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Miss Malaysia

Miss Malaysia
Formation1962
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersKuala Lumpur
Location
Membership
Miss Universe
Miss World
Miss International
Miss Earth
President
Elaine Daly
(Miss Universe)
Sean Wong
(Miss World)
Christte Global Marketing (CGM)
(Miss International)
Star Avenue Production
(Miss Earth)

Miss Malaysia is a national beauty pageant in Malaysia.

History

Miss Malaysia represents Malaysia in the Big Four international beauty pageants to select Malaysian representatives at Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, and Miss Earth. The winners of the national pageants are selected at different competitions as each is owned by a different organisation. The winner of these national contests in the Big Four and the Emerging Three hold the title of Miss Universe Malaysia, Miss Malaysia World, Miss Malaysia Earth, Miss International Malaysia.

In 1960 until 1961, the Malaysian representatives for Miss International were chosen from closed election in that era until the Miss Malaysia pageant was established in 1963 where the winner will be sent to Miss Universe while the runners-up will go to Miss World and Miss International. The pageant was no longer exist until 1980 because all the three major titles has their own organisation. In 1960 until 1962, Miss Malaysia was wearing "Miss Malaya" sashes in Miss Universe and Miss International. Malaya also had sent delegates for Miss Universe 1957 until 1961 but they were not considered as the winner of Miss Malaysia and their identity remained unknown due to they were not competing in Miss Universe until in 1962, Malaya sent their official delegate for Miss Universe, she is Sarah AlHabshee Abdullah, Miss Malaya/Universe 1962. Malaysia had once withdrew at the Miss Universe 1963.

Notable winners

Titleholders at Big Four pageants

Malaysia has been represented in the Big Four international beauty pageants, the four major international beauty pageants for women.[1][2] These are Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth.[3][4][5]

Colour Key

  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as Runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the Finalists or Semi-finalists

Representative to Miss Universe

Year Representative Hometown Placement Special Awards
2018 Jane Teoh Jun Penang TBD TBD
2017 Samantha Katie James Kuala Lumpur
2016 Kiranmeet Kaur Baljeet Singh Jassal[6] Selangor
2015 Vanessa Tevi Kumares[7][8][9] Negeri Sembilan
2014 Sabrina Beneett[10] Perak
2013 Carey Ng Sue Mun[11] Putrajaya
2012 Kimberley Ann Estrop Leggett[12] Penang
2011 Deborah Priya Emmanuel Henry[13][14] Kuala Lumpur
2010 Nadine Ann Thomas Selangor
2009 Joannabelle Ng Li Vun Sabah
2008 Levi Li Sun Lin Johor
2007 Adelaine Chin Ai Nee Sarawak
2006 Melissa Ann Tan Swee Yen Malacca
2005 Angela Gan Hui Boon Selangor
2004 Andrea Veronica Fonseka Penang
2003 Elaine Daly Boden Kuala Lumpur
2002 Karen Ang Lit Eit Sarawak
2001 Tung Mei Chin Pahang
2000 Lynette Mei Ling Ludi Sarawak
1999 Jeanette Ooi Phaik Kween Sarawak
1998 Sherine Wong Sook Ling Kuala Lumpur
1997 Trincy Low Ee Bing Kuala Lumpur
1996 Adeline Ong Siew Fong Johor
1995 Suziela Binte Azrai Kuala Lumpur
1994 Liza Isabella Koh Sarawak
1993 Lucy Narayanasamy Selangor
1992 Crystal Elizabeth Yong Kuala Lumpur
1991 Elaine Chew Perak
1990 Anna Lin Mei Yoke Lim Perak
1989 Carmen Cheah Swee Sabah
1988 Linda Lum Chee Ling Perlis
1987 Christine Prugler Sabah
1986 Betty Chee Nyuk Pit Sabah
1985 Agnes Chin Lai Hong Pahang
1984 Latifah Abdul Hamid Kuala Lumpur
1983 Puspa Mohammed Salleh Kedah
1982 Siti Rohani Wahid † Kuala Lumpur
1981 Audrey Loh Yin Fong Perlis
1980 Felicia Yong Penang
1979 Irene Wong Sun Ching Pahang
1978 Yasmin Yusoff Kuala Lumpur Best National Costume
(3rd)
1977 Leong Li Ping Perak
1976 Teh-Faridah Ahmed Norizan Perak
1975 Alice Theresa Cheong Yin Leng Kuala Lumpur
1974 Lily Jeanne Chong Johor
1973 Margaret Loo Tai-Tai Kuala Lumpur
1972 Helen Looi Penang
1971 Yvette Maria Batterman Kuala Lumpur
1970 Josephine Lena Wong Jaw Leng Perak Top 15
  • Expo Queen '70
  • Best in Swimsuit
    (Top 10)
1969 Rosemary Wan Chow Mei Kuala Lumpur
1968 Maznah Binte Mohammed Ali Johor
1967 Mohkam Anne Lowe Siprasome Sarawak
1966 Helen Lee Siew Lien Pahang
1965 Patricia Rose Augustus † Sarawak
1964 Angela Filmer Selangor
1963 Nik Azizah Nik Yahya Terengganu Did not compete
1962 Sarah AlHabshee Abdullah Kuala Lumpur

