when growth slumped to its slowest pace since the global financial crisis in 2009.
Data released by the central bank on Wednesday showed annual growth of 5.9 percent in the fourth quarter.
Public spending on infrastructure projects have also added jobs and boosted investment.
Stronger growth since past year has fueled inflation concerns and prompted BNM to raise interest rates in January for the first time since 2014. "Plus, there are substantial headwinds for investment in 2018", Tamara Henderson of Bloomberg Economics said.
From the supply side, all economic sectors continued to expand, except for the mining sector, the central bank said in a statement today.
The currency rose 0.4 percent to 3.9255 as of 12:31 p.m.in Kuala Lumpur, maintaining gains from earlier, while stocks were little changed.
Both exports and imports climbed by 7.1 percent and 7.4 percent, respectively.