The people and events of 2019, in pictures.
While still in the New Year mood, Malaysians were dealt the shocking news of Sultan Muhammad V's resignation as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 6, a first in the nation's history.
Decades of bad blood between the Johor palace and Dr Mahathir Mohamad appeared to have been buried on Jan 10 as Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar drove the prime minister in a 34-year-old Proton Saga, a gift to the ruler's father during Mahathir's first term in office.
It was a year of winning streaks for Barisan Nasional after its fall from power in 2018. It won in Cameron Highlands in January, Semenyih in March, Rantau in April and Tanjung Piai in November.
Barisan Nasional's Ramli Mohd Nor is sworn in to become Malaysia's first Orang Asli MP.
Members of a Hazardous Material Disaster Management team inspecting Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang, Johor. Toxic pollution at the river saw thousands hospitalised and schools closed in the area. Four people were charged with the crime of chemical waste dumping.
Orang Asli protests against logging activities continued, with this group of protesters gathering near their village at Kampung Tasik Cunex in Gerik, Perak, on May 16.
The surprise appointment of human rights lawyer and former PKR politician Latheefa Koya as head of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission drew praise and brickbats alike.
SM Mohamed Idris, the grand old man of Penang and one of Malaysia’s most prominent consumer advocates, died on May 17 at the age of 93.
After more than four decades on the throne, Pahang's Sultan Ahmad Shah died on May 22 at the age of 88. His son, Tengku Abdullah, was named his successor before becoming the 16th Agong following Sultan Muhammad V's shock resignation.
Najib Razak's rebranding under the 'Malu Apa Bossku?' tagline gathered steam despite dozens of charges against him related to the 1MDB scandal.
In June, Malaysia's most decorated badminton player, Lee Chong Wei, announced his retirement after revealing last year that he is battling cancer.
There's no politics in Malaysia without sex and videos. Viral clips showing two men engaging in homosexual activities were soon followed by claims by former PKR member Muhammad Haziq Abdul Aziz that they were of him and Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali. Azmin has denied the claims and a police probe has been left hanging.
Since being named as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has proven to be the people's monarch. He frequently stops his royal motorcade to check on road accident victims.
Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was formally installed as the country's 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, just two months after becoming the Pahang ruler.
The disappearance of Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin from her hotel room in Seremban sparked a frantic search operation which ended in tragedy when she was found dead in a nearby forest.
After months of uncertainty, Putrajaya renewed the licence of Australian rare earths plant Lynas Malaysia, albeit with conditions.
Controversial Indian Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik, who has sought refuge in Malaysia, continued to hog the headlines. In August, his response to calls by non-Muslim leaders for his deportation earned him a police investigation and gag order.
A proposal to introduce khat, the calligraphic form of the Jawi script, in vernacular schools, incensed non-Malay educationists. The government's subsequent announcement that it would be replaced with Jawi failed to calm critics.
Malaysia's biggest Malay-Muslim parties, Umno and PAS, signed a historic accord bringing a formal end to their decades-old rivalry on Sept 14.
Tucked among modern skyscrapers, Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur proved a hard nut to crack as the government continued its bid to develop the area. In October, the government made a final offer to landowners of RM1,000 per square foot.
Veteran rights lawyer P Uthayakumar took up the case of three men killed during a police shootout on Sept 14 in Batu Arang, Selangor, challenging the official version of events.
In October, the country's oldest Malay daily Utusan Malaysia and its sister paper Kosmo! ceased publication in what would herald a series of downsizing activities in the media industry.
Police arrest 12 individuals including two DAP assemblymen over alleged links to the now-defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam group, sparking an internal conflict in Pakatan Harapan.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad with the 2020 Budget document after it was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat.
An anti-smoking group celebrates after the High Court dismisses an attempt by a rival group to challenge the smoking ban at public eateries. From Jan 1, 2020, smokers violating the ban will be fined RM250.
The 'flying car', passionately promoted by Entrepreneur Development Minister Redzuan Yusof, failed to take off in November after the Civil Aviation Authority put its foot down.
December began with startling allegations of sexual assault against PKR president Anwar Ibrahim by his former research assistant, Muhammed Yusoff Rawther. A criminal probe for molest is underway.
Malaysia's SEA Games chef de mission Megat Zulkarnain Omardin apologises after Malaysia’s dismal performance and failure to meet its 70-gold target.
Former US president Barack Obama in Kuala Lumpur on his third visit to Malaysia, this time to speak to participants at an event hosted by his Obama Foundation.
Najib Razak takes a religious oath at Masjid Jamek in Kampung Baru in the wake of a claim by convicted murderer Azilah Hadri that the former prime minister ordered him to kill Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.