Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Malaysia: 17th Richest Country in the World

This is a screenshot from the CIA website ranking the current account balance of 163 countries. Malaysia ranks #17 while Singapore ranks #10 (with double the cash in the kitty)... and China tops the chart, closely followed by Japan!


GUESS WHICH COUNTRY RANKS LOWEST WITH A DEFICIT BUDGET OF -$862,300,000,000?

Click here to view original chart!

10 comments:

Wahlau.NET said...

wow..did you see united states...this figure is not correct. It does not state how much money is invested overseas. Most probably, it owns a big portion of China as well

Antares said...

I can't vouch for the CIA's intelligence, wahlau.net... but considering that the Jewish banking families, working through the Federal Reserve since 1913, have privatized 99% of America's vast wealth, this leaves absolutely nothing - minus $862,300,000,000 - in the national account! So, while individuals and private corporations may still be hoarding mind-boggling amounts of reserves in numbered and offshore accounts... in financial terms, Mr John Doe, USA, is pretty much a Dead Duck.

Johari said...

Yes I agree. The list just shows the government's account balance, not the citizen's personal wealth. It also does not take into account current assets like property, battleships, satellites, does it?

Who still has the most number of billionaires? The US, even though they're last on the list. Can the US afford to spend US$1 billion/day in Iraq? Well they don't seem to be sweating about it. Can Malaysia, even though it's 17th, afford it? No fracking way in heck. (But that will not stop people like Najib from using the list to say, "Look, rakyat! We are doing well! So who says our economy is weak? So give politicians more money! Oh, you're suffering day to day on your Kancil payments? Who cares?"

Look at huge listed companies as well. Everyone knows they are doing well, but yet some of these companies have a negative bank balance (through borrowings etc).

Antares said...

I used to brag that I was a lot richer than Halim Saad - because my bank account was in the black and his in the red. But I eventually realized the business world is such that banks would rather deal with someone whose net worth is MINUS 800 million than with someone whose net worth is PLUS 800 ringgit! Even so, make me Finance Minister and I'd probably write off all debts and abolish the Ah Long scam once and for all - whether the Ah Longs are called Kow Kia @ Tai Law Yow... or J.P. Morgan :-)

johari said...

Haha, that's a funny observation about "legal" lenders like venture capitalists. Yes they do earn a lot from their clients (hence the marbled buildings and humongous expense accounts).

But just to clarify (to other readers, I suppose), the banks sees Halim probably as having assets & cash flows in excess of RM800 million, even though his liabilities total RM800 million.

That is, the businesses & properties that he owns, and his income are probably worth more than RM800 million. I would have no qualms as well to lend someone RM800 million if he has a company worth RM10 billion, or if his annual income is RM1 billion. So this is an easier way of looking at it. (Of course, this ignores the situation where Halim Saad is just fleecing the bank, ahahahaha)

Stephen J. Hall said...

However, the quality of life in New Zealand is still better than many countries ranked above it here. Note the number of oil, diamond and tropical hardwood producers in the top 30. Statisticans are currently agreeing on an environmental indicator other than carbon emissions as a benchmark, according to the Economist which has the least interest in such things. China will top the list for sure and the bottom fascist player will be up there too.
As for mid-field players like Tuvalu their long term prospects - given that the highest point on the islands is 10 metres - are not great. Now look at the PPP figures, doctors per person and educational provisions and wonder where Malaysian money really is - well you know, Cheers

Antares said...

Which just goes to show... the Economy is all a big joke, folks. You may laugh your head off.

Chienne said...

blah, all that money and nowhere to be seen. LOL.

oh yeah, was checking on links left on my wordpress blog when i needed a hiatus, and found your comment, so decided to drop by 'cause i was bored. =)

Anonymous said...

Let's all wave the flag but the usual measure of wealth are GDP and GDP per capita. The US GDP is about 100 times Malaysia's, and GDP per capita makes Malaysia the 63rd richest country in the world. Btw, the current account deficit is not the same as budget deficit either.

Anonymous said...

Eh, Sor Chai... gong siu nay um meng pak ah? Duh.... stoopid phooking gringo, the only flag I would ever wave is the checkered flag
at the finish line - no skull and crossbones for me!