Monday, 1 April 2013

Malaysia's 10 richest in 2012

According to Forbes rich list, Robert Kuok remains Malaysia's richest person with a fortune of US$12.5 billion (RM39 billion). His holdings include the Shangri-La Hotels, Kerry Properties and the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong's leading English-language newspaper.

The flowing is the list of the top ten. The figures on the leftmost are their respective standing globally:

Malaysia's richest (Top 10 with two of them in the world's 100 richest persons)

Average monthly Malaysian household income hits RM5,000

What is your household income?

If you are earning RM3,500 a month and your wife/husband is earning RM3,000, your household income is RM6,500 and you sits above the national average of RM5,000 in 2012.

Perlis, Terengganu and Sabah are among the low-income state. Source: The Green Mechanics

Monthly household income: RM5,000

The 2012 Household Income Survey found the average monthly income of Malaysian households rising from RM4,025 in 2009 to RM5,000 in 2012, an increase of 7.2% annually.

In announcing the statistics here today, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said the urban household monthly income increased at a rate of 6.6% a year from RM4,705 in 2009 to RM5,742 last year, while the rural household monthly income rose 6.4% annually from RM2,545 to RM3,080.

"The significant income rise was achieved with the federal government's efforts in ensuring continuous, stable and strong growth in the economy. The impact was via widespread increase in economic opportunities which generated employment with business and industrial development in various economic sectors," he said.

Nor Mohamed said all states also recorded better average monthly household incomes with Kuala Lumpur leading with the highest growth of 14.9% from RM5,488 to RM8,586.

He said this was followed by Labuan with 12% from RM4,407 to RM6,317, Perlis with 10.1% from RM2,617 to RM3,538, Terengganu 9.1% from RM3,017 to RM3,967, and Negeri Sembilan and Sabah from RM3,540 to RM4,576 and from RM3,102 to RM4,013 respectively. On the ethnic breakdown, Indians recorded the highest increase in monthly household income at 9% from RM3,999 to RM5,233, followed by the Chinese at 8% from RM5,011 to RM6,366 and Bumiputeras, 6.9% from RM3,624 to RM4,457.

There was also a significant reduction in the overall incidence of poverty from 3.8% in 2009 to 1.7% last year, with the total number of household poor plunging 52.7% from 228,400 to 108,000 in the same period.

He said the overall incidence of poverty in the urban areas contracted from 1.7% to 1% while the rural area rate was slashed to 3.4% from 8.4%.

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Caution: US dentist put 7,000 patients at risk of HIV, other diseases

Wow, this is alarming! Making me feel paranoid.

Now I will be very careful when visiting the dentist - there are many private practitioners around town.

CHICAGO: A dirty dentist placed 7,000 patients at risk of contracting HIV and other infectious diseases after failing to properly sterilize equipment at his Oklahoma practice, health officials warned Thursday.

Officials do not yet know if any patients were infected but urged everyone who had ever been treated at the Tulsa oral surgery practice to be tested at a free clinic.

"We do not know how long these improper practices have been occurring, so we recommend that all patients of Dr. (Scott) Harrington's be tested for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV," the Oklahoma health department said in a statement.

"It should be noted that transmission in this type of occupational setting is rare."

Inspectors discovered a host of problems with the Tulsa dental practice earlier this month and Harrington voluntarily shut his doors until the investigation is complete.

In addition to the rusty equipment, inspectors also found expired drugs - including a vial that should have been thrown out in 1993 - and a host of other violations, the Tulsa World reported --AFP