Representative to Miss World

Year Representative Hometown Placement Special Awards
2018 Larissa Ping Liew Sarawak Top 30
Miss World Malaysia has been managed by newly-appointed licensee and National Director Sean Wong, an award-winning singer-songwriter and social entrepreneur, since 2018.
2017 NO PAGEANT
2016 Tatiana Nandha Kumar[15][16]
(dethroned)
Kuala Lumpur
Shweta Kaur Sekhon (assumed) Kuala Lumpur DID NOT COMPETE
2015 Brynn Zalina Lovett[17][18] Sabah
2014 Dewi Liana Seriestha[19][20] Sarawak Top 25
2013 Melinder Kaur Bhullar Kuala Lumpur
2012 Lee Yvonne Selangor
2011 Chloe Chen Tien Nee Kuala Lumpur
2010 Nadia Min Dern Heng Negeri Sembilan
2009 Thanuja Ananthan[21] Kuala Lumpur
2008 Soo Wincci[22][23] Selangor
2007 Deborah Priya Emmanuel Henry[24][25] Kuala Lumpur Top 16
2006 Adeline Choo Wan Ling Johor
2005 Emmeline Ng Wei Shu Kuala Lumpur
2004 Gloria Ting Mei Ru Sarawak
2003 Wong Sze Zen Kuala Lumpur
2002 Mabel Ng Chin Mei Penang
2001 Sasha Tan Hwee Teng Johor
2000 Tan Sun Wei Kuala Lumpur
1999 Jaclyn Lee Tze We Selangor
1998 Lina Teoh Pick Lim Kuala Lumpur 2nd Runner-up Queen of Asia & Oceania
1997 Arianna Teoh Lai Poh Penang Top 10
1996 Qu-An How Cheok Kuan Kuala Lumpur
1995 Trincy Low Ee Bing Selangor
1994 Rahimah Orchient Yahya Sabah Top 10
1993 Jacqueline Ngu Sarawak
1992 Fazira Wan Chek Selangor
1991 Samantha Schubert Kuala Lumpur
1990 NO PAGEANT
1989 Vivien Chen Leonard Bennett Sarawak
1988 Sue Wong Choy Fun Penang
1987 Sheela Shankar Kuala Lumpur
1986 Joan Martha Cardoza Sarawak
1985 Rosalind Kong Siew Yuen Malacca
1984 Christine Teo Pick Yun Kuala Lumpur
1983 Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng Keng Perak
1982 Nellie Teoh Swee Yang Negeri Sembilan
1981 Cynthia Geraldine de Castro Pahang
1980 Callie Liew Tan Chee Selangor
1979 Shirley Bernaddine Chew Kuala Lumpur Top 15
1978 Noor Kartina Mohammad Osir Sabah
1977 Christine Mary Lim Lim Boey Kedah Withdrew in protest against the presence of a white Miss South Africa
1976 Che Puteh Che Naziaden Terengganu Withdrew in protest against South Africa's race policies
1975 Siti Fauziah Binti Haron Penang
1974 Shirley Tan Kuala Lumpur
1973 Narimah Bte Mohammad Yusoff Johor
1972 Janet Mok Swee Chin † Putrajaya
1971 Daphne Alicia Munro Sarawak
1970 Mary Ann Wong Kedah
1969 Pauline Chai Siew Phin Labuan WITHDREW
1968 NO PAGEANT
1967 NO PAGEANT
1966 Merlyn Therese McKelvie Sarawak
1965 Clara Eunice de Run † Sarawak
1964 NO PAGEANT
1963 Catherine Evelyn Loh Kuala Lumpur Top 10 Queen of Asia and Oceania

