Tweet apologising to Upin and Ipin and letter from Health DG among most popular on Twitter in Malaysia

A tweet of Fizi apologising to Upin and Ipin was retweeted more than 100,000 times and got 159,000 likes. — YouTube screengrab

A post by Les Copaque Production depicting one of its animated characters saying sorry is the most retweeted and liked tweet of the year in Malaysia.

The tweet, posted in June, was retweeted more than 100,000 times and has received 159,000 likes. It features a clip of character Fizi tearfully apologising to Upin and Ipin for an insensitive remark made in a Ramadan-themed episode.

"Upin and Ipin fans loved it, and their reactions varied – some replied to comfort Fizi, others retweeted to spread Fizi’s message and his apology, and others simply liked the tweet to show their appreciation. In total, this was the most retweeted and liked tweet of the year, and Malaysians appreciated it," Twitter said in a statement.

The second most engaged tweet was from user Iman (@imancullen_) who shared a letter his younger sister received from Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah after she wrote to him. The tweet which was posted in April landed more than 78,000 retweets and over 90,000 likes.

Dr Noor Hisham's own tweet, reprimanding Malaysians for not observing standard operating procedures (SOPs) during the Covid-19 pandemic came in third with over 76,000 retweets and likes.

"Dr. Hisham’s admonishment of Malaysians for not following official guidance was widely retweeted as Malaysians helped to spread his words to others," Twitter said.

A snippet of a speech by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, tweeted by user @pzullicious, which said the PM knows what people are up to at home, as he had joked about men wearing 'baju kelawar' was also popular. Posted in April, it was retweeted more than 68,000 times and got 58,000 likes.

In its compilation, Twitter said it only featured one tweet per account and did not consider posts that offered rewards in exchange for followers or retweets.

In terms of hashtags, #covid19 was the most popular in Malaysia. It and other variations were tweeted nearly 400 million times globally. Other popular hashtags include #dudukrumah, #kitajagakita, #jomkita and #spm2019.

"From stating the simple fact of what affected everything this year (#covid19) to the various ways that Malaysians dealt with the new normal as they shifted over time (#dudukrumah, #kitajagakita and #jomkita), hashtags reflected what Malaysians were thinking about and how they were coping with everything going on." it said.

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