2016 in Malaysia

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The new Warisan Merdeka's KL118 which will now known as PNB118.
A new Ampang Line train sets for Ampang Line extension.

Events in 2016 in Malaysia. 2016 is the 53rd anniversary of Malaysia's formation.


Federal level

State level



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Image of MEASAT-1, Malaysia's first satellite orbiting over Malaysia
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Ola Bola official teatrical poster.
  • 1 January – The price of RON95 down by RM 0.10. The price of RON 97 down by RM 0.20 and Diesel down by RM 0.30.
  • 1 January – Johor and Kelantan bans vape and all vape stores in both state are closed.
  • 1 January – Johor changed its district names. Nusajaya is renamed as Iskandar Puteri. Meanwhile, Kulaijaya and Ledang districts are renamed as Kulai and Tangkak districts.
  • 1 January – A&W drive in restaurant in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan has ceased its premises after 37 years in operation which was begun in 1978.
  • 1 January – The toll collection of the Tun Salahuddin Bridge in Kuching, Sarawak is abolished.
  • 1 January – More people were evacuated in flood-hit Sarawak, raising the number of evacuees to 975 as of noon from 523 in the morning.
  • 1 January – KTM Komuter Northern Sector extends its service from Butterworth to Padang Besar.
  • 2 January – The cabinet decided to halt all bauxite mining operation in Kuantan, Pahang.
  • 4 January – All 120 vape outlets in Johor have ceased operations after various government agencies led by Johor police carried out massive raids since the beginning of the year.
  • 7 January – Four enforcement officers from the Pahang Land and Mines Office were detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for allegedly accepting bribes from illegal bauxite-mining operators.
  • 11 January – Mualim become the eleventh district of Perak.
  • 11 January – Two Malaysians suicide bombers blew themselves up, killing more than 33 others during their assigned missions in Syria and Iraq last week. Prime Minister Najib Razak expressed his shock over reports that two Malaysians were involved in the recent suicide bombings in Iraq and Syria.
  • 11 January – A book on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is launched as part of efforts to enhance the public's understanding over its implementation.
  • 12 January – The MEASAT satellite celebrates its 20th anniversary.
  • 12 January – One people killed and other seriously injured in a crane collapse in Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.
  • 13 January – Terengganu officially declared it is hit by a dengue outbreak.
  • 14 January – The 40th anniversary of the death of the second Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak. The official opening of the interactive gallery at Memorial Tun Abdul Razak by the Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak.
  • 14 January – Two people killed and two others injured in a horrific 19-vehicle pile up in Bandar Damai Perdana near Kajang, Selangor.
  • 14 January – At least six killed after armed men carried out a series of apparently coordinated gun and bomb attacks in Jakarta, Indonesia.
    • Wisma Putra confirms that there are no Malaysians affected by the Jakarta bomb explosions.
    • Police have raised the alert level in Malaysia to the highest degree following today’s attacks in Jakarta.
    • Malaysia strongly condemns the attacks in Jakarta which claimed the lives of several innocent lives. Malaysia expressed its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the families of innocent people who were killed or injured in the attacks.
  • 15 January – Tunku Alif Hussein Saifuddin Al-Amin, third and youngest son of the current Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz died at the age of 31 due to illness. His body was laid to rest at the Seri Menanti Royal Mausoleum in Seri Menanti.
  • 16 January – A man suspected of having links to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is detained by Malaysian police at the Jelatek LRT station in Ampang.
  • 16 January – National explorer Shahrom Abdullah successfully completed a Malaysian Seven Contingents Exploration Club (KE7B) expedition to reach the South Pole in a record 37 days.
  • 16 January – Johor and Selangor police increased their presence at public places following the terrorist attacks in Jakarta, in line with a statement from Inspector General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar that the security alert had been raised to the highest level.
  • 17 January – Police have arrested a 28-year-old insurance agent who planned to carry out a lone wolf suicide bomb attack in Malaysia, in the wake of the terrorist attack by Islamic State (IS) militants in Jakarta, Indonesia on 14 January.
  • 19 January – The National Security Council (NSC) has decided to raise the sensitivity level of the country's security and increase joint police-military patrols at tourist and public areas.
  • 21 January – Mukhriz Mahathir lost the support and confidence of Kedah UMNO as Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) and state party chief, with division leaders citing his weak leadership as reason that he must be replaced.
  • 23 January – Three devotees in a Thaipusam procession from Senawang to Batu Caves were killed when a car crashed into them at the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Expressway, near Sri Petaling. Police are looking for a man in his 20s who hit six Thaipusam devotees with his car at morning, killing three of them and injuring the others. At 7:30 pm, the driver of a BMW suspected of hitting six Thaipusam devotees, killing three of them at the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Expressway at morning has been arrested.
  • 23 January – An estimated 4,000 protesters rallied in Kuala Lumpur in a last-ditch attempt to stop Malaysia from joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement that will be voted on in Parliament next week.
  • 23 January – Three Malaysian students were killed while two others were injured in a road accident in Jordan.
  • 24 January – Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash:
    • A piece of suspected plane wreckage has been found off the coast of southern Thailand, a local official said, prompting speculation it might belong to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished nearly two years ago.