Representative to Miss International

The fourth title of local pageant will be crowning as Miss Malaysia International since 2017. The winner represents her country at Miss International. On occasion, when the candidate does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another girl is sent.

Year Representative Hometown Placement Special Awards
2018 Mandy Loo Poh-Jern Penang
  • Perfect Body
    (Top 15)
2017 Annie Wong Wei Wei Sarawak
Miss International Malaysia is under a new organisation since 2017.
2016 Olivia Constance Nicholas Perak
2015 Immaculate Lojuki Sabah
2014 Jayarubini Sambanthan Muthaliyar Selangor
2013 Charissa Chong Su Huey Malacca
2012 Olivia Teng Mei Xian Perak
2011 Celine Phong Sze Ling Perak
2010 Chantalle Chuah Shee Peng Selangor
2009 Tay Tze Meiying Juan Selangor
2008 Tham Huan Zi Wei Labuan
2007 Yennie Lim Nee Penang
2006 Iris Hng Choy Yin Penang
2005 Winnie Chan Wai Ling Negeri Sembilan
2004 Ching Hwei-ru Lim Lee Kuala Lumpur
2003 Ester Lìxúe Jiaying Tan Kedah
2002 Krystal Pang Chia Boon Perlis
2001 Felina Cheah Teck Yoong Penang
2000 Aida Stannis Kazum Sarawak
1999 Andrea Franklin Gomez Sarawak
1998 Yusinta Langdon Samuel Sabah WITHDREW
1997 Jeanette Ooi Phaik Kween Sarawak
1996 Sarimah Rita Omar Perlis
1995 Kartina Yvonne Bowes Dana Kuala Lumpur
1994 Siti Rosita Abdul Wahab Penang
1993 Zahra Lily Iskandar Hashim Kedah
1992 Vinna Chang Poh Hwa Pahang
1991 Aida Waheeda Mohd Adam Perlis
1990 Nur Tiara Ibrahim Nordin Labuan
1989 Rosalinda Anita Halili Aziz Sarawak
1988 Azra Hannah Thomas Tuo Selangor
1987 Marianna Lynn Abdullah Terengganu
1986 Latonia Chang Pei Pei Kedah
1985 Sri Ratnah Sharifah Hassan Sarawak
1984 Jennifer Foong Sim Yong Malacca
  • Miss Friendship
1983 Helen Ann Elizabeth Peters Sarawak
1982 Karen Seet Yeng Chan Terengganu
1981 Gurmit Jasleen Charanjeet Kaur Pahang
1980 Christina Hùifang Joseph Leong Johor
1979 Nancie Juan Lanfen Foo Kuala Lumpur WITHDREW
1978 Farida Husna Abdul Samad Sarawak
1977 Dorothea Chuah Poh Koi Pahang
1976 Siti Fauziah Binti Haron Penang
1975 Jenny Annabelle Tan Kedah
1974 Amy Theresa Sibert Sarawak
1973 Nancy Thong Seow Moi Selangor
1972 Francesca Lee Mei Fung Penang
1971 Catherine Aileen White Kuala Lumpur
1970 Lucy Lorraine Lim Lee Pahang
1969 Pauline Chai Siew Phin Labuan
1968 Maznah Bte Mohammed Ali Selangor
1967 Marjorie Ailyn Rongsank Sarawak
1966 NO PAGEANT
1965 Linda Lim Hong Eng Perlis Top 15
1964 Sofia Binte Mahadi Salleh Pahang
1963 Jasmine Mariam Idris Sarawak
1962 Brenda Maureen Alvisse Perak
1961 Helen Nichole Tan Hong Lean Selangor Top 15
1960 Tunku Zanariah Zena Ahmad Kuala Lumpur

