2018 in Malaysia

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2018 in Malaysia is Malaysia's 61st anniversary of its independence and 55th anniversary of Malaysia's formation.


Federal Level[edit]

Position Name
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan
Raja Permaisuri Agong Vacant
Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah of Perak
Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Razak (until 9 May)
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (from 10 May)
Deputy Prime Minister Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (until 9 May)
Dato' Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (from 10 May)
Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif (until 31 July)
Richard Malanjum (from 11 July)

State level[edit]

State Position Name
 Johor Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ismail
Menteri Besar of Johor Mohamed Khaled Nordin (until May 9)
Osman Sapian (from May 12)
 Kedah Sultan of Kedah Sultan Sallehuddin
Menteri Besar of Kedah Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah (until May 9)
Mukhriz Mahathir (from May 10)
 Kelantan Sultan of Kelantan Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra (regent)
Menteri Besar of Kelantan Ahmad Yaakob
 Perlis Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin
Menteri Besar of Perlis Azlan Man
 Perak Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah
Menteri Besar of Perak Zambry Abdul Kadir (until May 9)
Ahmad Faizal Azumu (from May 12)
 Pahang Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah
Menteri Besar of Pahang Adnan Yaakob (until May 14)
Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail (from May 15)
 Selangor Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah
Menteri Besar of Selangor Mohamed Azmin Ali (until June 19)
Amirudin Shari (from June 19)
 Terengganu Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin
Menteri Besar of Terengganu Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman (until May 9)
Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar (from May 10)
 Negeri Sembilan Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz
Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan Mohamad Hasan (until May 9)
Aminuddin Harun (from May 11)
 Penang Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Penang Abdul Rahman Abbas
Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng (until May 9)
Chow Kon Yeow (from May 10)
 Malacca Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Malacca Mohd Khalil Yaakob
Chief Minister of Malacca Idris Haron (until May 9)
Adly Zahari (from May 10)
 Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak Abdul Taib Mahmud
Chief Minister of Sarawak Abang Johari Openg
 Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah Juhar Mahiruddin
Chief Minister of Sabah Musa Aman (until May 12)
Shafie Apdal (from May 12)



Date Event
1 January Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) have fully digital terrestrial television (DTT).
The abolishment toll collection in Federal Highway (Batu Tiga and Sungai Rasau), Selangor , Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah and on the Johor Bahru Eastern Dispersal Link Expressway, Johor.[1][2]
Segamat has been upgrated to Municipal Council status since 1 January 2018 at Dataran Segamat.[3]
The nation's oldest shopping center, Ampang Park is officially closed.[4]
Astro Radio drops the "FM" suffix for all 11 radio stations as part of its re-branding.[5]
3 January Four Singaporeans including a child were an Indonesian rebels killed, while five others were injured in the accident involving five vehicles at the junction of Jalan Lukut-Sepang Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.
5 January Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash:
6 January Mah Siew Keong who is also Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister had reportedly made several mistakes in a few lines leaving the audience amused during a joint rally with MCA. His speech has been edited into a viral video.[7]
7 January 14th Malaysian general election (GE14) :
The Malaysian Prisons Department confirmed that People's Justice Party (PKR) chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim could be released earlier on June 8, 2018 on Friday.[8]
10 January Former Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad not allowed by prison authorities to visit People's Justice Party (PKR) chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital.[9]
11 January An actor and film director, Farid Kamil was arrested for allegedly assaulting a traffic policeman and a civilian at the Kota Damansara police station. He also tested positive for marijuana.[10]
16 January Malaysia and Singapore signed bilateral agreement on Rapid Transit System (RTS) rail track linking Johor Bahru and Woodlands in Singapore which is expected to commence in 2024.[11]
25 January Prime Minister, Najib Razak make a two-day official visit to India to attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and meet his counterpart Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.[12]
27 January 50,000 Muslims gathered to pray for the Palestine's well-being and liberation of Palestine from Zionist tyranny near Palace of Justice, Putrajaya.[13]
29 January Malaysian netizen criticize and make jokes over the new logo of the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 campaign after it was presented at the launch of a promotion in Chiang Mai, Thailand.[14] Minister of Tourism and Culture, Nazri Aziz defend the logo and says criticism is normal, cannot get the consensus of the whole of Malaysia.[15]
Malaysia is set to become first country outside China after Alibaba introduce City Brain an artificial intelligence system in Kuala Lumpur to combat traffic congestion after an agreement between Alibaba and Kuala Lumpur City Hall.[16]
Film Censorship Board of Malaysia banned Hindi film, Padmaavat because of elements sensitivity to the Muslim.[17]


Date Event
1 February 370 individuals were conferred honorary orders, stars and medals in conjunction with the Federal Territory Day.[18]
Five individuals including two Nepali nationals, aged between 19 and 62 were rushed to Penang General Hospital after experiencing weakness, fatigue and unconsciousness as a result of consuming a kind of durian-flavoured premix coffee believed to have mixed with drug.[19]
13 February An Employees Provident Fund (EPF) building in Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya was nearly destroyed by a fire at 12 noon.[20][21]


