Malaysians in general love to surf online and the most favourite social media sites they love to visit are Facebook and Instagram. Apart from these 2 social sites, do you know that Twitter is also another most used social media platform in Malaysia?
Based on the latest statistics released by Statista, we have over 2.2 million of Malaysians who have active Twitter accounts in the year of 2018 alone. This staggering number is expected to reach 2.4 million by next year.
What does this data mean to you?
It indicates that you have a good chance of increasing your brand awareness among Malaysians by leveraging the popularity of Twitter. If your business is targeting the Malay audience, you now have all the reason to have your brand appear on Twitter.
Number of Twitter users in Malaysia from 2014 to 2019 (in millions)
No. 1 – Mohd Najib Tun Razak
Profile name: @NajibRazak
He’s our 6th Prime Minister and undoubtedly the most famous people in Malaysia amid the gossips and rumours about his style of managing Malaysia when he was still in power. Although he has resigned as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, everyone still loves to keep receiving the latest news about him.
It seems that famous and powerful leader gets all the attention from its people. The former President from the United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama also has a huge following, with an estimated 104 million followers in his Twitter account – which is possibly one of the highest in the world.
No. 2 – Lisa Surihani
Profile name: @LisaSurihani
Lisa Surihani is a Malaysian actress, model, television host and commercial model. It’s unbelievable to acknowledge the fact that Lisa has appeared in numerous feature films and television shows as well as TV commercials since the age of 11.
This young mother of 2 also received several accolades for films as well, most notably The Best Comedy Actress for Film Category of Anugerah Lawak Warna. The same movie, Istanbul Aku Datang, also won the Best Actress in 2014 for Festival Filem Malaysia awards.
3 years ago, Lisa Surihani also won the Best Actress award in Anugerah Skrin for her role in Dendam Orang Mati.
No. 3 – Air Asia
Profile name: @AirAsia
Huh? Why is Air Asia ranked third in Malaysia? The answer is simple. That’s because everyone wants to book cheap flights, receive exclusive updates, and participate in Air Asia promotional contests.
Being a budget airline, consumers always want the most updated flight promotions, whether it’s during school holiday or festive seasons.
Let’s not forget the fact that Air Asia is very active on its social media marketing efforts. By leveraging the power of Twitter, Air Asia is constantly announcing new flight routes and limited promotions to keep their fans excited.
No. 4 – Zizan Razak
Profile name: @zizanrajalawak
Zizan Razak first came to public notice back in 2007 when he participated in Astro’s Raja Lawak program and became the runner-up in the very first season of the TV show. Not satisfied with the runner-up results, he participated in Maharaja Lawak, which is another Astro TV show for budding comedians. Joining the Maharaja Lawak program is the correct decision for Zizan Razak because it helps to boost his popularity further. Ever since then, his career blossomed after participated in various TV reality shows and commercials.
He also acted in last year’s Malay blockbuster movie called Polis Evo 2, starring the role of Inspector Sani.
No. 5 – Khairy Jamaluddin
Profile name: @Khairykj
He is the son-in-law of the fifth Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Famously known for his young and energetic personality, Khairy Jamaluddin was appointed as the Youth and Sport Minister in Malaysia back in May 2013 that lasted until May 2018.
Khairy is a well-liked Sports Minister and his active presence can be felt in sport events as he assists our Malaysian teams to make it to international competitions. He also introduced the Podium Programme to inspire Malaysian athletes to become world class beaters.
Currently, he is the MP for Rembau and actively contributing to UMNO, a major political party in Malaysia.
No. 6 – Siti Nurhaliza
Profile name: @CTNurhaliza11
Tweets: 15, 071
The “One and Only” and most recognizable songstress in Malaysia, Datuk Siti Nurhaliza is ranked 6th in our Twitter list. Currently, she has been listed as one of Malaysia’s richest, most-influential, most award-winning, and most single-produced artist.
She’s a very versatile singer. Apart from singing in Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia and English, she has also recorded songs in Chinese Mandarin and Arabic.
Her singing career is regarded by many as hugely successful since Siti has won many awards in Malaysia and on international level.
No. 7 – Yuna Zarai
Profile name: @yunamusic
Followers: 2, 420, 979
Following: 1, 508
Tweets: 27, 254
Yuna Zarai, whose full name is Yunalis binti Mat Zara’ai is a Malaysian singer-songwriter and businesswoman.
She is best known for her collaborations with Usher on her breakout single, “Crush” which peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Adult R&B chart.
Currently embarking on a Europe Fall Tour this year, she is very active in music performance both nationally and internationally.
No. 8 – Neelofa
Profile name: @Neelofa
Tweets: 17, 100
Noor Neelofa binti Mohd Noor, or famously known by her stage name Neelofa or Lofa, is a Malaysian actress, television presenter, a commercial model and an entrepreneur.
What makes Neelofa outstanding among her peers is the success of her online hijab store. Her hijab store, Naelofar Hijab is one of the premium branded stores in Malaysia. Due to her business success, Neelofa was named amongst ‘Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia’ in 2017.
No. 9 – Shaheizy Sam Samad
Profile name: @Shaheizy_Sam
Shaheizy Sam bin Abdul Samad is a versatile actor in Malaysia. He gained much fame after starring in “Bohsia: Jangan Pilih Jalan Hitam” in 2009 and the “Adnan Sempit” box office in the following year.
Featured in over 30 films, he is a very successful actor in Malaysia, receiving many acting accolades.
No. 10 – Aaron Aziz
Profile name: @AaronDwiAziz
Aaron Aziz is a Singaporean actor but made it big in our local entertainment industry. Some of the key movies that made him famous are Evolusi KL Drift 2, KL Gangster 2, Adam and Hawa, Ombak Rindu. He will be starring in three more upcoming movies: Sayu Yang Syukur, I Love You,Stupid! And Tyickoouns.