Notes: From 1963 until 1983, the second runner-up of Miss Malaysia pageant will competing in Miss International. In 1984, Jennifer was appointed from Miss Malaysia Universe 1983. Malaysia did not present in the 90s due to lack of sponsorship to send the delegates until in 1999, a new organisation took the license for the Miss International pageant. It called Miss Global International Malaysia.

Representative to Miss Earth

Another separate contest called Miss Malaysia Earth selects winners to Miss Earth.

Year Representative Hometown Placement Special Awards
2018 Jasmine Yeo Suk Peng Sarawak
2017 Cherish Ng Penang
2016 Venisa Judah Sabah
2015 Danielle Wong Kar Wai Melaka
  • Best National Costume
    (Winner - Asia)
  • Best Group Presentation
    (Winner - Asia)
  • Snowman Building
    (1st Runner-up)
2014 Renee Tan Joo May Melaka
2013 Josephine Tan Yee Mei Pahang
2012 Deviyah Daranee Radhakrishnan[26] Kuala Lumpur
2011 Joyce Tay Tze Hui Melaka
2010 Appey Rowenna Januin Sabah
2009 Madelyne Mandy Nandu Sabah
2008 Audrey Ng Perak
2007 Dorcas Amanda Biyu Cheok Sarawak
2006 Alice Chyou Daiyu Loh Malacca
2005 Chun Jamie Pang Johor
2004 Eloise Eu-meh Law Huan Kuala Lumpur
2003 Jasmine Meixiu Lee Kedah
2002 Katarina Pamela Jammal Ramachandran Perlis
2001 Joey Tan Eng Li Penang

Miss Malaysia states number by Win

Rank States Miss Universe Malaysia Miss World Malaysia Miss Earth Malaysia Miss International Malaysia Total
1  Kuala Lumpur 13 16 2 5 36
2  Sarawak 7 10 3 13 33
3  Selangor 6 5 5 16
4  Sabah 3 3 3 2 12
 Perak 6 1 1 4 12
 Penang 4 3 1 4 12
5  Pahang 4 1 1 5 11
6  Johor 4 4 2 10
7  Malacca 1 1 4 3 9
8  Kedah 1 2 1 4 8
9  Perlis 2 0 1 4 7
10  Negeri Sembilan 2 2 1 1 6
11  Labuan 1 1 3 5
12  Terengganu 1 2 3
13  Kelantan 1 1
 Putrajaya 1 1

Achievement for Malaysia's representatives and their placements at the international pageant