Date Event
21 March Sand-dredging vessel JBB Rong Chang 8 is reported to have capsized off Malaysia's southern state of Johor in the waters of Parit Jawa, Muar in which 14 crewmen were missing. Two crewmen were rescued barely alive from the engine room of the vessel by the Civil Defence personnel 50 hours after being trapped in the vessel.[22][23][24]


Date Event
3 April The Malaysian government recognised the Malaysian Deaf Sports Association as the sole national federation to deal with the deaf sports after passing the amendment of National Sports Development Act which got approved in the parliament. The minister of Ministry of Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin presented the amendment of the National Sports Development Act to the parliament which was approved on 3 April 2018.[25]
4–15 April 2018 Commonwealth Games :
7 April 14th Malaysian general election (GE14) :
28 April 14th Malaysian general election (GE14) :
  • Candidate nominations for Parliament seats and state assembly seats were held on this day.


14th Malaysian general election (GE14) :

  • 9 May—The 14th general election was held on this day. For the first time in the country's history, the Barisan Nasional coalition was defeated by the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan, only winning 79 seats against Pakatan Harapan's 121. The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party won 18 seats while independents won 3 seats. Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who led Pakatan Harapan to victory, manage to defeat his protege Najib Razak,
  • 10 May -- Mahathir Mohamad is sworn in as the seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia at 2130 hours (GMT+8), as he becomes the world's oldest elected state leader at the age of 92.[27] This marks his return to the position after holding the post previously for 22 years, from 1981 to 2003.
  • 12 May --
  • 13 May --
    • Mahathir instructs Inland Revenue Board to return taxes collected 'illegally'.
  • 14 May --
    • Attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali goes on unrecorded leave, duties taken over by solicitor-general
    • MACC chief Dzulkifli Ahmad resigns
    • Treasurer general Irwan Serigar Abdullah's contract shortened, transferred to Public Service Department
    • Mahathir says laws on fake news will be clearly defined
    • Mahathir says political appointments in government-linked companies will be reviewed.
  • 15 May --
    • Audit Department declassifies its 1MDB report
    • Council of Eminent Persons sets up a committee on institutional reforms, committee includes:
      1. Retired judge of Court of Appeal Datuk KC Vohrah;
      2. Retired judge of the Court of Appeal and Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) Commissioner Datuk Mah Weng Kwai;
      3. National Patriot Association President Brigadier General (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji;
      4. University Malaya Tunku Abdul Rahman Professor of Law Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi;
      5. Hakam President and Bar Council former President Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan
    • Apandi Ali, Irwan Serigar, Dzulkifli and former IGP Khalid Abu Bakar barred from leaving the country.
  • 16 May --
    • Pakatan Harapan de facto leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim is released from prison after being pardoned by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. He had served three years of his prison sentence.
    • 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy is also barred from leaving the country
    • Police search Najib's house and seize handbags and clothes
    • Government announces GST will be zero-rated effective, 1 June 2018
    • Mahathir to sack 17,000 political appointees from civil service
    • Registrar of Societies approves Pakatan Harapan's registration.
    • Ministries instructed to cease use of 1Malaysia slogan
    • Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia 2.0 (KR1M) programme ceased
    • Board meetings of the Cooperatives Commission of Malaysia and committees which have political appointees to be postponed.
  • 17 May
    • Mahathir appoints himself as education minister, and Wan Azizah as women and welfare minister
    • Police search at Najib's house continues
    • Police arrest man for insulting Mahathir.
    • Finance Ministry initiates fiscal reforms.
  • 18 May
    • Withdrew his appointment as education minister in light of his promise with the Pakatan Harapan coalition
    • Mahathir disagrees with police action to arrest a man who insulted him.
  • 20 May
    • Former executive of PetroSaudi whistleblower Swiss national Xavier Justo meets Mahathir [28]
  • 21 May
    • Special task force formed to investigate the 1MDB scandal as well as to prosecute wrongdoers and retrieve related assets. Task force would be jointly headed by former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail, former MACC head Abu Kassim Mohamed, current MACC head Mohd Shukri Abdull and former special branch head Abdul Hamid Bador.
    • Deputy prime minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and several federal ministers officially sworn in as members of cabinet.
  • 22 May
    • Former PM Najib Razak is brought in for questioning at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
  • 28 May


Date Event
1 June The hugely unpopular Goods and Services Tax (GST) is reduced to 0% by the Malaysian Government.
5 June Tommy Thomas is officially appointed as the Attorney General, being the first non-Malay to be appointed to the post.
27 June Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) celebrate its 20th anniversary.


