Time flies when you’re having fun. In just a blink of an eye, the year 2015 is fast coming to an end.

There’s no doubt that 2015 has been an eventful year filled with both triumph and tragedy. For the next few days, many of us will be looking back at the year to analyse the trends.

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In a report by US magazine TIME, Google has released a year-end recap, providing a ranking of the most-searched person in 26 different countries this year.

The ranking shows that Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was the most-searched person on Google in Malaysia in 2015. The result came as no surprise to many as the prime minister has been making headlines here and across the globe over controversies plaguing his administration.

He was accussed of channelling over RM2.67 billion (nearly USD700 million) from his brainchild 1Malaysia Development Berhad to his personal bank accounts. The allegation triggered widespread criticisms among Malaysians, with many calling for his resignation – including former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

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Source: The Mole

In the same Google ranking, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and Argentina football player Lionel Messi dominated Google searches on a global scale, with each earning the distinction of being the most-searched person in 26 different countries this year.

Kardashian was the most-searched person everywhere from France to New Zealand to the US, while Messi topped the list in Cuba, Chad, the Congo, and other countries. Their ranking was followed close behind by Cristiano Ronaldo, another star footaball player who took the top spot in 21 nations.

Pop stars Nicki Minaj and Rihanna claimed the next 2 highest spots on the list as they are the most-searched persons in 13 and 11 countries respectively.

Wildest Dreams” singer Taylor Swift was the most-searched person in Thailand while Filipina child actress Andrea Brillantes was the most Googled person in Philippines. In Indonesia, Indonesian dangdut singer Ayu Ting Ting was the most-searched person on Google.

Similar to Malaysians, Burmese were most interested in googling a politician as former head of Myanmar’s military junta General Than Shwe was the most-searched person on Google.


What do you think of the ranking? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.

Source: The Malay Mail Online via TIME / Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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