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Miss Malaysia is a national beauty pageant in Malaysia.
|Formation||1960 (Miss International)|
1962 (Miss Universe)
1963 (Miss World)
2001 (Miss Earth)
|Elaine Daly (Miss Universe)|
Sean Wong (Miss World)
Boii Nain (Miss International)
Nazri Abdullah (Miss Earth)
- 1 History
- 2 Participant
- 3 Notable winners
- 4 Titleholders at Big Four pageants
- 5 Miss Malaysia states number by Win
- 6 Fatwa ruling in Malaysia
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Miss Malaysia represents 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.
Requirements for participants in the Miss Malaysia election:
- Malaysian citizen, age 17-24, wearing a hijab (specifically Muslim) and not married with a minimum height of 165 cm.
- Regional participants must reside or come from the region they represent.
- Look attractive / beautiful, smart, and personable.
- Can communicate in Malaysian and English language.
- Preferably those who have special expertise / achievements in a field (for example: music, dance, singing, leadership, language, etc.).
Titleholders at Big Four pageantsEdit
Malaysia has been represented in the Big Four international beauty pageants, the four major international beauty pageants for women. These are Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth.
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as Runner-up
- Ended as one of the Finalists or Semi-finalists
Representative to Miss UniverseEdit
Representative to Miss World Edit
|2019||Alexis SueAnn Seow Su-Yin||Selangor||Top 40|
|2018||Larissa Ping Liew||Sarawak||Top 30|
|2016||Tatiana Nandha Kumar
|Shwetajeet Kaur Sekhon (assumed)||Kuala Lumpur||DID NOT COMPETE|
|2015||Brynn Zalina Lovett||Sabah|
|2014||Dewi Liana Seriestha||Sarawak||Top 25||Miss World Talent|
|2013||Melinder Kaur Bhullar||Kuala Lumpur||
|2011||Chloe Chen Tien Nee||Kuala Lumpur||
|2010||Nadia Min Dern Heng||Negeri Sembilan||
|2009||Thanuja Ananthan||Kuala Lumpur||
|2007||Deborah Priya Emmanuel Henry||Kuala Lumpur||Top 15|
|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|
|1992||Fazira Wan Chek||Selangor|
|1991||Samantha Schubert †||Kuala Lumpur|
|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|
|1966||Merlyn Therese McKelvie||Sarawak|
|1965||Clara Eunice de Run †||Sarawak|
|1963||Catherine Evelyn Loh||Kuala Lumpur||Top 10||Queen of Asia and Oceania|
Representative to Miss InternationalEdit
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.
|2019||Charmaine Chew||Kedah||Miss Photogenic (Top 5)
Best National Costume (Top 7)
Best In Swimsuit (Top 15)
|Miss International Malaysia is under a new franchise and national director since 2019.|
|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|
|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 Peters||Penang|
|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|
|1965||Linda Lim Hong Eng||Perlis||Top 15|
|1964||Sofia 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 EarthEdit
|2019||Nur Haziyah Fatin Ahmad||Sarawak|
|2018||Jasmine Yeo Suk Peng||Sarawak|
|2015||Danielle Wong Kar Wai||Melaka||
|2014||Renee Tan Joo May||Melaka|
|2013||Josephine Tan Yee Mei||Pahang||
|2012||Deviyah Daranee Radhakrishnan||Kuala Lumpur|
|2011||Joyce Tay Tze Hui||Melaka|
|2010||Appey Rowenna Januin||Sabah|
|2009||Madelyne Mandy Nandu||Sabah||
|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 WinEdit
|Rank||States||Miss Universe Malaysia||Miss World Malaysia||Miss Earth Malaysia||Miss International Malaysia||Miss Grand Malaysia||Total|
Fatwa ruling in MalaysiaEdit
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. 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. 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.
The four contestants are:
- Wafa Johanna de Korte, 19, Kuala Lumpur
- Sara Amellia Bernard, 20, Perak
- Miera Sheikh, 19, Malacca
- 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. 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. Nevertheless, the fatwa ruling has since been very effective; Muslim women have since then been deterred from joining any beauty pageants. Malaysian beauty pageants, in compliance with the law, similarly denied Muslim individuals from participating. 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.
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