Michael Fay, the American teenager whose caning for vandalism caused an uproar between the United States and Singapore, is the readers' choice as the top newsmaker of the year, Singapore's Straits Times newspaper said Saturday.

Fay was caned after his conviction for spray-painting parked cars.More than 80 percent of the 19,770 readers who took part in the Straits Times Newsmakers of the Year contest named him as the person who had the most impact on newspaper headlines.