Politics, sports, gaming and K-pop.
These were Malaysia’s most tweeted-about topics this year, according to data compiled by Twitter and shared with Business Insider.
#GE14 was the country’s most popular hashtag, and Malaysian Prime minister Mahathir Mohamad’s tweet about his first day back in office was the most-liked tweet of 2018.
First day on the job… once again. pic.twitter.com/Oxe3E8OEuU
— Dr Mahathir Mohamad (@chedetofficial) May 11, 2018
Many of the comments referenced his age. At 92 years old, Mahathir broke records to become the world’s oldest Prime Minister.
My best wishes Tun… pic.twitter.com/d2qXGMdh9h
— Satia Krishnan (@Satia1987) May 11, 2018
“Yes yes I’m still alive” 😂😂😂
— Fad❤ (@itssfaddd) May 11, 2018
I admire your strength and determination to start immediately on the job. I am 44 but am shy to even compare my will and energy to a 92 years old PM that is now admired the world over.
— TheNewMalaysian (@Santamoney) May 11, 2018
The most retweeted tweet was a funny video uploaded by Twitter user @azimdisini of a boy on a bicycle who was being chased by stray dogs. The boy then got off the bike and ran toward the dogs, causing them to turn tail in fear. It was captioned: “Look at the courage of young people today.”
Mari kita saksikan keberanian anak muda masa kini. pic.twitter.com/8s7TcGU9fO
— chakalaka (@azimdisini) September 28, 2018
Many people found the turn of events hilarious.
HAHAHAHAHA GANGSTER KOOO 😂
— amoyyya_ (@amoymimiey) September 28, 2018
I wish i was as brave as this kid in my bachpan
— berozgaar (@WailaSurgeon) September 29, 2018
Twitter also revealed this year’s five most popular hashtags:
The momentous election that toppled years of BN rule and catapulted Dr Mahathir Mohamad back into power was, of course, the most talked-about event in Malaysia this year.
#GE14 tweets mostly centred around how the elections, and the transfer of power, was peacefully done – a fact which pleasantly surprised many Malaysians.
Malaysians who voted in #GE14 are among the few throughout history who not only toppled a cruel and corrupt regime but also did it peacefully.
We should be proud and own it.
Tomorrow, we celebrate our second Independence Day.
May we never go back to the Dark Ages again.
— Dr Jason Leong (@DrJasonLeong) August 30, 2018
2. The events that led up to and since #GE14 have few parallels in history. A kleptocracy was peacefully voted out of power against all odds. Msians overcame electoral fraud, restricted media, abuse of power, murders, etc to get here. It isn’t possible without fortitude.
— Pete Teo (@PeteTeo) May 25, 2018
During the 1.5-week campaigning period, there were over 7.3 million Tweets, Twitter said. It added that #GE14 was also the fifth most tweeted about political event across APAC in 2018.
The no. of women MPs apptd spectacularly fails to reflect the leadership & visibility many of us showed up supported & voted for during #GE14.
— jacsmk ✊🏾 (@jhybe) July 2, 2018
In second place were tweets with the hashtag #AWANInews – the hashtag of local television news channel Astro AWANI.
This placing was mostly thanks to the volume of tweets from the channel itself. Others were from the public, providing news tip offs or responding to news reports.
With football arguably the most popular sport in Malaysia, it’s no surprise the World Cup ranked high on Twitter as well.
All the best Team Malaysia 🇲🇾 for our 3rd Match at the Odisha World Cup against Germany 🇩🇪 today at 7.30pm !!! pic.twitter.com/1wR9HHGPCY
— Dr Shamala (@drshamala) December 9, 2018
Multi-player online game Rules of Survival was another popular hashtag, with a large number of tweets praising Malaysian players’ performance in post-game rankings.
Starstruck K-pop fans rounded out the top 5 when popular boyband EXO visited Malaysia as part of their fourth concert tour, titled “The Elyxion”.
Many tweets were videos of the concert – both live, as well as #throwbacks.
— • ● H I A T U S ● • (@kim_qira) December 5, 2018