World Cup, EC and Najib top Google searches by Malaysians in 2018

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  • Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

PETALING JAYA: What are among the top searches made by Malaysians on Google this year?

Among them are: the World Cup, the Election Commission, TV series Lafazkan Kalimah Cintamu, BR1M (1Malaysia People’s Aid) payments and former Prime Minster Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic).

According to Google Trends, these search terms were in the Top 10 searches in Malaysia - 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th place, respectively. 

Both Najib and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad took the top two spots in the Top 10 most searched persons by Malaysians on Google in 2018. 

The others include Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (3rd place), Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (4th), and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Merkle (5th).

Google Trends noted that these lists are "based on the search terms that had the highest spike this year as compared with last year". 

Aside from Top Searched terms and People, Google Trends also listed down the Top 10 News and Events, Top 10 films, Top 10 Music, and Top 10 TV searches for the year. 

In the News and Events category, the 14th General Elections, Momo Challenge, Icerd and Lion Air took the top four searches. 

For the film category, top searches include Black Panther, The Nun, Venom, and Avengers Infinity War

The annoying earworm for kids Baby Shark by Pinkfong made it to the top search category for music, followed by Perfect by Ed Sheeran and Datuk Aliff Syukri’s Bobo Dimana

In the TV category, the Top Three searches are TV series Lafazkan Kalimah Cintamu, ? ? ?? (Story of Yanxi Palace), and Kekasih Paksa Rela

Google Trends also featured a YouTube video, “Google - Year in Search 2018”. 

The two minute video started with “In 2018, more than ever, the world searched for good…” and it features a variety of videos of world events which unfolded in 2018.

Below are the full list of search results.

What's Trending in Malaysia (2018)

SEARCHES (overall)
1) World Cup
2) SPR
3) Astro Awani
4) Lafazkan Kalimah Cintamu
5) ? ? ?? (Story of Yanxi Palace)
6) BR1M
7) Kekasih Paksa Rela
8) Najib
9) Jangan Benci Cintaku
10) Mahathir

1) Najib Razak
2) Mahathir Mohamad
3) Syed Saddiq
4) Rosmah Mansor
5) Meghan Markle
6) Anwar Ibrahim
7) Mat Sabu
8) Farid Kamil
9) Alexis Sanchez
10) Nurul Izzah

1) PRU 14
2) Momo Challenge
4) Lion Air
5) 11.11 Sale
6) BR1M
7) Thai cave rescue
8) Budget 2019
9) Matta Fair
10) SST

1) Black Panther
2) The Nun
3) Venom
4) Avengers Infinity War
5) The Meg
6) Deadpool 2
7) Hantu Kak Limah
8) Rampage
9) A Quiet Place
10) Jurassic World

1) Baby Shark (Pinkfong)
2) Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
3) Bobo Dimana (Aliff Syukri)
4) Di Matamu (Sufian Suhaimi)
5) Lagi Syantik (Siti Badriah)
6) You Are The Reason (Calum Scott)
7) Havana (Camila Cabelo)
8) Thank U, Next (Ariana Grande)
9) Hikayat Benladin (Ben Ladin)
10) Anta Permana (Siti Nurhaliza)

1) Lafazkan Kalimah Cintamu
2) ? ? ?? (Story of Yanxi Palace)
3) Kekasih Paksa Rela
4) Jangan Benci Cintaku
5) Bigg Boss Tamil
6) Tiada Arah Jodoh Kita
7) Tak Ada Cinta Sepertimu
8) Isteri Untuk Diiktiraf
9) Mr Grey
10) Rahsia Hati Perempuan


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