  • 24 January – Police have detained seven people believed to be linked to the Islamic State (IS) group.
  • 27 January – The motion to decide on Malaysia's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) has been passed in the Dewan Rakyat.
  • 28 January – The 2016 Federal Budget recalibration highlights:
      • To increase the people’s discretionary income to cope with the rising cost of living, the Government has agreed to lower the employees’ contribution to Employee’s Provident Fund (EPF) by 3% beginning March 2016 to December 2017. Contribution by employers will remain at 12% (for employees earning above RM5,000) and 13% (for employees earning RM5,000 and below). The new rate means employees have the option of contributing only 8% of their salary to EPF. This is expected to increase private sector spending by RM8 billion a year.
      • However, for taxpayers, the additional discretionary income they get from this will still be taxed.
      • The Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) will establish markets or MyFarm Outlets that sell agricultural produce directly such as fish, poultry, meat, vegetables and fruits at prices between 5% and 20% below market prices. These outlets will be established in 11 locations, the first location being Precinct 7, Putrajaya in March.
      • The Government will liberalise Approved Permits (Aps) for eight agricultural products including coffee beans and meats. This will ensure consistency of supplies for these items.
      • The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (MDTCC) to identify more fair price shops, including foreign and local hypermarkets, and increase the number of these shops from 640 to 1,000 this year.
      • According to Senator Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar, Malaysia’s poverty rate went down to 0.6% last year from 1.7% in 2012. These hardcore poor households may be struggling to cope with the increasing cost of living, hence the MyBeras programme will be introduced where 20 kg of rice will be distributed to these households every month until December 2016.
      • All new housing projects priced up to RM300,000 will be limited to first-time house buyers only, with immediate effect.
      • The Government will organise Integrated House Ownership Expo Roadshows, which will offer more than 100,000 housing units under programmes like the National Housing Department (JPN), 1Malaysia People Housing Programme (PR1MA), Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB), and Perumahan Penjawat Awam 1Malaysia (PPA1M).
      • For houses priced at RM35,000 under the People’s Housing Programme (Projek Perumahan Rakyat or PPR), the Government will offer a financing package at 4% through Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) and Bank Rakyat. This will benefit more than 10,000 house owners.
      • The middle-income earners are not left behind in this revision with the reintroduction of the special tax relief of RM2,000 for individual taxpayers with a monthly income of RM8,000 or below. This is valid for the Year of Assessment 2015 and will benefit two million taxpayers. This was last introduced for Year of Assessment 2013.
      • The National Scholarship Programme for 20 top SPM students to pursue study at renowned universities globally.
      • The Special Engineering Programme for 200 students to Japan, Korea, Germany and France.
      • The Bursary Graduate Programme for 744 students to pursue undergraduate studies in public universities and private institutions of higher learning in the country.
      • The new intake of 8,000 students will be awarded scholarships to pursue undergraduate studies in the country.
      • RM5 billion will be allocated for the National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) for undergraduates,
      • MyBrain15, Academic Training Scheme for Bumiputera (SLAB) and Academic Training Scheme of Public Higher Education Institutions (SLAI) programmes will be continued to intensify investment in human capital,
      • Increase the students from 25,000 overall to: 15,000 new students for the MyMaster programme, 5,000 for MyPhD, and 300 for SLAI. These programmes will be given an additional allocation of RM300 million.
      • The promotion of domestic tourism will be intensified through organising sales of integrated domestic holiday packages.
      • The Government will facilitate the entry of foreign tourists by expediting the implementation of eVisa to several countries which have been identified.
      • Tourists from China will not require a visa to visit Malaysia from March 1 to December 31, 2016 (for a period of stay not exceeding 15 days).
      • Double compliance and auditing efforts on tax evaders,
      • Special consideration for penalty on tax evaders to encourage them to come forward and declare their past years’ income if tax arrears are settled before December 31, 2016,
      • For duty-free islands, the Government will restructure the selling channel of cigarettes and liquors limited to duty-free outlets licensed by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD). This is expected to reduce revenue loss of up to RM1 billion,
      • Free duty treatment on imported vehicles in duty-free islands will be tightened,
      • The Government will optimise the revenue from the telecommunication spectrum through a redistribution and bidding process which will be implemented soon, and
      • Develop several strategic areas owned by the Government through a bidding process to invigorate economic activity.
      • Government will exercise prudent spending on supplies and services and to continue with grant rationalisation. However, the measures were not specified in the Budget 2016 recalibration announcement.
      • The development budget will focus on projects and programmes that place the people first, have high multiplier effect and low import content.
      • Physical projects (including construction of affordable houses, hospitals, schools, roads, public transport and security) to be prioritised. Non-physical projects and projects still under study to be rescheduled. This is expected to reduce cash flow commitments up to RM5 billion.
  • 28 January – Ola Bola, Malaysia's first sports film has 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.
  • 29 January – Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash:
    • The debris found in Besut is not from MH370


