Published by Kwong Wah Yit Poh on 10th Oct 2015.
A marine scientist who aspires to be a fitness model, a law graduate who put herself through college and a public relations practitioner with a business administration degree – these are the standouts in the recently held Miss Malaysia Tourism 2014 pageant in Kuala Lumpur.
They triumphed over a field of 18 contestants, edging out the competition with their beauty, charm, personality, wit and brains. All of them are worthy winners who had proven themselves well before they took part in the beauty pageant.
The three winners of this year’s Miss Malaysia Tourism 2014 pageant share their stories of early successes in life and their aspirations for greater achievements.
Miss Malaysia Tourism 2014 Ranjani Rajamanickam, from Kota Kinabalu, conducts environmental impact studies as a marine scientist, but behind the stodgy white lab coat lies a vibrant personality who believes in exercise. She has worked her way to a great physique and she plans to take this a step further by becoming a fitness trainer.
Miss Malaysia Tourism Queen of the Year Shirley Hew, 24, is an aspiring lawyer who comes from humble beginnings. She is the fourth of five siblings and her parents operate a small coffee shop in Serdang. She spent two years after SPM working as a stewardess with Singapore Airlines (SIA) to save money for her A-Levels.
Miss Malaysis Tourism Metropolitan Joey Ong Ai Ee holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Banking and Finance degree from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman in Kampar, Perak. She also has a diploma in accounting.
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Hobbies: Swimming, singing and dancing
Ambition: Flight attendant
THE first of this week’s finalists, 20-year old Penangite Cherish Ng, sees the Miss Malaysia Tourism pageant as a big opportunity for her.
Like her name suggests, she cherishes the chance given to her and believes that doing well in the pageant will take her a step closer to fulfilling her dreams.
“I think it will be a dream come true if I can be a flight attendant someday and travel around the world; to see and experience cultures other than my own,” she said.
“The experiences that I will gain from this pageant will help me mature and develop as a person.”
Having recently graduated with a degree in business administration, she is now keeping busy by taking on part-time modelling work at events. One interesting fact about her is that she knows a little French.
·What is your favourite television show?
“I enjoy watching the Next Top Model reality television shows.”
l Where is your favourite hangout?
“I like to relax on sandy beaches like Batu Ferringhi.”
·Where is one place in the world you would like to visit?
“I want to go to Paris, France to see the Eiffel Tower, because it is such a romantic destination.”
Hobbies: Playing badminton, shopping, listening to music
Ambition: To be successful in her endeavours
HAILING from Miri, Sarawak, is 25-year-old business administration masters student Joeyce Hii, who hails from Miri, Sarawak. She decided to join the pageant after hearing about it through her university.
“I took an interest in Miss Malaysia Tourism because I love to travel and it would be an excellent opportunity to show the world our beautiful country, heritage and culture,” she said.
This nature lover has a great appreciation for Malaysia’s untouched rainforests and looks forward to promoting the nation’s eco-tourism.
Her features can be attributed to her multi-ethnic heritage of Chinese, Kenyah and Kayan blood. She also speaks nine languages.
“My free time is usually spent with my family and friends because these are the people who are really important to me and make my life special.”
·What is one thing you have always wanted to try?
·What is your favourite type of music?
“I enjoy listening to sentimental songs, electro house music and R&B.”
·What is your favourite animal?
“I love rabbits.”
Hobbies: Going to the gym, listening to music, reading
Ambition: To obtain her PhD
ROUNDING up this week’s finalists is 24-year-old environmental scientist Ranjani Rajamanickam of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
“I joined Miss Malaysia Tourism as a way to boost my self-esteem, as well as to step outside my comfort zone and express myself.”
“Since it is Visit Malaysia Year 2014, I can also take the opportunity to promote what our country has to offer to the world,” she said.
Having lived in peninsular Malaysia for over five years now, she works as an environmental consultant for corporate clients.
This dedicated nature and animal lover seeks to contribute to the environment in any way she can and hopes to obtain her PhD qualification in the field of study someday.
Outside of work, she is a self-proclaimed fitness freak who frequents the gym and enjoys a spot of reading and listening to music.
·What is your favourite childhood game?
“Hide and seek.”
·What is one thing you have always wanted to try?
“Modelling. I have done photoshoots before, but I have never experienced being on the runway.”
l If you could have one super power, what would it be?
“I would like to have healing powers, so I can help wounded animals or injured people.”
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Hobbies: Acting, enjoying food, listening to music
ASPIRING actress Kao Yu Ling sees the Miss Malaysia Tourism pageant as a challenge that can help her improve herself as a person.
