2016 in Malaysia
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Events in 2016 in Malaysia. 2016 is the 53rd anniversary of Malaysia's formation.
- Yang di-Pertuan Agong: Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah of Kedah
- Raja Permaisuri Agong: Tuanku Haminah Hamidon of Kedah
- Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong : Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan
- Prime Minister: Dato' Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak
- Deputy Prime Minister: Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
- Johor :
- Kedah :
- Kelantan :
- Perlis :
- Perak :
- Pahang :
- Selangor :
- Terengganu :
- Negeri Sembilan :
- Penang :
- Malacca :
- Sarawak :
- Sabah :
- 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
- 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.
- 1 March – The RON 95 reduced at RM1.60 per litre (15 sen down compared to February), RON 97 at RM1.95 per litre (10 sen down), diesel at RM1.35 per litre (unchanged) and EURO 5 diesel at RM1.45 (unchanged).
- 1 March – Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) celebrates its 50th anniversary.
- 2 March – Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash:
- 3 March – The first feature film of popular local children's animated TV series BoBoiBoy: The Movie has made it into the Malaysian Book of Records for raking in more than RM 500,000 in ticket sales on the first day of its release.
- 4 March – Former Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohammad and longtime political enemies, opposition leaders and civil society signs the Malaysian Citizens' Declaration to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation from office.
- 6 March – The groundbreaking ceremony of the Johor Forest City in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor by the Sultan Ibrahim Ismail of Johor. The project will be duty-free status.
- 8 March – The second anniversary of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash
- 9 March – A partial solar eclipse occurred in Malaysia.
- 10 March – Official opening of the ÆON Mall Shah Alam in Shah Alam, Selangor.
- 11 March – Former Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohammad terminated as a Petronas advisor by the Najib Razak's cabinet. The decision is made following his recent actions which are contrary to the country’s laws and constitution.
- 11 March – Four people in a family were killed in an accident involving two vehicles at KM106 of the Tun Razak Highway near Bandar Muadzam Shah, Pahang.
- 13 March – Five people drowned and another 23 were reported safe after two boats capsized in Sungai Serusup, Panimbawan near Tuaran, Sabah.
- 13 March – More than 20 vehicles belonging to spectators of the Super League football match between Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) and the police (PDRM) at Hang Jebat Stadium were badly damaged after being rammed into by a trailer at Lebuh SPA highway, Malacca.
- 16 March – The new Warisan Merdeka project is officially launched by the Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak. The 118 story building will be known as PNB118. The project will be undertaken by the nation's largest fund management company, Pemodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) and expected to be completed in 2024.
- 17 March – Award-winning action heroine Michelle Yeoh has been appointed as a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador.
- 18 March – The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) has condemned the vote in the French National Assembly to impose a discriminatory tax on palm oil produced in the developing world, especially Indonesia and Malaysia.
- 21 March – All schools in Kedah and Perlis are ordered to close for two days due to extreme hot and dry weather.
- 21 March – Prime Minister Najib Razak launched the Jelajah Pendidikan Bumiputera 2016 programme, which is set to benefit 150,000 underprivileged SPM and STPM school-leavers with the chance to pursue tertiary education in 10 institutions in the country.
- 25 March – Former Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is appointed as a new Petronas advisor effective 1 April replacing Mahathir Mohammad.
- 29 March – A man was burnt to death when his BMW 6 Series caught fire as he was sleeping inside the car at the toll plaza of the Sprint Expressway's Damansara Link.
- 29 March – Taxi drivers staged a protest in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur as they were protesting against ride-hailing apps Uber and GrabCar. Later, police have detained five taxi drivers who took part in a protest against Uber and Grabcar in Bukit Bintang.
- 29 March – Negeri Sembilan's Undang Luak of Johol, Datuk Mohd Jan Abdul Ghani is sacked from his post.
- 30 March – Maldives President, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom made his official visit to Malaysia and meets his counterpart Najib Razak in Putrajaya.
- 31 March – Opening of the Ampang Line extension (Stage 2) from Kinrara to Puchong.
- 31 March – Former Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohammad resigns as a Proton chairman.
