JOHOR BARU: Locals feel that tourism will boom in Johor Baru after the city made it into a list of 100 cities with the most number of selfies in the world.
Four Malaysian cities made it to the Time Magazine list with Johor Baru at the 50th position.
The others are Petaling Jaya (5th position), George Town (10th place) and Kuala Lumpur 21st.
The most number of selfies are in Makati City from the Philippines as well as Manhattan, Miami and Anaheim, all in the United States.
Time Magazine has built a database of more than 400,000 Instagram photos tagged “selfie” that included geographic coordinates where in total the magazine had ranked 459 cities worldwide.
Self employed Mohd Amin Razali, 29, said that the research proves that Malaysians especially the younger generation enjoy taking pictures of themselves.
“Selfies are the in-thing right now and lots of people especially in groups like to take picture of themselves and uploaded it on social websites such as Facebook or Twitter.
“As I am from Johor Baru, I am quite proud that my city was ranked in the top 50,” he said.
Music teacher Chong Gwe Ling, 29, said that she likes taking selfies with her students during school field trips.
“The pictures are good memories that I have with my fellow students and I wanted to share it with my friends.
“This is a good promotion for Johor Baru and with the development taking place in the Iskandar Malaysia area, I am sure the city’s rank will jump even further,” she said.
Engineer K. Segatharan, 35, said since the city is now known for its selfie craze, it would help change the negative perception about it.
“Those living outside Johor Baru always connect the city with crime or cleanliness issues but now I hope it will change the mindset,” he said.
Businessman Raja Mohd Faliq Raja Adam, 30, described those taking selfies of themselves as confident people who showed it later to the public via the Internet.
He however questioned the reasons behind Time Magazine’s decision to conduct the research in the first place.
“There are many other topics that could have been researched on besides cities with most selfies,” he said.
Housewife Jeanette Ang, 65, said that she does not understand the meaning of selfie despite seeing her grandchildren doing it.
“Each time we have a family gathering, my grandchildren will be taking pictures of themselves before laughing out loud.
“This is a craze among the younger generation. I will not jump on the selfie bandwagon as I have other things to do,” she said.
Student Nur Aneesa Ahmad Shahril, 17, said that she prefers taking selfies at iconic places in the city centre.
“Johor Baru has a lot of beautiful places such as Dataran Bandaraya, pre-war buildings, or even at some mamak restaurants around here.
“I do believe that with the findings of the magazine’s research, it would only encourage more people to take a selfie of themselves,” she said.
Another student, Muhammad Khairul Muhammad Khaled, 18, said that the result actually surprised him as he thought Johor Baru would be higher than 50th place in the world.
“I always see people taking picture of themselves and even among my Facebook friends, they always upload a selfie of them,” he said.
Office manager S. Ravi, 40, said that selfies is a fun way of releasing stress.
“Taking a funny picture of ourselves is a good way to relieve all the pressure in our life where we be able to laugh at it with our friends,” he said.
Administrative officer Rifhan Zainuddin, 24, said that she likes to take selfies of herself with her friends.
“All over the world people are taking pictures of themselves and even leaders of countries, such as our very own Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak takes selfies of himself,” she said.
Trader Ahmad Sofian, 39, said that the raking of Johor Baru and other cities in Malaysia would boost Malaysia’s name internationally.
“We have four major cities in the country that were ranked in the top 50 out of more than a 100 cities worldwide and it is actually quite an achievement,” he said.