Monday, December 30, 2013

Top 10 news of 2013 - readers' choice

Top 10 news of 2013 - readers' choice

As an annual tradition, Malaysiakini has let its readers decide what they think are the most important news stories of 2013.

A total of 1,450 readers participated in the seven-day survey, opened only to paying subscribers.

They voted by ranking each of the 21 news items selected by Malaysiakini from 1 (lowest interest) to 10 (highest).

Interestingly, GE13 is not the No 1 news item of the year. The most important issue of 2013 for our readers is the slew of price hikes, indicating that many are deeply concerned over the rise in our cost of living.

However, not so surprising is the news that ranked third on the list - Rosmah Mansor, Prime Minister Najib Razak's controversial wife.

Her trip overseas on a government-funded private jet, as well as huge utility and maintenance bills of the couple’s official residence in Putrajaya remain among the top newsgrabbers.

The issue of education and the sorry state of our schools also made it to Top 10 with the ‘Canteen in shower room and cow slaughter in schools’ at No 7, followed immediately by ‘Education crisis and blueprint’.

Here they are - Malaysiakini readers' choice of the top 10 headline-grabbers.

1. Barang Naik (petrol, sugar, electricity, public transport, tolls hikes, etc) and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) - 11,062

2. GE13 / Chinese tsunami / Apa Lagi Cina Mau? Malapportionment and Blackout 505 rallies - 10,879

3. Rosmah Mansor’s private jet and PM’s residence - 9,849

4. Sulu incursion / Lahad Datu - 9,749

5. Sabah RCI on illegal immigrants - 9,351

6. Prevention of Crime Act, Ops Cantas and crime statistics, gangland shootings, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's shoot first remark - 9,026

7. Canteen in shower room and cow slaughter in schools - 8,821

8. Education crisis and blueprint - 8,601

9. Court acquittals - Altantuya Shariibuu’s convicted killers / Ling Liong Sik / Aminulrasyid Amzah - 8,474

10. Listen, listen, listen - 8,126

The also-rans

Eleven of the 21 news items failed to make the cut and were relegated by Malaysiakini subscribers to the also-ran category.

They are:

11. Death of Chin Peng - 7,980 points

12. Religious row - Allah court case, dog trainer video, Johor surau demolition, Alvivi - 7,844

13. Deaths in custody - P Karuna Nithi, C Sugumar and others - 7,392

14. K-pop sponsorships and Auditor-General’s Report - 7,141

15. Candi demolition in Kedah - 6,748

16. Tanda Putera / New Village / the playing of Negaraku in cinemas - 6,473

17. Mat Sabu and Shiite crackdown - 6,326

18. Attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail’s alleged involvement in lost of Batu Puteh - 6,265

19. Bumiputera Economic Empowerment (BEE) - 6,134

20. Pay hike in Selangor and other assemblies - 5,988

21. Hindraf-BN MOU - 5,572

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