2012 Malaysia’s Top Trending Searches

Happy New Year to all our ALT fans! 2012 is over, so we thought it’d be fun to review what Malaysians Googled most this past year…

In the overall trending searches, the appearance of “SAPS” and “SPLG” shows that education is a big concern for parents, students, and teachers in our country. When it comes to the most popular athletes, the number one spot no longer goes to international players but rather our very own Datuk Lee Chong Wei. In 2012, the public followed not only the news of his sporting events, but his wedding activities as well. His wedding was even broadcast live on NTV7, equivalent in importance to that of the royal couple William and Kate. Beautifulnara, Roti Kaya, and Oh Bulan were the top trending gossip community portals. On a darker note, the deaths of Whitney Houston and Amanda Todd also became some of the most highly searched news.

We found below statistics from Google. (Note trending search is limit to certain period)

Overall Trending Searches
1. SAPS – Sistem Analisis Peperiksaan Sekolah
2. Gangnam Style – K-Pop, see youtube video
3. 9GAG – Photo sharing community portal http://9gag.com/
4. Proton Preve – Local automotive http://www.proton.com.my/
5. Zalora – Local online shopping http://www.zalora.com.my/
6. Zerg Rush – Part of the popular Starcraft game (type “Zerg Rush” in Google to see the special effects)
7. Rotikaya – Local entertainment and gossip portal http://www.rotikaya.com/
8. Adam Dan Hawa – Video drama
9. SPLG – Sistem Pengurusan Latihan Guru
10. Bersih 3.0 – A demonstration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia held on 28 April 2012

Trending People
1. Whitney Houston – American artist who passed away on February 11, 2012
2. Jeremy Lin – Professional National Basketball Association (NBA) player
3. Shila Amzah – Malaysian singer and 2012 champion of the inaugural season of the Chinese television show Asian Wave
4. Izwan Pilus – Local artist  famous for the songs ‘Kembali Senyum’ dan ‘Indah Lelapku’, who passed away on 21 Januari 2012
5. Uncle Seekers – Blog  that focuses on BN news
6. Ustaz Azhar Idrus – Independent speaker from Terengganu, Malaysia
7. Adele – English singer
8. Sheila Marcia – Indonesian actress
9. One Direction – English-Irish pop boy band based in London
10. Amanda Todd – The video of her experience being bullied went viral after her death, see youtube video

Trending Songs
1. Oppa Gangnam Style – PSY
2. Anak Kampung – Jimmy Palikat & One
3. Sudah Cukup Sudah – Nirwana Band
4. Untuk Dia – Sleeq & Najwa Latif
5. Payphone – Maroon 5
6. Kosong – Najwa Latif
7. Aku Suka Dia – Ainan Tasneem
8. Ombak Rindu – Hafiz & Adira
9. Muara Hati – Hafiz & Ct Nurhaliza
10. Cinta Muka Buku – Najwa Latif

Trending TV Shows
1. Upin dan Ipin
2. Boboiboy
3. Ultraman
4. Running Man
5. Adam Dan Hawa
6. Tom And Jerry
7. Ben 10
8. Money Drop
9. Power Rangers
10. Doraemon

Athletes
1. Lee Chong Wei – Badminton
2. Jeremy Lin – Basketball
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – Football
4. Lionel Messi – Football
5. Robin Van Persie – Football
6. Lin Dan – Badminton
7. Roger Federer – Tennis
8. Maria Sharapova – Tennis
9. Usain Bolt – “Fastest person in the world”, first man to hold both the 100 metre and 200 metre world records
10. Fernando Torres – Football

Sports Teams / Clubs
1. Arsenal – English Premier League football club
2. Manchester United – English Premier League football club
3. Liverpool – English Premier League football club
4. Chelsea – English Premier League football club
5. Real Madrid – La Liga Spanish football club
6. Manchester City – English Premier League football club
7. Barcelona – La Liga Spanish football club
8. QPR – English Premier League football club
9. Kelantan – Local football club
10. Tottenham Hotspur – English Premier League football club

What is…? (Many people like to search with “what is”)
1. What is Gangnam
2. What is SOPA
3. What is Yolo
4. What is Lynas
5. What is Instagram
6. What is swag
7. What is love
8. What is Internet
9. What is VPN
10. What is Android

Travel Destinations
1. Legoland Malaysia
2. Sunway Lagoon
3. Langkawi
4. Cameron Highland
5. Universal Studios Singapore
6. Kuala Lumpur
7. Genting Highland
8. Singapore
9. Penang
10. Melaka

Image Searches (Seasonal greeting images have become hot searches as users look for e-cards)
1. Morning
2. Happy Birthday
3. Birthday Cake
4. Love Quotes
5. Roses
6. Birthday Wishes
7. Malaysia
8. Love
9. Cartoon
10. Background

Food & Drinks
1. Coffee
2. Pizza Hut
3. KFC
4. Dominos
5. Mcdonald’S
6. Chatime
7. Secret Recipe
8. Starbucks
9. Pretzel
10. Jack And Jill

Fashion Labels
1. Coach
2. Louis Vuitton
3. Gucci
4. Burberry
5. Longchamp
6. Prada
7. Chanel
8. Zara
9. Adidas
10. Victoria’S Secret

Smartphones (Samsung and Apple devices monopolized the mobile market)
1. Samsung Galaxy S3
2. iPad 3
3. iPad Mini
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
5. iPhone 4S
6. HTC One X
7. Samsung Galaxy Y
8. Samsung Galaxy Ace
9. Samsung Galaxy S2
10. Samsung Galaxy W

Car Models 
1. Nissan Almera
2. Toyota 86
3. Proton Prevé
4. Hyundai Elantra
5. Mitsubishi Mirage
6. Toyota Prius C
7. Mazda Cx5
8. Toyota Avanza
9. Honda Civic
10. Proton Exora Bold

Blogs
1. Beautifulnara – Gossip and entertainment news http://beautifulnara.com/
2. Rotikaya – Gossip and entertainment news http://www.rotikaya.com/
3. Oh Bulan – Gossip and entertainment news http://www.ohbulan.com/
4. Papagomo – Political news http://www.papagomo.com/
5. Blog Serius – Entertainment news http://blogserius.blogspot.com/
6. Malaysia Chronicle – Political news www.malaysia-chronicle.com/
7. Paultan – Automotive news http://paultan.org/
8. Anak Sungai Derhaka – Political news http://darisungaiderhaka.blogspot.com/
9. Kari Ngeri – Scary photos and videos http://www.kari-ngeri.com/
10. Media Malaya – Gossip and entertainment news http://mediamalaya.com/

Worldwide Trending Searches
1. Whitney Houston
2. Gangnam Style
3. Hurricane Sandy
4. iPad 3
5. Diablo 3
6. Kate Middleton
7. Olympics 2012
8. Amanda Todd
9. Michael Clarke Duncan
10. BBB12