Winners

Runner-up / Finalists Top 5 / 6 / 7

  • Sandra Jacqueline Van Geyzel (2nd Runner-up) – Miss Asia Pacific 1969
  • Linda Kaur (4th Runner-up) – Miss Asia Pacific 1975
  • Anne Looi Mooi Kok (4th Runner-up) – Miss Asia Pacific 1979
  • Beatrice Stephanie Hawkins (3rd Runner-up) – Miss Asia Pacific 1981
  • Anita Ann Das (3rd Runner-up) – Miss Model of the World 1989
  • Sazila Binte Mohammad Isa (2nd Runner-up) – Miss Asean 1990
  • Rosita Binti Abdul Samad (3rd Runner-up) – Miss Asean 1991
  • Lavinia Tan Poh Ling (4th Runner-up) – Miss Asia Pacific 1993
  • Susan Marguerite Manen (4th Runner-up) – Miss Tourism Queen of The Year International 1993
  • Rachel Ng Lai Fong (Top 5) – Miss Intercontinental 1994
  • Emelia Rosnaida Abdul Hamid (1st Runner-up) – Miss Tourism International 1994
  • Previtha Thiyagarajah (1st Runner-up) – Miss Tourism Queen of the year International 1995
  • Lavinia Tan Poh Ling (1st Runner-up) – Miss Tourism International 1995
  • Previtha Thiyagarajah (4th Runner-up) – Miss Asia Pacific 1995
  • Rosita Wahab (4th Runner-up) – Miss Model of the World 1996
  • Kimberly Tan Kim Kim (1st Runner-up) – Miss Tourism Queen of The Year International 1996
  • Joey Tan (Top 5) – Miss Chinese International 1998
  • Lina Teoh (2nd Runner-up) – Miss World 1998
  • Oii Bee Bee (3rd Runner-up) – Miss Tourism International 1998
  • Kathleen Cyril (Top 5) – Miss India Worldwide 1998
  • Debbie Goh (Top 5) – Miss Chinese International 1999
  • Jayalaxmi Appadorai (1st Runner-up) – Miss India Worldwide 2000
  • Allysa Law (Top 5) – Miss Chinese International 2001
  • Lyndel Soon Gaid Sim (4th Runner-up) – Miss Tourism International 2001
  • Angela Foo (2nd Runner-up) – Miss Chinese International 2002
  • Samantha Wong (4th Runner-up) – Miss Asia Pacific 2003
  • Vivien Yeo (Top 5) – Miss Chinese International 2004
  • Annabelle Kong (2nd Runner-up) – Miss Chinese International 2006
  • Edwina “Weena” Marcus (3rd Runner-up) – Miss Tourism International 2009 (Miss Tourism Global)
  • Belle Theng (1st Runner-up) – Miss Chinese International 2010
  • Veronica Ling Hsih Lin (2nd Runner-up) – Miss Bikini Summer International 2010
  • Eugenee Ooi Lee Shen (3rd Runner-up) – Miss Tourism Queen of The Year International 2011
  • Lenna Lim (2nd Runner-up) – Miss Chinese International 2012
  • Jun Yong Wan Jun (4th Runner-up) – Miss Tourism International 2012 (Miss Dreamgirl of the Year)
  • Denise Tan (1st Runner-up) – Miss Chinese International 2013
  • Jasveer Sandhu (1st Runner-up) – Miss India Worldwide 2013
  • Amelia Thripura Henderson (1st Runner-up) – Miss Asean 2013
  • Charissa Chong Su Huey (Top 5) – Miss Asean 2014
  • Thaarah Ganesan (4th Runner-up) – Miss Tourism International 2013 (Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan)
  • Jasveer Kaur Sandhu (1st Runner-up) – Miss India Worldwide 2013
  • Zhiny Ooi (Top 5) – Miss Chinese International 2014
  • Anjoe Koh (Top 5) – Miss Chinese International 2015
  • Tanisha Kaur Demour Harjit Singh (4th Runner-up) – Miss Model of the World 2015
  • Kohinoor Kaur Kaittiani (2nd Runner-up) – Miss Cosmopolitan World 2015
  • Wenanita Anggang (1st Runner-up) – Miss Planet 2016
  • Jayarubini Sambanthan (1st Runner-up) – Miss Tourism Sri Lanka International 2016
  • Jane Wong (Top 5) – Miss Southeast Asian 2016
  • Serene Lim (1st Runner-up) – Miss Chinese International 2017
  • Ollemadthee Kunasagaran (4th Runner-up) – Face of Beauty International 2017
  • Channelle Jasmine Wong (4th Runner-up) – Miss Cosmopolitan World 2017
  • Lyn Goh (3rd Runner-up) – Miss Tourism World 2017
  • Tinaprit Kaur Dillon Balwant Singh (Top 5) – Miss Asean Friendship 2017
  • Vanessa Cruez (Top 7) – Miss Asia 2017
  • Nurfashikin Binti Mohd Faisal Gomez (1st Runner-up) – Asia's Next Top Model 2017
  • Ashlyn Tang (Top 6) – Jewel of the World 2018
  • Francisca Ester (4th Runner-up) – Miss Tourism & Culture Universe 2018
  • Kimberly Vung (2nd Runner-up) – World Beauty Queen 2018
  • Chee Chia Weon (1st Runner-up) – Miss International Monspace Cosmos 2018
  • Dior Lam (4th Runner-up) – Miss Tourism Queen Worldwide 2018


