Malaysia clinched various world titles in 2011, but not all are to be proud of.
IT'S the start of a new year and sports fans in Malaysia will probably remember 2011 as the year the national football team bagged the Sea Games Gold medal for football, proving that the AFC Suzuki Cup they won in 2010 was no fluke.
There is also our Squash princess Datuk Nicol David who won her sixth World Open title to earn her a place in the World Squash Hall of Fame as the all-time great of women's squash. Then there is our Badminton King Datuk Lee Chong Wei, who is now No. 1 in the Badminton World Federation ranking.
However, the past year showed that sports is not the only field that Malaysia had scored in globally, even if some records may not be something to shout about.
1 of most hardworking
YES, many could not believe it either but workplace provider Regus insisted that Malaysians are working very hard in its global survey, 15% of Malaysian employees claimed to regularly work for more than 11 hours a day, compared to 10% globally.
Some 32% of Malaysian workers work between nine and 11 hours every day while 47% take work home, compared to 43% globally. Now if only we can get our productivity up too.
1st in the world
SCIENCE, Technology and Innovation Ministry recently announced that it is drafting a Computing Professionals Bill the first in the world.
The Bill aims to improve the standards of the local IT industry by imposing minimum qualifications for IT professionals, among others.
Under the proposed Bill, a Board of Computing Professionals Malaysia (BCPM) will also be set up for the registration of IT practitioners.
Unsurprisingly, this has received flak from industry players who say that it will stifle their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit; as they point out, the likes of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates would never have made their breakthroughs under such a law.
No. 1 most obese
MALAYSIAN food is the best no less for the variety we pride ourselves. The only problem is that all the “good” food is going straight to our heart, and other parts of our body. According to the Health Ministry, Malaysia has the highest obesity rate in South-East Asia and is ranked sixth in the Asia-Pacific region. It may not be surprising in 2006, the National Health Morbidity Survey already found 43.1% of Malaysian adults overweight, 14% of whom were obese. But with chronic diseases being accounted for more than 60% of all deaths in Malaysia, it is definitely a cause for concern.
No. 3 most unfaithful
WE know Malaysians are a loving lot but as the recent Durex Sexual Wellbeing Survey shows, maybe we “lurve” just a little too much. In the global fidelity stake, Malaysians are the third most unfaithful.
According to the survey, 33% of Malaysian men admitted that they were unfaithful to their spouses, following their South Korean brothers at 34% and Thai homeys, who are the randiest globally at 54%.
Fourth on the list are Russian men (32%) and Hong Kong males (29%). But it is not just a man thang some 39% of Malaysian women also confessed to infidelity.
No. 19 most peaceful
SOME days, it might seem like there is so much fighting around us (and not just in the political sphere). Thankfully, as the Global Peace Index shows, Malaysia is quite peaceful perched respectably at No. 19, ahead of our neighbours Singapore at 24 and Thailand at 107. This is based on 23 indicators including the level of respect for human rights, level of organised conflict, political instability and access to weapons.
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