- 31 March – Socio-political activist and writer, Marina Mahathir received the Legion of Honour award from the French government.
- 1 April – The RON95 increased at RM1.70 per litre (10 sen higher from the current price) while RON97 increased at RM2.05 (10 sen higher).
- 1 April – The Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) celebrates its 70th anniversary.
- 1 April – Four crewmen from a Malaysian boat are kidnapped by armed Filipino gunmen near Ligitan Island off Semporna in the east coast of Sabah.
- 2 April – Former Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad arrived the anti-Goods and Services Tax (GST) rally organised by Pakatan Harapan which also demands for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak.
- 3 April – Malaysian Moto3 rookie rider, Khairul Idham Pawi wins the Moto3 Argentine motorcycle Grand Prix. It is the first Malaysian to win podium in the world motorcycle championship.
- 4 April – A total of 77 schools in three districts in Sabah are closed due to the haze.
- 5 April – Eight people were injured in the LNG tank explosion in Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur.
- 5 April – Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice president and also Pandan Member of Parliament, Rafizi Ramli was arrested in front of the Parliament House for the alleged wrongful communication of classified documents. He was arrested under Section 8 of the Official Secrets Acts (OSA), which relates to wrongful communication of an official secret.
- 7 April – The giant baby panda which was born in Zoo Negara seven months ago is named "Nuan Nuan" (friendly).
- 9 April – Rayani Air suspended its operations temporarily in order to restructure the airline's management.
- 11 April – All 259 schools in Perlis, as well as the districts of Jerantut and Temerloh in Pahang, have been ordered by the Ministry of Education to close for a day due to extreme hot weather.
- 11 April – Police barred controversial Indian Muslim preacher, Dr Zakir Naik from giving a lecture at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) in Ayer Keroh, Malacca on 17 April. However, he will be allowed to go on as the topic has been changed.
- 15 April – Nearly 40,000 people attended an Indian Muslim preacher, Dr Zakir Naik's final lecture in Padang Astaka, Kemaman, Terengganu. Meanwhile, a Christian girl, Wu Nina Grace converted to Islam after attending the Dr Zakar's final lecture in Padang Astaka.
- 16 April – Nearly 30,000 people attended an Indian Muslim preacher, Dr Zakir Naik's lecture at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.
- 17 April – More than 20,000 people thronged the main hall of the Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) in Ayer Keroh, Malacca to listen to the much anticipated lecture by renowned Indian Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik entitled 'Islam - Problems and Solutions to Humanity'.
- 22 April – TV9 celebrates its 10th anniversary.
- 23 April – Sarawak Chief Minister, Adenan Satem declares Sarawak Day as an public holiday for the state on 22 July.
- 25 April – The Sultan was revoked 'Datuk Seri' title for Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman.
- 27 April – Senior deputy Bank Negara Malaysia governor Muhammad Ibrahim has been appointed as a governor of the nation's central bank replacing Zeti Akhtiar Aziz effective on 1 May.
- 28 April – High jumper, Nauraj Singh Randhawa shattered the national record to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after winning gold at the Singapore Open.
- 28 April – Æon Group opens the first Aeon Mall in Kelantan and in East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia in Kota Bharu.
- 1 May – Senior deputy Bank Negara Malaysia governor Muhammad Ibrahim has been appointed as a governor of the nation's central bank replacing Zeti Akhtiar Aziz.
- 1 May – Malaysian no.1 badminton ace, Lee Chong Wei wins the Asian Badminton Championships in Wuhan, China after beating Chen Long, 21-17, 15-21, 21-13 in the final.
- 5 May – Facebook, the social media giant, opens its local office in KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur.
- 5 May – A helicopter, believed to be ferrying VIPs, including a deputy minister, from Betong to Kuching, Sarawak, has gone missing from radar near the Sebuyau district. Among those believed to be onboard are: Plantation Industries and Commodities Deputy Minister Noriah Kasnon, Noriah’s husband Asmuni Abdullah, Kuala Kangsar Member of Parliament Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad, Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry secretary-general Sundaran Annamalai and Noriah’s bodyguard Ahmad Sobri Harun.
