What Were Malaysians Searching For In January 2021?

Coming into February, Google Malaysia presents the top 10 trending searches over the past month as searched by Malaysians.

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Here are the top trending searches for January 2021:

#1 Semakan BPN 2021 / BPR Semak / Kemaskini BPR

Malaysians turned online to understand the latest update and their eligibility for the government financial aid scheme, now called Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat (BPR).   

#2 Liverpool vs Man United / Man United vs Watford / Chelsea vs Man. City

Local soccer fans were plugged into the intense action the FA Cup had to offer, with matches from fan favorites Liverpool, Manchester United, Watford, Chelsea, and Manchester City being the most followed. 

#3 Pulau Laki / Sriwijaya Air

Netizens were saddened by the unfortunate crashing of Sriwijaya Air flight SJY182 en route to Pontianak on January 9th and became curious about sightings of an S.O.S seen on Google Maps in the mostly uninhabited Pulau Laki, mistakenly linked to be from passengers of that aircraft. 

#4 Fulham vs Man United / Southampton vs Liverpool / Burnley vs Man United / Liverpool vs Burnley

Loyal followers of the English Premier League were sure not to miss out on some of the fiercest competition as their favorite teams - Fulham, Manchester United, Southampton, Liverpool, and Burnley - went head to head in the season which started September 12th, 2020.

#5 PKP 2.0

Malaysians turned online to understand the SOPs for the tighter movement restrictions, which came into effect on January 13th and aimed at drastically bringing down the number of daily COVID-19 cases.

#6 West Indies vs Bangladesh 

The West Indies tour of Bangladesh 2020/21 served up ample entertainment for local cricket enthusiasts as Bangladesh won by 6 wickets (with 97 balls remaining) in the 1st ODI, 7 wickets (with 100 balls remaining) in the 2nd ODI, and by 120 runs in the 3rd ODI against opponent West Indies. 

#7 Sri Lanka vs England

The England tour of Sri Lanka 2020/21 saw England winning by 7 wickets in the 1st Test and by 6 wickets in the 2nd Test against opponent Sri Lanka, much to the delight of local hardcore fans and followers.  

#8 Toyota Thailand Open 2021

Malaysians’ hopes were high for our very own Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik who put up a good fight before losing to Taiwan’s Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin in the men’s doubles, in the Toyota Thailand Open. 

#9 Pengumuman PM

Malaysians sought to understand the impact of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s announcement of the state of emergency being declared in the country which came into effect on January 11th. 

These are some of the top Google searches for Malaysians in January this year. What will we search for next?

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat