There is no predicting what will happen in 2016, but here are some of the events slated for this year.
Johor and Kelantan ban vape
The debate on the legality of vaping over the past few months came to a head with some states talking about banning vape liquids and products.
In December, the National Fatwa Council declared the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping as haram for Muslims.
Starting 2016, vape shops in Johor and Kelantan will be forced to close after these state governments banned vape-related businesses.
1MDB final report
The Auditor-General’s final report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is expected to be presented to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
It was scheduled to be presented to the PAC last December but was deferred as the National Audit Department had to update some of the information in the report. The report comes about after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak directed the Auditor-General to carry out an audit of 1MDB with its findings tabled in Parliament in March 2015.
Ampang line extension completed
The LRT extension project is expected to fully operate with 12 stations, linking Sri Petaling onwards to Kinrara and ending at Putra Heights.
The 18.1km extension, which is part of a RM10bil plan to expand Kuala Lumpur’s public transport network, is expected to help to alleviate traffic especially in the busy suburb of Puchong. There will be an interchange at the Putra Heights terminal which links to the Kelana Jaya Line.
Debates on TPPA
Parliament will sit for the first time in the year with important debates on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and the Child Act (Amendment) bill.
It only requires a simply majority for these bills to be passed.
The TPPA which allows for “free trade” among 12 participating countries, is expected to take effect some time in early 2018.
The Child (Amendment) Bill, meant to tweak the Child Act 2001, will allow for better protection and will replace the Coordinating Council for the Protection of Children with the National Council for Children.
Sarawak state election
All bets are on the state election taking place with Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem looking to lead Barisan Nasional for the first time.
Since assuming office as the fifth Chief Minister replacing Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud in February 2014, Adenan has proven immensely popular and is expected to be a significant influence in drawing votes for Barisan with his no-nonsense and outspoken approach. The elections are expected to take place before the state assembly automatically dissolves on June 20.
Kelana Jaya extension
The Kelana Jaya line extension which covers 13 stations from Kelana Jaya to Subang and ending at Putra Heights is expected to be completed. The line will have stations in popular residential areas such as Ara Damansara, Glenmarie and Subang Jaya.
Theme park opens
Resorts World Genting will open its doors to the much anticipated 20th Century Fox World outdoor theme park. It will feature characters, rides and activities centred around 20th Century Fox’s most popular and loved movies, from Epic and Rio to Planet of the Apes and Alien vs Predator.
The Sky Avenue and Sky Plaza shopping malls and a second cable car station will also be introduced with the theme park.
Final attempt at Olympic gold
Datuk Lee Chong Wei will be going all out to claim Malaysia’s first ever gold medal at the Olympics in Rio, Brazil.
It will be the final attempt for the shuttler who won two silver medals in the last two Olympic games.
Lately, Lee has been on fire, winning three straight Superseries titles – French Open, China Open and Hong Kong Open.
So, here’s hoping he keeps his formidable form all the way to Rio!
F1 Grand Prix
The Malaysia Grand Prix will be held at the Sepang International Circuit, for the 18th year.
With the practice rounds on Sept 30, qualifying on Oct 1 and race day on Oct 2, fans can expect a thrilling event at the Malaysian chapter of the F1 calendar, which will feature a record 21 races worldwide.
U2 in Malaysia
Irish rock band U2 is slated to rock out Stadium Merdeka at the end of 2016.
Although the exact date is yet to be confirmed, this phenomenal band is expected to perform some time in November or early December. Organisers are predicting a crowd of some 30,000 fans from Malaysia and around the region.