- 6 May – 2016 Sebuyau helicopter crash:
- 7 May – 2016 Sebuyau helicopter crash:
- The second body recovered from the helicopter crash has been identified as Sundaran Annamalai.
- 7 May – The 2016 Sarawak State General Election: Barisan Nasional (BN) wins a two-third majority in the election. BN secured a 72-seat majority in the 82-strong state assembly in the election. Adenan Satem is sworn in as a Chief Minister.
- 7 May – A freak storm hits Dengkil, Selangor.
- 8 May – 2016 Sebuyau helicopter crash:
- The fourth and fifth bodies recovered from the Batang Lupar river in Sarawak have been identified as belonging to Kuala Kangsar Member of Parliament Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad, and Noriah Kasnon's husband Asmuni Abdullah.
- Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar's remains was flown back to Perak and was laid to rest at Al-Ghufran Royal Mausoleum near Ubudiah Mosque, Kuala Kangsar.
- 9 May – KTM Intercity's popular train service Ekspres Rakyat (Butterworth - KL Sentral - JB Sentral - Woodlands, Singapore) has ceased its operations after 40 years in service.
- 11 May – UMNO celebrates its 70th anniversary of the foundation.
- 12 May – Several parts of Kuala Lumpur including Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim and Jalan Bangsar were hit by flash floods.
- 14 May – The world's largest aircraft, Antonov An-225 "Mriya" landed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
- 14 May – Johor Darul Takzim FC wins Malaysian FA Cup for the first time after beating PKNS FC 2-1 in the final. Johor declares a public holiday on 15 May following JDT's victory.
- 15 May – Malaysian superbike rider, Zulfahmi Khairuddin wins second place of the 2016 Motul Superbike FIM World Championship at Sepang Circuit.
- 17 May – A Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) training aircraft, Aermacchi MB339CM crash in a paddy field in Nenasi, Pahang. Two crewmen ejected to safety prior to the crash.
- 17 May – More than 30 people were evacuated from a commercial aircraft at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang following a bomb threat.
- 18 May – A new prefix of registration number - "F" and "V" — will be assigned for the Federal Territories of Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur vehicles in June and July respectively.
- 20 May – Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash:
- The massive search for Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean is expected to be completed by early August.
- 19 May – A prison inmate escaped from custody while being treated at the Kajang Hospital, Kajang, Selangor. On 21 May, he was recaptured at a building near a construction site at Bandar Sri Damansara, Petaling Jaya.
- 20 May – Convicted murderer Jabing Kho was executed after the latest appeal was dismissed by the Singapore Supreme Court. His body was brought back to Miri, Sarawak and laid to rest at Kuala Baram Muslim Cemetery.
- 21 May – The remains of 32 Australian citizens buried in the Commonwealth War Graves in Terendak Camp, Malacca were exhumed.
- 22 May – A freak highway crash occurred at the North-South Expressway Southern Route, near the Simpang Ampat Interchange in Alor Gajah, Melaka. The attitude of some Malaysians during an accident at the expressway toll exit has sparked uproar among netizens for using the emergency lane, which allegedly lead to death of two motorists. The selfish needs of some drivers, who blocked the emergency lane, delayed the first ambulance by and hour and the second by almost three hours to get to get to the accident victims.
- 24 May – A freak storm hits Perlis state.
- 31 May – The remains of 32 Australian citizens that were buried in the Commonwealth War Graves in Terendak Camp, Malacca have been flown home to Australia.
- 1 June – Construction works of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line has now begun.
- Middle 2016 – Launching of the new version of Proton Perdana (codename: Proton P4-90B).
- Middle 2016 – Completion of Pasir Puteh Sentral in Pasir Puteh in Kelantan
- Middle 2016 – Construction works of the LRT 3 Bandar Utama-Klang Line will begin.
- 1 June – Astro will celebrate its 20th anniversary of the direct broadcast satellite (DBS) Pay TV service.
- 18 June – The Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-elections.
- 20 June – Petaling Jaya will celebrated its 10th anniversary of the city status.