This marketing executive used to work part-time as a model for two years and has already taken her first steps into showbiz by landing small roles in several local drama series.
“Ever since I was young, it has been my passion to be on the silver screen,” she said.
“But I consider myself a little shy, so to overcome that weakness and work on my acting skills, I have been taking dance classes.”
The Johor lass enjoys listening to bossa nova music and she admits to being nervous but excited about the experience at Miss Malaysia Tourism 2014.
“This pageant will be quite the adventure, so I need to mentally prepare myself for it,” she added.
·What is your favourite movie?
“The Mask, starring Jim Carrey.”
·What is one skill you would like to learn?
“The Korean language.”
·What is one superpower you would like to have?
“To have a strong body like Superman.”
Hobbies: Reading, singing, hanging out with friends
LAW student Shirley Hew is not one to shy away from the spotlight and hopes to do well in the pageant with her bright and sociable personality.
Hailing from Seri Kembangan, Selangor, she made the decision to join the pageant while waiting to receive her licence to practise law.
“I am particularly interested in criminal law and I hope to be able to work on court cases at some point in my career,” she said.
“I am quite a talkative person who loves meeting new people, so I’m eager to make new friends at Miss Malaysia Tourism pageant.”
Hew loves hanging out with friends and spending time with her family, but also enjoys travelling from time to time.
Having participated in singing contests in the past, she definitely enjoys singing just for fun.
·Who is your favourite celebrity?
“Hong Kong actor Jackie Chow.”
·What is one of your biggest fears?
“Exams! Especially if there are questions I cannot answer so I get nervous about the results.”
·Where is your favourite place to hang out?
“I like hanging out at coffee places. The nice, quiet environment is great for reading a book or meeting friends.”
Hobbies: Dancing, reading, modelling
Ambition: To be successful in whatever she does
JOHOREAN Alice Teh hopes to do her family proud when she participates in the Miss Malaysia Tourism 2014 pageant finals in August.
“I’m very excited to have this opportunity to make new friends and impress everyone on stage,” she said.
Though she feels a little nervous about the question-and-answer segment that comes with beauty pageants, she is nevertheless elated to be selected as one of this year’s finalists.
She has been modelling part-time for three years and although she no longer has much time to spare for such jobs, she still finds it an interesting experience.
“I also know how to dance a bit of cha-cha and other ballroom disciplines, thanks to my mother who is a dance instructor,” she added.
·What is your favourite type of food?
“I love Malaysian food, no matter if it’s Indian, Malay or Chinese. I’m proud of what my country has to offer.”
·Where is the one place in the world you would like to visit?
·What is your favourite type of music?
“I love songs like Say Something by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera, as well as River Flows in You by Korean pianist Yiruma.”
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Hobbies: Gym, jogging, giving manicures
Ambition: Professional model
HAILING from the southern state of Johor, young contestant Youmiko Ooi sees the upcoming Miss Malaysia Tourism pageant as an opportunity to try something new in her life.
The cheerful 19-year-old currently works as a part-time promotional model but hopes to make it big in the field someday.
“For the time being, I work as a freelance model at various events. But I definitely want to improve my modelling skills and, hopefully, turn professional one day,” she said.
She enjoys giving her friends manicures from time to time and she also does her best to keep fit by going to the gym and jogging regularly.
“I guess you could say that I am quite an active person. It is important to stay healthy, especially for the work that I do,” she added.
l What is your favourite food?
I love to eat ice-cream.
l Where is one place you would like to go on vacation?
l Do you prefer hot or cold climates?
I think I like cold climates more.
Hobbies: Singing, drawing, reading
Ambition: To be successful in whatever she does
BUBBLY and confident Valerie Liam may have joined the Miss Malaysia Tourism pageant at her sister’s urging, but she has no regrets and is enjoying every minute of it.
“I feel quite honoured to be selected for the pageant and I am going to do my very best so that I can hopefully represent my country on the international stage,” said the Pahang lass, who described herself as optimistic and friendly.
She leads an interesting life, earning money as a part-time singer, travelling between her hometown and Kuala Lumpur to sing at various dinner functions and similar events.
“When I am not on stage, I’d be helping my sister at her shop doing make-up and nail art for customers,” she added.
Singing remains a large part of her life, and she also enjoys sketching and reading books in her free time.
l What is your favourite type of weather?
I like the winter season in countries like Australia.
l What do you dislike the most?
I hate conflicts with other people.
l Who is one celebrity you would like to meet?
Celine Dion! She is my favourite singer and I love all her songs.
