Politics always sets tongues wagging, and Malaysia is no exception.
Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali was evidently a hot topic, in 2019, according to Google’s top trending search rankings for the year.
Released on Wednesday (Dec 11), the minister was Malaysians’ second-most Googled person over the past 12 months.
Earlier in the year, the 55-year-old was embroiled in a gay sex video scandal that stirred much controversy in the country, even leading to a public spat between him and prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim.
More recently, the Pakatan Harapan deputy president was involved in a bitter feud with Anwar that saw him being labelled as a traitor by his own coalition, The Straits Times reported.
Haziq Aziz, who confessed to being in the video and pointed the accusing finger at Azmin, was also one of the most searched people in Malaysia, at 9th place.
However, even with the events surrounding Azmin, it was Indonesian celebrity Vanessa Angel who took the top spot this year.
Earlier in June, Bernama reported that the actress was sentenced to five months in jail for involvement in online prostitution, offering sex for up to 80 million rupiah (RM23,690) per “service”.
Third on the list is Malaysian-British actress Emma Maembong, after some of her life choices – such as going to a nightclub without a hijab – became heavily talked about by fans and critics, Google said.
Next on the list is Malaysian-based Singaporean singer Aliff Aziz, who dominated local showbiz headlines for issues ranging from his high profile divorce to alleged theft, and more recently a drunken brawl in Singapore.
Rounding out the top five list is former South Korean TV personality Jung Joon Young, who made global headlines for alleged illicit sexual misconducts, which he was eventually jailed for in November.
Here are the top 10 most Googled people in Malaysia this year:
- Vanessa Angel
- Azmin Ali
- Emma Maembong
- Aliff Aziz
- Jung Joon Young
- Ben Amir
- Jacqueline Wong
- Haziq Aziz
- Abu Sufyan
As for the general top searches for Malaysia in 2019, they are:
- Earth Day Quiz
- Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH)
- Copa America 2019
- Air Pollutant Index of Malaysia (APIMS)
- Islamic Prayer Times
- Captain Marvel
- Avengers Endgame
- Perodua Aruz
- ‘My loyalty has its limits’, Azmin says after investigation results, while Anwar claims the pair are ‘still a team’
- ‘Please reflect on his own face’: Azmin hits back at Anwar for saying he should resign if he is identified in sex tapes
- Political party leader paid ‘hundreds of thousands of ringgit’ to make sex video implicating Azmin, Malaysian police say