10 years is not a short period of time. A lot can change in a decade. On the dawn of January 1st, 2010, Taipei 101, a skyscraper located at Taiwan was still the tallest building in the world after surpassing our very own Petronas Twin Towers in the year 2004. At the time, Spotify was still not one of the most popular music streaming platform and famous apps like Tinder, Twitch and TikTok didn’t even exist.
The past decade can be referred to as the decade of technological advancement. From a smartphone with only a single camera, now we have a smartphone with 4 cameras that all work together to produce a better picture quality. As amazing as it gets, we now have plans and steps are already taken for the colonization of Mars. There is only so much we can achieve in this world. But let’s not get too ahead of things and just have a look at what Malaysia, our nation, has gone through the past decade.
-On 18th January, the MyID, an electronic government transaction scheme was launched. This project is continued until today to show and prove that we are Malaysians.
–Penang Hill’s iconic funicular train made its final run after 87 years on 20th February. It would be replaced by a RM63 mil upgraded system seven months later.
-On 20th June, The 115-year-old Pudu Prison‘s wall between Jalan Pudu and Jalan Hang Tuah, Kuala Lumpur was demolished to make way for a road-widening project, which included the construction of an underpass at Jalan Pudu and Hang Tuah junctions.
-On 12th August, The Ipoh–Kuala Lumpur–Seremban electric train service (ETS) express route began operations.
-On 1st January, The Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transport Terminal (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) was opened for public.
-On 8th July, The Klang Valley‘s MY Rapid Transit (MRT) project was officially launched by the Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak. Construction of the Sungai Buloh–Kajang line, part of the Klang Valley’s MRT system began.
-On 28th January, the official opening ceremony for Kuala Lumpur City Centre to Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway that was equipped with air conditioner and wi-fi. It was opened for public use a month later.
-On 16th April, The Proton Prevé, Malaysia’s first global car was launched.
-On 22nd September, The Automated Enforcement System (AES) came into force at all major roads, highways and expressways nationwide.
-On 16th September, Malaysia celebrates its 50 years of formation.
-On 8th March, the Boeing 777-2H6ER of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which was carrying 227 passengers, including 2 infants, and 12 crew members on board from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was reported missing from Subang Air Traffic Control Centre radar. At 12:00 pm, the Boeing 777-2H6ER of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was found missing at the South China Sea near Vietnam.
–On 1st April, the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Malaysia.
-On 2nd August, the New Straits Times celebrates its 170th anniversary.
-On 31st December, the formation of the ASEAN Community (AC).
-On 28th January, Ola Bola, Malaysia’s first sports film was released in cinemas. Directed by Chiu Keng Guan. The film tells about the glories of Malaysia national football team which successfully entered the 1980 Summer Olympics.
-On 4th March, Former Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad and longtime political enemies, opposition leaders and civil society signs the Malaysian Citizens’ Declaration to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak‘s resignation from office.
-On 29th March, taxi drivers staged a protest in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur as they were protesting against Uber and GrabCar. Later, police detained five taxi drivers who took part in a protest against Uber and Grabcar in Bukit Bintang.
-On 11th May, United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) celebrate its 71st anniversary since it was founded in 1946.
-On 26th May, the official opening of the Velodrome Nasional, the first indoor cycling track in Malaysia.
-On 13th June, the official opening of Nasyrul Quran, the complex for the Quran printing in Putrajaya. This becomes second largest complex for Quran printing in the world after King Fahd Complex in Medina, Saudi Arabia.
-On 15th July, Malaysian Statistics Department recorded the Malaysian population that year was estimated at 32 million, 28.7 million Malaysian citizens while the rest are non-citizens.
-On 8th August, the official opening of the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC).
-On 19th November, the third-generation Perodua Myvi was officially launched.
-On 7th January, Pakatan Harapan has chosen former Prime Minister and coalition chairman, Mahathir Mohamad, and coalition president, Wan Azizah, as their candidate for the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister post respectively for the upcoming General Election.
-On 9th May, The 14th general election was held. 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.
-On 10th 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. This marks his return to the position after holding the post previously for 22 years, from 1981 to 2003.
-On 28th May, Mahathir postponed the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project citing the enormous cost of construction and gloom prospects of returns and benefits for Malaysia.
-On 1st June, the hugely unpopular Goods and Services Tax (GST) is reduced to 0% by the Malaysian Government.
-On 1st September, Sales and services tax (SST) replaced Goods and Services Tax (GST).
-On 26th November, a riot took place at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Subang Jaya between the property developer and the temple devotees over an issue of relocating the temple.
-On 1st January, smoking ban took effect throughout Malaysia.
-On 13th June, Lee Chong Wei announced his retirement.
-On 6th October, Mugen Rao, an Malaysian artist, won the Big Boss tamil reality TV show.
-On 30th November to 11th December, Malaysia participated in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games with 773 athletes in 52 sports. It ranked 5th among the participating nations with 56 gold medals, 57 silver medals and 71 bronze medals.
Some of the most wonderful things had happened within these past decade, yet there were a number of tragedies too. Just as life itself, the past decade was not a bed of roses but here we are standing strong. Let’s all just respect all the good and bad that has happened in the 2010s, and carry on forward to a brand new decade with more journeys and adventures awaiting!
Written By: Arveen Anbarasan
Cover Photo By: Nu’man bin Abdul Jamil