What Were Malaysians Searching For On Google In October?

Have you ever wondered what Malaysians are Googling for in their spare time? Especially now that the conditional movement control order (CMCO) is re-implemented in some states in Malaysia?

As we move into the month of November, here are the top trending searches over the past month, as searched by Malaysians: 

1. Benedict Sandin

what were malaysians searching for on google in october?Photo via New Straits Times

Google’s Doodle honoring late ethnographer and Iban folklorist Benedict Sandin on October 18, spurred netizen’s curiosity into his life and work. 

2. Everton vs Liverpool / Aston Villa vs Liverpool / Man United vs Tottenham / Newcastle vs Man United

what were malaysians searching for on google in october?Photo via ESPN.com

The Premier League drew in its loyal followers, with special interest in some of the most exciting ongoing matches of the 2020-21 season. 

3. PKPB Selangor / Mukim Klang

what were malaysians searching for on google in october?Photo via Herald Malaysia

Locals wanted to be sure of the SOPs introduced in areas of Selangor, KL, and Putrajaya to contain the recent spike of active COVID-19 cases through the Conditional Movement Control Order. 

4. Bigg Boss 4 Vote

what were malaysians searching for on google in october?Photo via DNA India

The Tamil reality TV show with a loyal local following led its followers to the online polls to save their favorite celebrities from being eliminated from the show. 

5. PSG vs Man United / Ajax vs Liverpool

what were malaysians searching for on google in october?Photo via The Independent

Followers of the UEFA Champions League tuned in to catch match highlights, especially Man United’s 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain, and Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Ajax. 

6. BPN 2.0 Bayaran

what were malaysians searching for on google in october?Photo via Harian Metro

Eligible Malaysians eagerly looked forward to the arrival and distribution of the first phase of the government aid fund which went out as early as October 19, assisting 10.6 million recipients. 

7. Addy Kana

what were malaysians searching for on google in october?Photo via The Reporter

Dato’ Addy Kana appeared on netizens’ radars from being one of the several individuals investigated for being involved in Macau Scams and online gambling, prompting curiosity into looking him up. 

what were malaysians searching for on google in october?Photo via The Verge

Early in September, our well-maintained, single-digit COVID-19 active cases moved into the double digits, and soon after, we saw our first triple digits since the early days of the pandemic. 

The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) had to be re-introduced in the states of Selangor, KL, Putrajaya, and Sabah by the 13th and 14th of October, and inter-district travel was closely controlled in these areas. 

How did Malaysians react to these changes? Here are the top pandemic-related questions searched over the month:

  1. What is CMCO?

  2. Where is the tembok cluster?

  3. Swab test

  4. What is EMCO?

  5. Is swab test painful?

  6. Will MCO be implemented again?

  7. What is PKPB

  8. How long will COVID-19 last?

  9. Seri Kembangan is located in which district?

  10. COVID-19 Malaysia

So, what are your top searches on Google last month?

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat

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