Date Event
2 July New ministers in Pakatan Harapan's cabinet led by Mahathir were introduced.[29] Remaining members sworn in on that day completes cabinet line-up.
UMNO Sungai Besar Branch Chief, Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos was arrested by Indonesian police while having a hair cut at a barber shop in South Jakarta.[30]
16 July Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad lead the 222 Members of Parliament to swear in as members of the Dewan Rakyat for the 14th term of the Malaysian Parliament.[31]
17 July Yang di-Pertuan Agong Muhammad V of Kelantan opens first session of 14th Parliament in the Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur.[32]


Date Event
19 August – 2 September 2018 Asian Games :
31 August Malaysia celebrated its' 61st Independence Day.



Date Event
6 – 13 October 2018 Asian Para Games :


  • 06 November - Mahathir visited Japan, and received a medal of the Emperor of Japan.
  • 15 November - Mahathir came back to Kuala Lumpur since end the 33rd Asean summit in Singapore.


National Day and Malaysia Day[edit]

National Day theme[edit]

Sayangi Malaysiaku (Love My Malaysia)

National Day parade[edit]


Malaysia Day celebration[edit]

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah



  • 3 January – Tengku Muhammad Yusof Shah AlHaj ibni Almarhum Sultan Sir Ala'eddin Sulaiman Shah AlHaj - Tengku Aris Temenggong Selangor
  • 25 January – Rab Khalid - Actor
  • 26 January – Raja Aman Shah bin Raja Haji Shahar Shah - Tengku Seri Kelana Diraja Kelantan
  • 14 February – Azmil Mustapha - Actor
  • 8 September - Abu Hassan Omar - Malaysian Politician
  • 14 October - Saleem- Singer

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hariz Mohd (31 December 2017). "Motorists rejoice as they pay last toll charges at Batu Tiga and Sg Rasau". nst.com.my. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  2. ^ Rizalman Hammim (31 December 2017). "End of EDL toll collections augurs well for Singapore-bound motorists". nst.com.my. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Local Authorities Should Function As A Government - Khaled".
  4. ^ "Tearing down of Ampang Park shopping centre under way - Metro News | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  5. ^ "With multiplatform the new reality, Astro Radio drops 'FM', refreshes 11 brands". Digital News Asia. 2018-01-02. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  6. ^ "US firm Ocean Infinity seals deal to resume hunt for MH370 - Nation | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  7. ^ "Mah Siew Keong, the new viral video star, takes it in stride - Nation | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  8. ^ "Anwar Ibrahim dibebaskan lebih awal - KP Penjara / Anwar Ibrahim freed earlier - Prison Chief of Director". www.astroawani.com (in Malay). Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  9. ^ "Tun Mahathir barred from visiting Anwar". www.thesundaily.my. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  10. ^ "Actor Farid Kamil arrested for allegedly assaulting cop, civilian in police station". 2018-01-11. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  11. ^ "(Update) Malaysia, Singapore ink bilateral agreement on RTS". NST Online. 2018-01-16. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  12. ^ Paul Gabriel (26 January 2018). "Asean-India summit a chance for Najib to negotiate better trade terms". thestar.com.my. New Delhi. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Nasional | Berita Harian". www.bharian.com.my (in Malay). Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  14. ^ "Visit Malaysia 2020 logo panned as a 'joke'". Free Malaysia Today. 2018-01-27. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  15. ^ "Nazri: We stand by the Visit Malaysia 2020 logo despite the flak - Nation | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  16. ^ "Alibaba set to beat KL traffic jams with AI system". 2018-01-29. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  17. ^ "Hindi film on Hindu-Muslim love affair too sensitive, say censors". Free Malaysia Today. 2018-01-29. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  18. ^ EPF chief heads FT Day honours list
  19. ^ Penang durian coffee passed food safety tests, released from recall: AVA
  20. ^ "EPF fire: No, your retirement plan is not up in smoke". The Star (Malaysia). 13 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  21. ^ EPF to Investigate Cause of PJ Office Fire
  22. ^ Two rescued after 50 hours
  23. ^ Chinese dredger sinks in Malaysian waters, 14 missing
  24. ^ Chinese sand-dredger capsizes off Muar; 1 dead, 14 believed alive in sunken hull
  25. ^ "Malaysia Deaf Sport recognized by the Government of Malaysia | ICSD". www.deaflympics.com. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  26. ^ Speaker confirms dissolution
  27. ^ CNN, Euan McKirdy, Marc Lourdes and Ushar Daniele,. "Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad is now the world's oldest leader". CNN. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  28. ^ "PetroSaudi whistleblower meets Dr M". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  29. ^ Remaining Cabinet members sworn in
  30. ^ Jamal Yunos caught in Indonesia
  31. ^ It’s a new Parliament: Swearing-in begins
  32. ^ Agong opens first session of 14th Parliament
  33. ^ "Malaysian contingent performed well in Asiad 2018: CDM".
  34. ^ "Malaysia bags 17 gold in best ever Asian Para Games outing".