What Malaysians Googled in 2013

By Patricia Hului
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SOME of the results of trending searches on the Google trends list 2013 by Malaysians will leave you pondering, while others have been predictable.

Trending Searches

  1. Lahad Datu
  2. SKMM
  3. Keputusan PRU13
  4. Setia Hujung Nyawa
  5. Gwiyomi
  6. Teduhan Kasih
  7. Malindo Air
  8. WeChat
  9. The Conjuring
  10. Cinta Jannah

The most trending searches in 2013 goes to the small town east of Sabah, Lahad Datu due to the standoff that occurred in February. Our relatively peaceful country was shaken by militants from Southern Philippines claiming their right over Sabah by intruding Lahad Datu first before proceeded to neighbouring towns such as Kunak and Semporna.

The claim was made by a group calling themselves the Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo and  were directed by Jamalul Kiram III, one of the claimants to the throne of the Sultanate of Sulu. Both sides lost lives with total of 64 deaths and nine of it them Malaysian forces.

Part of Budget 2013 was to improve the living standards of the Youth Communication Plan (YCP) and to promote the development of e-commerce. Malaysian citizens ages 21 to 30 years old with monthly salary between RM3000 or less were allowed  RM200 rebate for smartphones.

This led Malaysian youths searching for the unit in charge of YCP, Malaysian Communications Multimedia Commission (SKMM), earning SKMM as the second most trending search in 2013.

Malaysian’s Thirteenth General Election’s results came at third place. Malaysians were on the edge of their seats awaiting the results of the national elections.

Top Searched TV Shows

  1. Upin & Ipin
  2. Running Man
  3. Ultraman
  4. Boboiboy
  5. Adam dan Hawa
  6. Cinta Jahanah
  7. Slugterra
  8. Thendral
  9. Ben 10
  10. Nadhaswaram

Surprisingly, Upin & Ipin was the top searched TV show in 2013. A local cartoon starring a pair of twins with Ipin, the less talkative twin known for his catchphrase, “True, True, True” and Upin who does most of the talking. It is based in a fictional Malaysian village, depicting the life of children in a peaceful multi-racial community.

The Korean wave has made its way even to our TV scene as Running Man was the second top Searched TV programme. It is a new type of variety show where the casts and guests complete missions in a landmark to win the race.

Ultraman still reigns as a childhood hero as the 47-year-old show is still trending in 2013. At number three, the original series of Ultraman was first released in HD transfer of Ultraman on Blu-ray titled, Ultraman HD Remaster 2.0 in July this year.

Top Searched People

  1. Paul Walker
  2. Tegar
  3. Isteri Mat Yo
  4. Sharifah Zohra Jabeen
  5. Nelson Mandela
  6. Jackie Chan
  7. Sultan Sulu
  8. Adam Aidil
  9. Lea Michelle
  10. Gareth Bale

Another interesting result was the most searched people on Google. Paul Walker unexpectedly came on top, defeating all famous trending people in 2013. His death left the Fast and Furious franchise’s fans wandering how the next sequel would continue without him.

Tegar, a 12-year-old Indonesian boy who became a Youtube sensation and on the fast track to stardom came in second while the wife of national footballer Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, also known as Matyo, is the third most searched person in Malaysia. She came under fire after a video of her quarrelling with an elderly security guard went viral on Youtube.

Listen, Sharifah Zohra Jabeen made it to number four most searched people, even beating Nelson Mandela at number five. The controversial speaker was top search after an uploaded video of her preventing a student to speak by repeating the word, “Listen”.

Glee fans all over the world were shocked by the death of Cory Monteith last July but his name is not even in the top 10 list. Instead, Monteith’s girlfriend Lea Michelle made it to number nine. Her tweet on Cory soon after his death scored the highest retweets in 2013, closing to 400 000 retweets!

MOST RETWEETS: According to Twitter, Lea Michele’s tweet after the death of her on and off screen boyfriend Cory Monteith is the most retweets in 2013, close to 400 000 retweets.

Other names on the top most searched people are Jackie Chan at number 6, Sultan Sulu at number 7, Adam Aidil is at the 8th spot and lastly at number 10 is Welsh footballer, Gareth Bale.

Trending Movies

  1. The Conjuring
  2. Despicable Me 2
  3. Pacific Rim
  4. Man of Steel
  5. KL Gangster 2
  6. Iron Man 3
  7. Insidious 2
  8. Highland Tower
  9. Singam 2
  10. After Earth

It was not surprising for The Conjuring place at number 1 most trending movies. After watching the movies, most viewers were left wondering the true story behind the couple, Ed and Lauren Warren, the Annabelle doll and the Perron family.

Despicable 2 outshined the prequel with not just children but adults as well as they went crazy over minions, taking the second place as most trending movie. Hundreds of customers all over Malaysia swarmed over McDonald’s outlets to purchase Happy Meal just to get free Minions toys.

Sitting at the third spot most trending movie 2013 in Malaysia is Pacific Rim, an American science fiction monster film. International movies dominated the top 10 most trending movies with only two local movies namely KL Gangster 2 and Highland Tower. One highly unlikely movie to make in the top 10 list is a Tamil movie, Singam 2.

Local Destinations

  1. Genting Highlands
  2. Langkawi
  3. Gold Coast Morib
  4. Pulau Perhentian
  5. Penang
  6. Pulau Tioman
  7. Port Dickson
  8. Melaka
  9. Kuching
  10. Pulau Redang

The only legal land-based casino in the country, Genting Highlands took the first place as most searched local destinations.  Langkawi, a well-known duty free tourist spot is second whereas one of the most prestigious resorts in Malaysia, Gold Coast Morib made it at number three.

Sarawakians should be proud because Kuching made the 9th place most searched local destinations, beating other well-known cities in Malaysia such as Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.

Trending Songs

  1. Gwiyomi
  2. Harlem Shake
  3. Gangnam Style
  4. Putih Putih Melati
  5. Sandiwara Cinta
  6. Gentleman
  7. Wrecking ball
  8. Aku Yang Dulu
  9. Banana Song
  10. Hanya Aku

Topping the most searched song was not a surprise at all; Gwiyomi. To add to the craze, few competitions from notable companies in Malaysia searching the best video of gwiyomi were held this year.  A phrase which sounds more like an instant noodle brand, gwiyomi really led Malaysians to search what it was all about.

Other top charts include most searched car, fashion brands, GE13 politicians, Malaysian news sites, Malaysian TV series, sport personalities, mobile searches, trending Malaysian celebrities and trending Malaysian Movies.

I am surprised few events did not make it into Google Trend 2013 like Miley Cyrus’s twerking incident in MTV Music Award for example. I guess it is just another story of a young Hollywood starlet gone wild that even Malaysians are tired of hearing.

Besides Hollywood, South Korea’s entertainment industry is making its mark in Malaysia. We have Running Man as one of the most trending TV shows whereas Gwiyomi and Gangnam Style as trendiest songs.


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