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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31, 2015:2015 saw a mix of bizarre happenings in Malaysia’s viral scene — from local celebrities’ rants to a shaman trying to get rid of the haze by staring into a “bamboo scope”. Since 2016 is just hours away, The Rakyat Post decided to revisit a few of these viral stories which shone brightly under the social media spotlight. With lots to choose from, we rounded up the reports which had received a lot of responses from our readers and boiled it down to these top picks.1. To menate or not to menate
— Pic credit Instagram @divaazwanavazz
— Pic credit Instagram @divaazwanavazz
Among the most talked about incidents was an infamous social media rant by former television host Azwan Ali against a Twitter user over a halal Western eatery called Me’nate Steak Hub located in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Azwan’s overt response was the talk of the town after he mistook the word “Menate”, the name of the restaurant, for a local cuss word.http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/06/28/former-tv-host-azwan-ali-gets-into-trouble-over-menate-tweet/With one tirade after another, Azwan Ali also misconstrued an abbreviated comment by one of his fans as being rude and repulsive. “jb xde ke…” (“None in JB?”), asked @situjuha. The rebuke came from a comment simply asking if Azwan’s Rendang dish can be delivered to “JB” (Johor Baru). Instead, he mistook it as her asking whether or not he had a job.http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/09/28/azwan-berates-fan-on-instagram-yet-again/2. May the force be with you
— Pic credit YouTube Maxman.tv
— Pic credit YouTube Maxman.tv
The “force” is surely strong with Star Wars die-hard fans as some pranksters decided to push and shove seemingly “random” people in a mall to the ground using their “Jedi” powers. The story of the prank, along with its video, was favoured by a lot of netizens as it was not something that many of us can see or read on a daily basis. The prank video was dubbed as Star Wars ‘The Force’ Prank’.http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/11/27/local-star-wars-prank-goes-viral/http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/11/28/another-star-wars-prank-catches-public-off-guard/3. Do pictures really speak a thousand words?
— Pics taken from facebook.com/princessjacel
— Pics taken from facebook.com/princessjacel
Just like celebrities and politicians can never run away from the public spotlight, PKR lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar was scrutinised and labelled as a traitor by some quarters. Nurul Izzah was berated by netizens after pictures of her with the daughter of self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III, Princess Jacel Kiram, made the rounds on social media. The Sultan’s followers had “intruded” into Sabah in 2013 resulting in Malaysian security forces being killed and wounded. It became one of the most heated and talked about topics after the pictures went viral.http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/11/20/netizens-enraged-by-nurul-izzahs-intimate-relationship-with-sulu-princess/4. Child abuse
— Screenshots taken from Friends of BN's Facebook page
— Screenshots taken from Friends of BN’s Facebook page
Mid-2015 saw a string of child abuse cases and stories as many people started to turn into Internet vigilantes — sharing videos of local child abuse cases, making them viral on several social media platforms and some even reported certain cases to the authorities. One of the most prominent child abuse stories which garnered much attention was a report on a video shared on Facebook by netizens which revealed an abusive caretaker at a nursery in Ipoh lashing out at innocent children.http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/09/22/netizens-call-for-action-after-child-abuse-video-goes-viral/5. Cyber bullyIn another public vigilante story, a cyber-bullying case angered many netizens who saw it. Disabled 18-year-old Zati Salam received much attention from the public when a group of netizens mocked her for posting pictures of herself on her Instagram page.http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2015/07/11/netizens-slam-cyber-bullies-who-mock-girls-appearance/6. Football
— Screenshot from video uploaded by Ismail Yunus
— Screenshot from video uploaded by Ismail Yunus
July 2015 saw a football match long awaited by fans of football giants, Manchester United and Liverpool. A two-minute video featured a gutsy Manchester United football fan dressed in a tight jersey as he danced and jiggled ecstatically in front of hundreds of Liverpool fans. The “social experiment” video received a lot of attention and went viral on most social media platforms.http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/07/25/dancing-manchester-united-fan-deemed-a-legend-video/7. Raja Bomoh
— Pic credit Suara TV
— Pic credit Suara TV
There was a time when Malaysia became famous, not for its scenic vacation destinations or its colourful cultures but for a shaman who claimed that he could search for a missing plane using his signature “bamboo scope”. After offering his “help” to search for the missing plane, the infamous Raja Bomoh Datuk Mahaguru Ibrahim Mat Zin again brought out his bamboo scope, believing he had the power to cleanse the haze which struck the nation months ago.http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/09/17/after-mh370-raja-bomoh-now-helps-country-get-rid-of-haze/8. Happy birthday, dad
— Screenshot of post on @MukhrizMahathir's Twitter page
— Screenshot of post on @MukhrizMahathir’s Twitter page
Another bit of viral news we believed deserved to be in the top 10 was when Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir extended birthday wishes to his father, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who turned 90 on July 10 this year. Mukhriz did so through a sentimental post thanking his father, along with a memorable picture of them celebrating Dr Mahathir’s birthday.http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/07/10/mukhriz-tweets-well-wishes-for-dr-mahathirs-90th-birthday/9. Much ado about dress codes
