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Lee family feud, Halimah Yacob and Nasi Lemak burger top Singapore headlines for 2017

Yahoo has revealed the biggest trending topics for Singaporeans in 2017, with the Lee family saga, the battle for Marawi and the election of Halimah Yacob taking the top three spots.

The family affairs of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the favourite topic for Singaporean, with the dispute over Lee Kuan Yew’s former Oxley Road home leading the list of top ten searches and local headlines.

Coming in second place on both search and in media headlines was the walkover presidential election of Halimah Yacob, famously Singapore’s first election reserved only for Malay candidates.

Put together by Yahoo’s editorial based on the volume of coverage and buzz around the stories, other top searches included the battle for the Philippines city of Marawi, which was held under siege by terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.

Meanwhile, a host of headline-grabbing politicians, including Donald Trump, Rodrigo Duterte and Kim Jong Un, cemented their places on the most-searched list respectively.

Other topics in the top 10 searches included the Rohingya crisis, the group Abu Sayyaf, political manoeuvrings in North Korea and the recently-erupted Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal.

In terms of top headlines, the bumpy year for Singapore’s transport service, SMRT, took second place behind the Oxley Road saga.

After a spate of incidents, involving flooding, a rail crash and allegations that workers doctored maintenance records – causing the sudden flooding in the MRT tunnel – the SMRT found itself at the mercy of media headlines and social media critique, which led to it taking some unusual steps to minimise the PR crisis.

Following behind the SMRT’s woes in third place was the contempt of court case against Li Shengwu, Prime Minister Lee’s nephew and the grandson of the late Lee Kuan Yew following a post he made on Facebook.

SPH’s recent upheaval, whereby 230 jobs in its media business were axed following months of tumbling revenue, came in at number seven.

One of the more lighthearted stories to make Singapore media headlines this year was McDonald’s Nasi Lemak burger, which the fast food giant created for National Day.

The Singapore-inspired menu, which also featured a Chendol McFlurry, gained significant traction on social media and was named the most popular National Day campaign by Meltwater. 

Due to its popularity, McDonald’s re-released the burger a month later.

Missing from both lists however was the long-awaited arrival of Amazon to Singapore.

See the full lists below:

Top 10 Singapore Searches of 2017

  1. Lee Hsien Loong
  2. Marawi battle
  3. Halimah Yacob
  4. Donald Trump
  5. Rodrigo Duterte
  6. Kim Jong Un
  7. Rohingya crisis
  8. Abu Sayyaf
  9. North Korea
  10. Harvey Weinstein

Top 10 Singapore Headlines of 2017

  1. The Lee family feud over Oxley Road home
  2. Bumpy year for SMRT and commuters
  3. A Presidential race that never was
  4. AGC files contempt of court charges against Li Shengwu
  5. Workers’ Party leader to step down
  6. Brisk business at heartland brothels
  7. Staff shake-up at local media giant SPH
  8. Big win for local comic artist Sonny Liew
  9. Buzz over Nasi Lemak burger
  10. Jailed in Abu Dhabi
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