What Malaysians Googled in 2015
By Patricia Hului
2015 has ended and it is that time when some of us will be making the mistaking of writing down the wrong year.
As we slowly adjust our nervous system to write 2016 instead of 2015, let us look back on what last year brought us to seek answers from Google.
Google Trends is a public web facility based on Google Search showing how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world and in various language.
Some might be surprised that #2Kerja, GST-free fried rice and 1MDB movies were nowhere seen on the lists.
1. HRMIS 2
2. BR1M 2015
4. Maharaja Lawak Mega
5. Fast &Furious 7
6. Hati Perempuan
7. 1 USD to MYR
8. WhatsApp Web
10. Bersih 4.0
The Malaysian civil service conquered the internet by making HRMIS 2.0 the number one most searched item in 2015.
HRMIS 2.0 is the Public Service Department’s Human Resources Management Information System (HRMIS).
It was an e-government project to provide an outlet for government servants to perform human resource functions efficiently.
HRMIS was not only meant for record-keeping but also to provide other functions such as leave applications, loan processing, competency management, recruitment and selection of employees.
Another government-related search came in second, BR1M 2015.
BR1M (1Malaysia People’s Aid) scheme was devised by the current prime minister to help lower-income Malaysians.
At the the third spot is How-Old.net; a site using facial recognition software and machine learning to guess your age.
This famous site making wave on the internet left people amazed, flattered and some even devastated.
WhatsApp.web is another site made it to the most trending searches.
The desktop edition of the popular messaging service WhatsApp was launched in January 2015.
1. Lee Kuan Yew
2. Paul Walker
3. Najib Razak
4. Mia Ahmad
5. Kevin Morais
6. Farah Ann Abdul Hadi
7. Diana Danielle
8. Caitlyn Jenner
9. Alexandra Daddario
10. John Cena
The death of the first Prime Minister of Singapore on Mar 23 this year led him to become the most searched person for Malaysians.
Back in 2013, Paul Walker was on top of the list as most searched people in the country due to his untimely death.
This year his name came in second following the release of Furious 7, Walker’s final film appearance.
Perhaps not so surprisingly, our very own Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak emerged third place on the list.
1. Fast & Furious
2. Jurassic World
3. Polis Evo
4. Fifty Shades of Grey
5. Avengers Age of Ultron
6. San Andreas
9. Ant Man
10. Terminator Genisys
Going through the list of most trending movies in 2015, one stood out among the rest.
Polis Evo, an action film directed by Ghaz Abu Bakar and starring Sam Shaheizy and Zizan Razak was the only Malaysian movie made into the trending list.
The film tells the story of two policemen Inspector Khai (Shaheizy) and Inspector Sani (Zizan) whose differing personalities come together trying to bring down a drug trafficking syndicate.
Opened in cinema Sep 17, the film became Malaysian highest grossing movie in 2015 raising up to RM17.3 million.
Trending News Searches
2. Paris Attacks
4. Bajet 2016
7. Nepal Earthquake
9. Sabah Earthquake
Thanks to Google, latest news are clicks away from readers no matter where they are, so long as they have internet connection.
The most trending news searches in 2015 was the aviation tragedy of AirAsia Indonesia Flight 8501 or QZ8501.
On Dec 28, 2014 the plane crashed into the Java sea killing all 155 passengers and seven crew members on board.
On Jan 3, search-and-rescue teams spotted the wreckage. The search for bodies ended in March last year with 113 bodies recovered out of 163 victims.
Another flight tragedy, MH370 was still trending even a year it went missing on Mar 8, 2014.
Last year on July 29, a two-metre-piece of wreckage washed on the shore of La Reunion, French Ocean island.
A few weeks later in early August, Najib announced that the experts gathered in the French city of Toulouse had “conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370.”
Two events which were closer to our Bornean home made it to the list; Sabah earthquake (ninth) and the haze (tenth).
The Sabah earthquake, the strongest to affect Malaysia since 1976, struck Ranau with a magnitude of 6.0 on June 5.
Eighteen people lost their live on Mount Kinabalu and altogether 187 climbers were affected with most of them from Malaysia and Singapore.
Four Sabahan mountain guides died while protecting climbers including Robbi Sapinggi, Valerian Joannes, Ricky Masirin and Joseph Solungin.
Meanwhile the 2015 Southeast Asian haze was an air pollution crisis affecting us here in Malaysia and our neighbouring countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, southern Thailand and Vietnam as well as the Philippines.
The haze triggered so much reaction from Malaysia that we responded in our usual humorous manner, through memes.
Twitter users made a parody of Indonesia’s patriotic online catchphrase #TerimaKasihIndonesia (Thank you Indonesia) by giving their own twist on the hashtags.
Things to Look Out For in 2016
Now, putting our past behind, let us look forward to more Google searches in 2016.
Movie geeks would agree that 2016 will be an exciting year as movies such as Deadpool, X-Men Apocalypse, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ghostbusters and Captain America: Civil Wars will open in cinemas this year.
Forbes listed three things to look out for in 2016; new era to fight cancer, more searches for a battery that can power up the 21st century and open-sourcing artificial intelligence.
Coming down to Sarawak, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem had hinted at the state election during New Year’s countdown at Tun Sallahuddin Bridge in ‘three months’ time.
So here’s to better, merrier and – fingers crossed – less tragedies in 2016.