Hobbies: Reading, playing with her dog
Ambition: Flight attendant
ROUNDING up this week’s contestant profiles is 23-year-old Esther Khuan, who is excited to be joining her first pageant.
“A good friend of mine told me about Miss Malaysia Tourism and asked me to give it a shot. I was really, really happy when I was selected because it is my first time doing something like this,” she said.
The Perak lass currently works as a marketing and events coordinator in Kuala Lumpur, but dreams of being able to travel around the world someday as a flight attendant — an ambition befitting the Miss Tourism pageant.
“I love going out and communicating with others, and I love travelling. I cannot just sit still and do paperwork all day behind a desk,” she said.
In her spare time, she enjoys sitting down to read a good book and playing with her beloved Shih Tzu.
l What is your favourite genre of music?
I love listening to K-Pop. I am a big fan of Big Bang.
l What is one skill you would like to learn?
I want to learn how to play musical instruments, particularly the piano and guitar.
l What is your favourite hangout spot?
I like hanging out at cafes. It’s the perfect setting for chatting with good friends.
Miss Malaysia Tourism Pageant 2014 Finalists is on The Star English newspaper, 15th July 2014
check out what our finalists, Angel Tee, Sonia Ashwini and Lilienne Hoo have said
Hobbies: Reading, shopping
ENTERING one’s 20s is typically viewed as entering the adult world and Angel Tee’s first steps into the next phase of her life take her directly into the limelight as one of the contestants in the Miss Malaysia Tourism Pageant 2014.
“I would not describe myself as an adventurous person but I thought it would be an interesting experience. This is definitely the first time I have done something so outgoing and spontaneous,” the Pahang-born lass said.
So far, she is having plenty of fun meeting new people, learning how to carry herself in public and addressing a crowd.
“My ambition is to be an accountant so I am not too sure how this fits into the bigger picture, but for now I am just going with the flow and living it,” she said, adding that her favourite subject is mathematics.
·Do you have any pets?
A golden retriever named Cute Cute.
·What were you doing on National Day last year?
I was working as a freelance model at an event.
·Where in the world do you most want to visit?
Paris, because I have been hearing so many nice things about it from friends and family.
Hobbies: Dancing, singing, acting
BEING on stage is Lilienne Hoo’s dream since she was seven years old, thanks to Taiwanese pop star Jolin Tsai.
“When I first heard her songs and watched her music videos, I felt so inspired that I wanted to become an artiste. I started taking singing, piano and drama classes after that and continue to look up to her until today,” she said.
Currently, she is waiting for replies from higher education institutions in Taiwan and South Korea where she applied to study performing arts.
She is also a competitive person and enters singing, dance and talent competitions every chance she gets, sometimes up to three in a month.
The Miss Malaysia Tourism Pageant 2014 is merely another in the long list of competitions for this Pahang-born lass, who is taking this opportunity to learn how to represent a brand and generally improve herself.
·What is your favourite music genre?
I love K-pop in general and the band CNBLUE.
·What was your favourite childhood game?
·What is the most important value for any person to have?
Humility, because one can learn and experience more by being humble.
Hobbies: Photography, cooking, sketching
Ambition: Film director
EDUCATION is the key to opening doors and the first step in widening one’s horizons. This is certainly the view of Sonia Ashwini, a student majoring in broadcasting.
“I was a shy person before college but after joining a mass communication course, I started to come out of my shell. Today, I am a more confident person who is more willing to try new things,” she said.
The Miss Malaysia Tourism Pageant 2014 that she is competing in is the most outgoing thing she has done since gaining her newfound confidence.
“Surprisingly, I am not nervous. Instead, I feel excited about it. Being in a pageant has always been a dream of sorts for me, especially after seeing so many on television when I was younger,” she added.
Her ambition however is to be behind the camera rather than in front of it, particularly in the advertising industry where she hopes to create inspirational commercials.
·Are you following any television series?
I like Devious Maids because the women look pretty and sexy.
·What famous person do you most want to meet?
Beyonce, because she is inspiring both on stage and as a person.
·What superpower would you like to have?
The ability to fly, so that I can visit many places.
Ticket for Miss Malaysia Tourism Pageant 2014 National Grand Final Show is NOW ON SALE.
Date : Saturday, 23rd August 2014
Venue : Dorsett Grand Subang, Selangor Grand Ballroom
Time : 7.30pm
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Congratulations and all the best to them in the Miss Malaysia Tourism Pageant Grand Final on 23rd August 2014 at Dorsett Grand Subang Hotel.
The Winner and 1st Runner-up will be representing Johor State to participate in Miss Malaysia Pageant 2014 on 23rd August 2014 at Dorsett Grand Subang Hotel.