It was a rainy Monday morning when I went to the mamak restaurant nearby my office for my usual roti kosong and nescafe ais. The shop owner accidentally spilled my morning coffee and dhal all over the plastic bag it was contained. I had to wait for another 10 minutes for them to replace my breakfast. To top it all off, I spotted the NST front page screaming that I may have NCD. Can Mondays get any worse?

(Actually I am sure it could.)

Sick nation: Non-communicable diseases affect 11.6m

KUALA LUMPUR: Seven out of 10 Malaysian adults suffer from at least one non-communicable disease like diabetes, hypertension or cancer.
Latest Health Ministry statistics show that 11.6 million of the 16 million adults nationwide are sick with an NCD.

And by all predictions, the numbers are going to get worse.

The ministry is predicting that the number of Malaysians with NCD is expected to increase to 13 million by 2015.

Health Ministry Deputy Disease Control Director (NCD) Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar blam-ed the situation on the lifestyle of Malaysians, which included higher use of tobacco, unhealthy diets and inactivity.

He said changes in the economic, social and demographic aspects of Malaysian life had led to a rise in NCD.