PETALING JAYA: Yong Chee Kong has become a very famous name in Malaysia overnight.
Malaysians are curious to know more about the mysterious individual who reportedly offered to donate two million doses of CoronaVac vaccines to Penang, after Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin dismissed the offer as bogus.
A search of his name on Google Trends, a website by the tech giant that analyses the popularity of top search queries in Google Search across various regions and languages, shows that the term “Yong Chee Kong” recorded a big jump in popularity in Malaysia from Wednesday (May 19).
According to Google Trends, searches for his name by Malaysians over the last week went up from zero to 100 points over four hours from noon to 4 pm on Wednesday.
The numbers represent the search interest relative to the highest point for the selected region and time.
A value of 100 is the peak popularity of the term, while a value of 50 means that the term is half as popular.
A search on Google Maps over Yong’s mailing address in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, showed an ordinary double-storey terrace house on a quiet street.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow had claimed in a press conference on Tuesday that the Health Ministry declined to approve Penang’s request for a private company to sponsor two million Covid-19 vaccine doses from China.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng then…