— Pic from Suzanne G L Tan's Facebook
— Pic from Suzanne G L Tan’s Facebook
During the middle of 2015, social media platforms were filled with sarong and towel-wrapping stories. One famous sarong-wrap story that deserved to be in the top 10 was a case where a woman lamented on Facebook after being forced to wear a sarong before being allowed to enter the Road Transport Department (JPJ) office in Wangsa Maju. Suzanne G.L. Tan, who was clad in a white-and-pink top and a red mini skirt initially, took a picture of herself wearing a sarong and posted it on her Facebook page. Her story made a lot of rounds in several social media platforms along with other sarong-wrap and towel-wrap cases. The strange thing was the government explained later that the dress code was meant for the staff and not for the public.http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/06/08/woman-claims-she-was-forced-to-wear-sarong-to-enter-jpj/10. Haze
— Pic circulated on social media
— Pic circulated on social media
The haze which struck the country from the month of September to October caused quite the online buzz as Malaysians shared their troubles, frustrations as well as a robust sense of humour on social media. But, amazingly, the haze cleared up at the end of October when Indian film superstar Rajinikanth arrived for a movie shoot in the country. This resulted in the creation of one of the most viral memes (an “Internet meme” is an idea, usually funny, that spreads rapidly from person to person via the Internet) that Rajinikanth had made the haze “disappear” with his entrance.http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/10/28/did-rajinikanth-get-rid-of-the-haze-in-malaysia/Another worthy haze-related story was the apparent “gratitude” of Malaysians towards our neighbouring country (Indonesia). Making a parody of Indonesia’s patriotic online catchphrase #TerimaKasihIndonesia (Thank you Indonesia), Malaysians were seen putting their own twist to the hashtag and seemingly venting their frustrations on social media, mainly through the Twitter micro-blog site.http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/09/15/terimakasihindonesia-malaysians-take-frustration-on-haze-to-social-media/11. Car wash slap
— Screenshots from video uploaded by Facebook user Atie Abdul Hamid
— Screenshots from video uploaded by Facebook user Atie Abdul Hamid
A video of a man assaulting a car wash employee also made it as one of the most viral issues of the year. A video, posted by Facebook user Atie Abdul Hamid, showed a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera recording of the incident with the assailant, said to be a local, hitting a car wash worker, believed to be a Bangladeshi, several times. The man, after a brief argument, is seen slapping the worker in front of several other individuals, including a woman, present at the scene. Atie claimed the incident occurred when the assailant was enraged by the worker sitting in the vehicle while cleaning its interior, leaving stains on the car seat.http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/10/17/video-of-man-slapping-car-washer-triggers-outrage-among-netizens/12. The great Moo escapeThere was drama during Hari Raya Aidiladha when a cow went rogue and escaped its planned slaughter at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) campus in Gombak. The cow, meant to be sacrificed for the Islamic celebrations, escaped the clutches of its captors and went on a wild run around the university, causing campus-wide panic, much to the amusement of the nation. Legend says the cow still roams free till this day.http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/09/24/rogue-cow-in-iium/13. More cows
— Screenshot of TV3's Fiqh Wanita television programme
— Screenshot of TV3’s Fiqh Wanita television programme
An ustazah’s (religious teacher) scientific understanding became a hot topic for netizens in the middle of the year, mocking her “theory” on cow’s milk and human behaviour. Fatimah Syarha, who hosts TV3’s Fiqh Wanita, claimed that cow’s milk should not be fed to babies, as the infant may “absorb” the obtuse DNA of the bovine in the milk, somehow affecting the development of the child. Fatimah inadvertently became the laughing stock on cyberspace as social media users began questioning the lack of scientific evidence in her theory, which undermined her reputation as an educator, making it as one of the top viral stories of 2015.http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2015/08/09/netizens-call-bull-on-ustazahs-logic-about-drinking-dairy-milk/14. Nasi Goreng GST
— Pic taken from @ahmadmaslan's Twitter account
— Pic taken from @ahmadmaslan’s Twitter account
A normal occurrence in 2015 was for Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan to be the target of social media critics. A news item that definitely deserved to be one of the top viral stories of the year was the minister’s famed “No GST Fried Rice” recipe. With photos uploaded on his Twitter, Ahmad Maslan showcased his culinary skills in making his version of “Nasi Goreng Campur” (mixed fried rice), sharing his recipe on how to cook without the Goods and Services Tax (GST).http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2015/06/14/the-return-of-the-chef/15. Practise what you preach
— Screenshot of video posted by the Ad Bukan Nama Sebenar Facebook page
— Screenshot of video posted by the Ad Bukan Nama Sebenar Facebook page
With the recent crackdown on electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) — more commonly known as vape — traders and users in the country, a video of an alleged Health Ministry officer caught smoking the device inside an official government vehicle created quite a buzz in 2015 A video posted by the Ad Bukan Nama Sebenar Facebook page showed the official vaping while unaware that his actions were being recorded. The 10-second clip displayed the official puffing out smoke inside a vehicle bearing the signature heart-shaped emblem of the Health Ministry on the side of its door.http://www.therakyatpost.com/viral/2015/11/06/vaping-health-ministry-officer-goes-viral/

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