Although Singaporeans ranked politicians as their top newsmakers of the year, 2019 was really a year when women made a real mark on public sentiments. In Singapore, newly elected DPM Heng Swee Keat was ranked top newsmaker in 2019, as selected by 23% of all Singaporeans. However, the top newsmaker amongst 15-24-year-olds (23%) was NUS student Monica Baey, who grabbed headlines following her decision to speak out about being a victim of a peeping tom at NUS.
Globally, Singaporeans rated US President Donald Trump as their top newsmaker — a huge 50% of Singaporeans ranked him #1, which shows what an all-day diet of Twitter does for your visibility.
Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist who glared at Trump at the UN was selected as the number two global newsmaker by 6% of all Singaporeans but was ranked first by 12% of 15-24 years-old – second behind Trump. Hong Kong political leader Carrie Lam, widely blamed for the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, scored the same as Thunberg.