Tugu Negara, the Malaysian National Monument
  • 1 February – The retail price of RON95 and RON97 petrol and diesel reduced by 10 sen, 20 sen and 25 sen respectively.
  • 1 February – The directive follows video that went viral involving an express bus driver who allegedly abused a passenger last Monday (25 January) for allegedly sleeping in his seat during a journey from Malacca to Penang.
  • 3 February – Mukhriz Mahathir is relinquish his post as Menteri Besar of Kedah.
  • 3 February – Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah resigns as a Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperation and Consumerism and Senator.
  • 4 February – Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah is sworn in as a new Menteri Besar of Kedah.
  • 4 January – Twelve countries including Malaysia have officially signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 5 February – Pop singer, Stacy marries pop singer Akim Ahmad.
  • 6 February – A Malayan tiger was killed crossing the East Coast Expressway Phase 2 (LPT2) between Kerteh and Paka at about midnight.
  • 8 February – The Tugu Negara (National Monument) celebrates its 50th anniversary.
  • 8 February – A 50-metre bridge across Sungai Kopok which is the main access bridge for residents in Kampung Perigi Acheh, near Pasir Gudang, Johor collapsed, leaving about 500 people stranded.
  • 10 February – Dead whale found at Pantai Rambah near Pontian, Johor.
  • 11–17 February – Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak made his working visit to the United States to attend a United States-ASEAN Special Leaders' Summit in Sunnylands, California
  • 13 February – Sabah police arrested 520 individuals in a massive joint operation to weed out criminal elements at one of the biggest settlements for immigrants in the state. Six of those arrested, including a woman, are nabbed for investigation under the Security Offences (Special Measure) Act 2012.
  • 16 February – Proton Holdings Berhad recalls almost 100,000 units of its Exora, Preve and Suprima S models to fix the CFE oil cooler hoses.
  • 19 February – Government has suspended the recruitment of all foreign workers, including those from Bangladesh, pending a review of the levy and rehiring programme.
  • 21–28 February – Several parts of Sarawak were hit by flash floods.
  • 22 February – Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak celebrates his 40 years of his involvement in the political arena.
  • 21 February – A lorry driver rammed his heavy vehicle into 22 cars and two motorcycles to drive through the congested area near the Taman Berjaya market, Nibong Tebal, Penang, causing all the smaller vehicles to be badly damaged. On 23 February, a lorry driver, G Mathan finally surrendered to the police. He pleaded not guilty by the Jawi Magistrate's court.
  • 25 February – The Malaysian Insider website has been blocked by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) as it violates the law.
  • 26 February – A Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) CN-235 makes its emergency landing and crashed near the coast of Kuala Selangor, Selangor. All eight crew members are saved. Meanwhile, a fisherman drowned in his attempt to rescue the survivors of the CN-235 crash. On 27 November, RMAF has set up an Investigation Board Team to look into the incident of an CN-235 aircraft emergency landing at the Kuala Selangor coast.
  • 26 February – UMNO suspended Muhyiddin Yassin as deputy president owing to his continued open criticism of the party leadership.
  • 29 February – Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad quits UMNO party.



Dr Zakir Naik, an Indian Muslim preacher.



Upcoming events

The Light Rail Transit System (Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan) (STAR LRT)
Kuala Lumpur Tower.

National Day and Malaysia Day

National Day theme


National Day parade


Malaysia Day celebration




See also


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