- 30 June – Opening of the Kelana Jaya Line extension from Kelana Jaya to Putra Heights and Sri Petaling Line extension stage 3 from Bandar Puteri to Putra Heights.
- 1 July – The RM1,000 minimum wage for Peninsular Malaysia and RM920 for Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan, will come into effect. This marked a RM100 (11 per cent) increase for the peninsula, and a RM120 (15 per cent) increase for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.
- 6 July – FELDA will celebrated its 60th anniversary.
- 22 July – Sarawak Day becomes as an official public holiday in Sarawak.
- 31 July – The Hari Pahlawan (Warriors Day) celebration will be held at the National Heroes Square, Putrajaya for the first time.
- 5–21 August – Athletes from Malaysia will compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- 8 September – The Light Rail Transit System (Sistem Transit Aliran Ringan) (STAR LRT) celebrates its 20th anniversary.
- 1 October – Kuala Lumpur Tower will celebrate its 20th anniversary.
- Late 2016 – Construction works of the Gemas-Johor Bahru Electrified Double Tracking Project (EDTP) will begin. The project will be implemented by the Chinese company, China Railway Construction Company (CRCC).
- 31 December – Official opening of the Phase 1 of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line from Sungai Buloh to Semantan.
National Day and Malaysia Day
National Day theme
National Day parade
Malaysia Day celebration
- 15–17 January – 2016 EurAsia Cup
- 19–24 January – 2016 Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold
- 30 January – 14 May – 2016 Malaysia FA Cup
- 13 February – 2016 Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Cup
- 26 February - 6 March – 2016 BMW Malaysian Open
- 24 February - 2 March – 2016 Tour de Langkawi
- 13–15 May – 2016 Motul Superbike FIM World Championship, Sepang Circuit
- 22–31 July – 2016 Sukma Games, Sarawak
- 7 August – The Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur International Marathon 2015
- 30 September – 2 October – 2016 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix
- 28–30 October – 2016 Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix
- 20 November – Penang Bridge International Marathon 2016
- TBA – 2016 Putrajaya ePrix (2016-17 FIA Formula E Championship)
- 15 January – Tunku Alif Hussein Saifuddin Al-Amin – third and youngest son of the current Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz
- 26 January – Khalid Atan – Malaysian Trades Union Congress President
- 3 February – Datuk Seri Junus Wahid – former Perak State Legislative Assembly Speaker
- 3 February – Datuk Mohd Zulkephli Mohd Noor – Malaysian Ambassador to Switzerland
- 8 February – Datuk Yaakob Mohammad – former UMNO And BN Executive Secretary
- 12 February – Hamid Awang – Malaysian Army hero during Sarawak Communist Insurgency in 1973
- 15 March – Abdul Rahman Othman (Man Dayak) – drummer of the Lefthanded rock band
- 18 March – Datuk Adnan Abu Hassan – composer and musician
- 19 March – Neng Yatimah – veteran actress
- 8 April – Mr Os (real name: Mohd Yusof Abdul Hamid) – comedian and actor
- 22 April – Ayah Pin (real name: Ariffin Mohamad) – religious sect leader and founder of Kerajaan Langit (Sky Kingdom) in Besut, Terengganu.
- 25 April – Samantha Schubert – former Miss Malaysia World 1991 pageant, model and actress
- 4 May – Tunku Puteri Sharifah Salwa binti Almarhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalulail – eldest sister of current Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin
- 5 May – 2016 Sebuyau helicopter crash:
- Noriah Kasnon – Deputy Minister of the Plantation Industries and Commodities and also Sungai Besar Member of Parliament
- Asmuni Abdullah – Noriah Kasnon's husband
- Sundaran Annamalai – Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry secretary-general
- Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad – Kuala Kangsar Member of Parliament
- Ahmad Sobri Harun – Noriah Kasnon's bodyguard
- 15 May – Aminah Manaf – Wanita UMNO Bagan Datoh chief
- 30 May – Ghani (Freedom) (real name: Ghani Karim) – guitarist of Freedom band.
- 30 May – Sutung Umar RS – author
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