Drama, a love story and a cicak.
How old were you ten years ago? Chances are, you were old enough to remember certain things that happened in 2006 like the deaths of Saddam Hussein, Steve Irwin and James Brown. Movies like Casino Royale, Happy Feet and Superman Returns were released. Oh, Ne-Yo released his debut album, Taylor Hicks won American Idol and Shakira's hips stopped lying. Also, Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock got divorced and it was one very dark year for Britney Spears. But let's take a look at what happened in 2006 that probably affected us Malaysians more than others.
LCCT WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED
Hurrah! Before KLIA 2 came into play and made us all gasp and pant before finally reaching our designated departure gate, there was Sepang’s Low Cost Carrier Terminal. Less than 7 months into its operation, it bagged the The Capa Low-Cost Airport of the Year award. But because of the amount of cheapskates people opting for budget airlines, it had to be replaced by KLIA 2 (the world's largest purpose-built terminal dedicated to low-cost carriers) in 2014.
PETALING JAYA ATTAINED CITY STATUS
Petaling Jaya (fondly known as PJ or one-way central) became the second city in Selangor after Shah Alam and Dato' Ahmad Termizi Puteh became the first mayor of Petaling Jaya. Some of the criteria required to attain the city status include having a population of more than 300,000, financial independence with an annual income of RM80mil, at least 25 cafes as well as having historical and cultural significance. We might’ve made that café bit up.
If you're wondering what the difference between a city and a municipal council is, refer to the table below:
THE MAJESTIC LORD MURUGAN STATUE AT BATU CAVES WAS UNVEILED
During the Thaipusam festival of 2006, what is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in our country was unveiled. Standing tall at a height of 140 feet, the statue costs about RM2.5 million and is made of 250 tonnes of steel bars, 300 litres of gold paint and 1550 cubic meters of concrete.
DATUK SITI NURHALIZA MARRIED DATUK KHALID MOHD JIWA
The nation’s pop darling broke the hearts of many when she tied the knot with Datuk K. To make things worse for depressed male hopefuls, it was Malaysia’s first wedding of a local artiste to be broadcast live on television, so it was pretty much rubbed in their faces. A lot of people were fussing over their 20-year age gap and also because Datuk K already had a wife and four kids, but we reckon they were just jealous.
CICAK MAN AND GUBRA WAS RELEASED
Malaysia's first comedy-superhero film hits cinemas. Directed by KRU's Yusry and starring Saiful Apek, Cicak Man actually went on to have two sequels and according to Yusry, there may even be a Cicakman 4. So to all of the eight fans of the series, rejoice! Also, Gubra, the sequel to Sepet directed by the late Yasmin Ahmad which was shot in just an impressive 14 days was released.
TV9 BEGAN BROADCASTING
TV9 was initially known as Channel 9 which began broadcasting in 2003 but then halted operations in 2005 to “restructure its debts and corporate organisation”. It was then re-branded and re-launched in 2006.
THESE MOVIES WERE RELEASED
Image Credit : imgur.com
Borat, The Da Vinci Code and Superman Returns were released. Naturally, Borat was banned from our local cinemas.
THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS PERFORMED IN MALAYSIA
And naturally, because of their “pakaian tak senonoh”, rage ensued. Absolute Entertainment, the band’s promoters were charged RM10,000 because they let the dolls perform “sexually suggestive” routines in front of a crowd of innocent concert-goers who before this, had never been “exposed” to so much skin. Those poor scarred souls! Former national hero and Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Rais Yatim was quoted to have said, "I believe the way the Pussycat Dolls behaved onstage amounted to gross indecency."
THE TRAGIC "MYSTERIOUS" MURDER OF ALTANTUYA SHAARIBUU
Image: Al Jazeera
Erm... we can't won't say much, but we certainly will say this - let justice be served.
ITALY WON THE FIFA WORLD CUP
Forza Italia! Remember the finals against France? It was the first time since 1978 where neither Germany nor Brazil made it to the finals and also the first all-European final since 1982. More importantly, this was the match where Zidane head-butted Materazzi which gave birth to an insane amount of GIFs, memes and even a statue.