Semifinalists

  • Helen Nichole Tan Hong Lean (Top 15) – Miss International 1961
  • Catherine Evelyn Loh (Top 10) – Miss World 1963
  • Linda Lim Hong Eng (Top 15) – Miss International 1965
  • Josephine Lena Wong (Top 15) – Miss Universe 1970
  • Shirley Bernaddine Chew (Top 15) – Miss World 1979
  • Betty Anne Brohier (Top 10) – Miss Asia Pacific 1984
  • Ginny Sim (Top 12) – Miss Chinese International 1992
  • Angie Cheong (Top 10) – Miss Chinese International 1993
  • Rahimah Orchient Yahya (Top 10) – Miss World 1994
  • Cherlyn Koo Mei Eyin (Top 10) – Miss Tourism Queen Of the Year 1994
  • Anita Phang (Top 10) – Miss Chinese International 1995
  • Evan Chin (Top 10) – Miss Chinese International 1995
  • Carol Low (Top 10) – Miss Chinese International 1996
  • Arianna Teoh Lai Poh (Top 10) – Miss World 1997
  • Michelle Tung Mei Ching (Top 10) – Miss Tourism International 1999
  • Carla Soong (Top 10) – Miss Tourism Queen Of the Year 2000
  • Mabel Kang Chor Peng (Top 10) – Miss Tourism International 2000
  • Jacqlyne Chin Kim Lu (Top 10) – Miss Tourism International 2002
  • Jasminder Kaur Chalal (Top 10) – Miss India Worldwide 2002
  • Carrie Lee Sze Kei (Top 10) – Miss Tourism International 2003
  • Melissa Theseira (Top 10) – Miss Tourism International 2004
  • Ivylyn Tan Theng Theng (Top 10) – Miss Tourism International 2005
  • Deborah Henry (Top 16) – Miss World 2007
  • Chantelle Chuah Shee Peng (Top 30) – Miss Model of the World 2007
  • Joanne Chan Cheau Thung (Top 10) – Miss Tourism Metropolitan International 2007
  • Moo Yan Nee (Top 15) – Miss Global Beauty Queen 2007
  • Reneetha Veeraya (Top 10) – Miss India Worldwide 2007
  • Natalie Chiaw (Top 15) – Miss Global Beauty Queen 2008
  • Angela Ching (Top 15) – Miss Tourism International 2009
  • Cassandra Patrick (Top 20) – Miss Tourism Queen International 2009
  • Gabrielle Ashley Boudville (Top 10) – Miss Tourism International 2010
  • Siti Nurrohani Binti Yusof (Top 10) – Miss Asean 2012
  • Melinda Lee Chen Ling (Top 15) – Face of Beauty International 2013
  • Dewi Liana Seriestha (Top 25) – Miss World 2014
  • Cherish Lim Mei Yen (Top 15) – Miss Tourism World 2014
  • Ranjani Rajamanickam (Top 20) – Miss Tourism International 2014
  • Miera Sheikh (Top 10) – Miss Heritage International 2015
  • Jayarubini Sambanthan (Top 15) – Miss Global Beauty Queen 2015
  • Danielle Wong (Top 15) – Supermodel International 2015
  • Tanisha Kaur Demour Harjit Singh (Top 10) – Miss Supranational 2015
  • Janet Fabian (Top 12) – Miss Tourism Queen Of the Year 2015
  • Sherine Tan Sui Hua (Top 11) – Miss All Nations 2016
  • Ranmeet Kaur Jassal (Top 20) – Miss Grand International 2016
  • Jane Teoh (Top 10) – Face of Beauty International 2016
  • Ng Shin Ying (Top 10) – Miss Tourism International 2016
  • Thalia Thin (Top 20) – Miss Tourism Queen Of the Year 2016
  • Devi Rani (Top 10) – Miss Cosmopolitan World 2016
  • Cheryl Joanne Chan (Top 10) – Miss Asia 2016
  • Alice Teh (Top 11) – Miss All Nations 2016
  • Xandria Ban Kah Yee (Top 10) – Miss Tourism Metropolitan International 2016
  • Cheri Lowitz (Top 30) – Miss Supertalent Of The World 2016
  • Sanjna Suri (Top 10) – Miss Intercontinental 2017
  • Su Lee (Top 15) – Supermodel International 2017
  • Jia Ling Lee (Top 30) – Miss Tourism Queen Of the Year 2017
  • Melissa Ng Sook Khuan (Top 10) – Miss Tourism International 2017
  • Adriana Terrence (Top 11) – Miss Eco International 2018
  • Rachael Justin Janggi (Top 21) – World Miss Tourism Ambassador 2018
  • Tanalaksiumy M. Rayer (Top 15) – Miss Glam World 2018
  • Yoyo Lee (Top 20) – Miss Supermodel Worldwide 2018
  • Deanna Ternisha (Top 11) – Miss Tourism Worldwide 2018
  • Vivienna Alfred (Top 10) – Miss Cosmopolitan World Malaysia 2018

