Top 10 news and 2012 newsmaker - you decide

Despite the fact that Dec 21, 2012 marks the end of the Mayan calendar, the world did not end today. That's good news as Malaysiakini readers get to welcome 2013 and more importantly, vote on the Top 10 news and the newsmaker of this year.

It is a tradition that, come end of December, Malaysiakini takes our readers through the best and the worst news of the year.

top 10 news and newsmaker of the yearAmong the major news in 2012 are the Bersih 3.0 protest, the surprise verdict of Anwar Ibrahim's Sodomy II trial, and corruption galore headlined by the RM40 million Sabah Umno ‘donation', among others.

Like last year, we are letting you decide the top 10 headline-grabbers of 2012. There are 18 news categories listed in alphabetical order.

You vote by showing your preference for each item - ‘0' being the lowest and ‘10' the highest. Go ahead, take one last look at 2012 before moving on to an even more exciting 2013.

Also, don't forget to vote for the Newsmaker of the Year.

Do remember that a newsmaker does not necessarily have to be the most popular individual. He or she is one whose actions consistently make news headlines, and in so doing effects the course of public discourse and creates an impact in Malaysian politics, either for better or worse.

This year, there are 10 candidates. Interestingly two candidates also appeared in last year's list: S Ambiga and Rosmah Mansor.

Others on this year's list include Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and her family, her nemesis PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli, and for the first time, a place - Dataran Merdeka, the hallowed ground for all Malaysians.

Take your pick. Register your vote now! Only paying subscribers are allowed to vote and everyone has one vote each for the two polls.

Top 10 news of 2012 - vote here

Newsmaker of the Year - vote here

Results will be revealed on Dec 28.