Each December, Google reveals what Malaysians have searched for on the Internet over the past year – the tech company compiles these searches and comes up with an annual ‘Zeitgeist’ for Malaysia, ranking searched items in a number of trending categories.

Topping the list in the People category for 2017 was actress Izara Aishah, while JJPTR (the abbreviation of money game operator JJ Poor to Rich) took top spot in the News category.

The price of petrol was a topic of great interest to Malaysians. That it was in second place in the News category is no surprise, given the switch at the end of March to a weekly announcement of fuel pricing at the pump. With 38 weekly fuel pricing updates having been made at this point since the scheme began, you can imagine the spike in searches.

The outstanding Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) also made the list in News, placing fourth in the category. The MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line Phase 1 from Sungai Buloh to Semantan became operational in December last year, followed by Phase 2 – which linked things up to Kajang to complete the line – in July.

Keeping in line with mobility leanings, a film involving cars made it into two categories – placing sixth in Searches and first in Movies, The Fate of the Furious (or Fast and Furious 8, as searched) was definitely a trending topic.

Curiously, unlike the past few years, there’s no Car Models category in the revealed topic list this year. Although there’s no top 10 roll call for 2017, one car model made it into the Searches list – the 2018 Perodua Myvi was placed 10th in this one.

Search stats for the car spiked last month when it was launched, and the Myvi would undoubtedly have placed right at the top in the Car Models category had there been one this year, emulating the Perodua Bezza’s achievement in 2016.

As before, a note about trending. This doesn’t actually mean “most searched for,” but rather about items that saw the largest increase in the amount of searches over the past year. As such, trending lists are likely to be dominated by items or topics that have suddenly generated high interest, or in the case of cars, newly-launched models.