Miss Borneo - Malaysia

  • Jessica Kueh Mei Fung (2nd Runner-up) – Miss Diversity Culture International 2014
  • Cheryl Lynn (1st Runner-up) – Miss Southeast Asian 2016
  • Amy Nur Tinie Abdul Aziz (2nd Runner-up) – Miss Lumiere International World 2017

Fatwa ruling in Malaysia

In Malaysia, female Muslims were denied participation in beauty pageants following the issue of a fatwa in 1996 by the Mufti of Selangor, Ishak Baharom.[35] The issue came to a nasty twist in July - September 1997 when four Malay participants joined the Miss Malaysian petite contest, only to be arrested by the authorities. In the ensuing public outcry and debate that followed, the effectiveness of the fatwa was shown given the influence of the Selangor's Mufti over the nation's sharia law.[36] The fatwa resonated with the ideology that Muslim women should cover up private parts of their body, or Aurat of which the beauty pageants' practices ran contrary to - even though such religious enactments also apply to male pageants.

In Kuala Lumpur on 21 July 2013, the organisers of Miss Malaysia World 2013 were forced to drop four of its Muslim finalists following a fatwa prohibiting Muslim women from joining beauty pageants. According to Wan Zahidi, the fatwa prohibiting Muslim women from joining beauty pageants was issued and gazetted under the Federal Territories Islamic Administration Act in February 1996.

In recent years, the National Fatwa Council, the country's highest Islamic body, had also issued rulings forbidding Muslims from using Botox and banned women from exhibiting tomboy behaviour, which it defined as behaving or dressing like men or taking part in lesbian sex.

The council came under heavy scrutiny for its proposal to ban yoga after a university lecturer advised people to stop practising it for fear that it could deviate from the teachings of Islam. The move was met with protests from progressive Muslim women's groups like Sisters in Islam who deemed the fatwas regressive while observers claimed it highlighted the worrying trend of overt Islamisation in Malaysia.[37]

The four contestants are:[38]

  1. Wafa Johanna de Korte, 19, Kuala Lumpur
  2. Sara Amellia Bernard, 20, Perak
  3. Miera Sheikh, 19, Malacca
  4. Kathrina Binti Ridzuan, 24, Kuala Lumpur

Nevertheless, a public outcry ensued, as members of the public questioned the way the religious authorities handled the matter as well as the abrupt ruling which came about – Muslim women in the past had participated in beauty pageants without much protest amongst the religious authorities.[39] This invoked the concerns of Mahathir's who had raised objections to the way the religious authorities had implemented and enforced the law – and questions including distinctions on religious laws and personal freedom were raised.[40] Nevertheless, the fatwa ruling has since been very effective; Muslim women have since then been deterred from joining any beauty pageants.[41] Malaysian beauty pageants, in compliance with the law, similarly denied Muslim individuals from participating.[42] However, Muslim women may still join smaller scale beauty pageant contests such as Dewi Remaja, Miss Intercontinental, and Miss Tourism, provided that they don't display publicly wearing swimsuits.

See also

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