(from Malaysiakini) – I didn’t even know I am A-list blogger!
At 83, Mahathir is certainly one of the oldest bloggers in Malaysia.
Not showing signs of slowing down, his blog Chedet also figured as the fastest rising blogger search in 2008, beating the other Malaysian A-listers – Anwar, Raja Petra Kamarudin, Anil Netto and Susan Loone.
Pua’s blog popped up in this category as well, above Ahirudin ‘Rocky’ Attan, Paul Tan, Kenny Sia and blogger-turned politician Jeff Ooi.
Malaysian carmaker Perodua’s new SUV, the Perodua Nautica, emerged as the winner of the fastest rising car model search list, beating five other foreign models in the market, said Google.
Meanwhile, the Visit Terengganu Year 2008 marketing campaign boosted more searches for this coastal state, as Terengganu came up higher than second placer Pulau Tioman as well as tourist haunts Genting Highlands and Penang on the list of fastest rising local destinations.
Google also found that the economic downturn was clearly on top of mind for many Malaysians.
“There were large increases in the number of searches for ‘murah’ (36% increase), ‘warehouse’ (28% increase) and ‘sale’ (19% increase), reflecting Malaysians searching more often online to find the best deals and save money,” said Google in a statement.
“Terms like ‘recession’ (383% increase) and ‘financial crisis’ (136% increase) also saw significant spikes in search volume when the global markets were falling in September and October.”