Today I came across Yahoo's Top Searches for 2008.
According to the link Yahoo's Top Searches for 2008 for Malaysia are as below.
• Anwar Ibrahim
• Pakatan Rakyat
• Lee Chong Wei
• Siti Nurhaliza
• Selamat Pagi Cinta
• Vanessa Hudgens
• Resepi Kuih
• Josef Fritzl
The first 2 are very related to Politics, with the 3rd item (RPK) also closely related to the same scene. This could mainly be due to the recent elections and still heated politics going on.
The 4th, Lee Chong Wei is interesting. He is a badminton player. Eventhough badminton is a favourite Malaysian sport, I am surprised to see a specific player searched upon so highly. Is there a huge female following who search for Lee Chong Wei??
5th is Siti Nurhaliza, I'd be in the assumption her search rate would have dropped compared to 2007.I can't seem to be able to find a similar summary for Year 2007. Still getting 5th spot in 2008 after marriage and low visibility is impressive for the least.
Selamat Pagi Cinta is a Malay Movie, this one I can't comment much since the last Malay movie I saw was Cicak Man 1, which by the way was pretty good.
Vanessa Hudgens - She is one of the stars in Disney's High School Musical. Recently gone thru some major publicity I believe.
Coming in on 8th is Resepi Kuih. Looks like Malaysians are true to their love for food. I too love Malay kuih, especially for evening drinks (minum petang).
Josef Fritzl is 9th, this one I'd rather not comment much.
And last is Pontianak, a Malay version of a Vampire. There's a movie related to this and this could be possibly why people search for Pontianak. Good thing we can say Malaysians are more interested in Vanessa Hudgens pictures than that of a Pontianak.
So to summarize, Malaysians have a wide appetite, from politics to actress to movies and food.
Now compare this to what per Yahoo, Singaporeans searched for most in 2008
• Mas Selamat Kastari
• Lo Hwei Yen
• Edison Chen
• F1 Singapore
• Beijing Olympics
• Dawn Yang
Now look at what USA searched for most