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.
Get to know the trio by turning to pages 21+24+25 of Heat+ Issue 47.
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.”