KUALA LUMPUR - The Lahad Datu incursion topped Malaysians' search for this year, said Google yesterday in its annual year-end Zeitgeist.
The Zeitgeist takes a look through the collective eyes of the world on the web, offering a unique perspective on the year's major events and hottest trends based on searches conducted.
The Lahad Datu standoff, which began in February, had Malaysians gripped and searching for news and updates on the web.
Announcement of smartphone rebates by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission as part of the 2014 Budget, took second place, followed by the results of the 13th General Election.
The rest of the trending searches were rounded off by three Malay drama series.
The death of Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker on Nov 30 generated plenty of interest, enough to offset searches for 12-year-old Indonesian street busker Tegar, whose hit song Aku yang dulu bukan yang sekarang became a phenomenon.
In third place was national footballer Nor Sharul Idlan Talaha's wife's verbal scuffle with a security guard, captured on video.
Zeffri Yusof, head of communications and public affairs for Google Malaysia, said Google was the first place Malaysians turned to for information or to discover new things.
He said the Zeitgeist was a cultural barometer that gave a real snapshot of big events and trends in the country.
For the full list, visit NST's webpage at www.nst.com.my.