YearStarter 2023: News – What made the headlines in 2022


After days of uncertainty following the 15th General Election, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in as Malaysia's 10th Prime Minister on Nov 24. – Prime Minister's Office

After years of uncertainty due to a global pandemic, 2022 saw a semblance of a return to the old normal. Restrictions and social distancing were lifted, enabling a return to economic and social activities.

But change is a constant, and nowhere was it more sweeping than on the political front where its volatility culminated in a hung parliament after the 15th general elections.

Fortunes too can change drastically, and we witnessed a former prime minister jailed, and a formerly imprisoned deputy prime minister take the helm.

Malaysia was not spared from climate change consequences as flash floods and freak storms wreaked havoc. A tragic landslide claimed the lives of 31 victims at a campsite in Batang Kali in December.

Here’s a look at notable moments throughout 2022.

JANUARY

Jan 19 – National No.1 shuttler Lee Zii Jia resigns from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to become an independent player. Lee was slapped with a two-year ban by the BAM which was later lifted.

Jan 26 - A tornado rips through Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah.

Jan 30 - Another tornado rips through Ipoh, Perak resulting in 100 trees felled and 219 houses damaged.

A tornado in Ipoh saw 219 houses damaged.A tornado in Ipoh saw 219 houses damaged.

FEBRUARY

Feb 11 - The Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) is launched as a political party.

Feb 15 – Sarawak Legislative Assembly passes a Bill to rename the title of the head of the state's executive branch from 'Chief Minister' to 'Premier'.

MARCH

March 12 – Barisan Nasional wins the 15th Johor state elections comfortably by winning 40 of the 56 seats contested.

APRIL

April 1 - Malaysia's international borders reopen as the country transitions towards endemicity.

JUNE

June 16 - Phase 1 of the second MRT line in Klang Valley, known as the MRT Putrajaya Line (SSP Line), is officially launched by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

JULY

July 29 - The Dewan Rakyat passes the anti-party-hoping law with a two-thirds majority

AUGUST

Aug 9 - Apple Pay is launched in Malaysia

Aug 23 - Datuk Seri Najib Razak becomes the first former Prime Minister convicted and jailed after the apex Court upholds his guilty verdict in the SRC International case.

Aug 31 - National Day celebration returns to Dataran Merdeka after two-year hiatus

Datuk Seri Najib Razak became the first former Prime Minister to be convicted and jailed. – Photo: AFPDatuk Seri Najib Razak became the first former Prime Minister to be convicted and jailed. – Photo: AFP

SEPTEMBER

Sept 1 - The High Court sentences Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor to 10 years' jail on each of three corruption charges involving a RM1.25bil hybrid solar project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak. She is appealing.

Sept 7 - Face masks are no longer mandatory indoors.

Sept 21 - Malaysia fully vaccinates 80% of its adult population against Covid-19.

Face masks are no longer mandatory indoors.  - FAIHAN GHANI/The StarFace masks are no longer mandatory indoors. - FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

OCTOBER

Oct 10 - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announces the dissolution of parliament paving the way for the 15th general election.

NOVEMBER

Nov 19 - The 15th general election (GE15) is held. The result is a hung parliament where Pakatan Harapan and Perikatan Nasional won the most number of seats.

Nov 24 - After days of uncertainty, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is sworn in as Malaysia's 10th Prime Minister.

The 15th general election (GE15) was held on No 19. – Photo: AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star.The 15th general election (GE15) was held on No 19. – Photo: AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star.

DECEMBER

Dec 2 - The Unity Government Cabinet is unveiled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Dec 19 - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim breezes through the vote of confidence in parliament, solidifying his status as Malaysia's 10th prime minister.

Dec 15 - A landslide at a camping site in Batang Kali claims 31 lives.

Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel together with K-9 search dogs during the operations at the Father's Organic Farm in Batang Kali landslide. - FAIHAN GHANI/The StarSearch and Rescue (SAR) personnel together with K-9 search dogs during the operations at the Father's Organic Farm in Batang Kali landslide. - FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

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