The Malaysian general elections came in second on the list. Malaysian Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir’s Pakatan Harapan pulled off an unprecedented victory that brought Barisan Nasional’s decades-long domination in Malaysian politics to a sudden end in May.
The fifth on the list of top trending searches in Singapore in 2018 was the death of Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and other Marvel superheroes. He died at the age of 95.
On a global scale, Google Trends noted that the world searched for feel-good, uplifting stories, including the heroic rescue of the Thai under-16 football team from a cave and India overturning a ban on gay sex.