MALAYSIA welcomed a new beauty queen in 20-year-old Ng Shin Ying who took the Miss Malaysia Tourism 2016/17 crown as the clocked chimed in the country’s National Day.
She will go on as a hopeful for the Miss Tourism International crown during the pageant’s World Final on Dec 31 this year in Putrajaya.
Currently studying for a degree in information technology, Ng was asked to talk about promoting Malaysian culture during the articulation segment after the top five finalists were announced.
“We should feature our culture and colourful heritage through a reality television show because I believe there is nothing that can spread awareness faster locally.
“At the same time, this can also be broadcast overseas. That is how the world will know about Malaysian culture,” she delivered smoothly within the 30 seconds allotted.
The other two winners of the night were Thalia Thin, 18, who was crowned Miss Malaysia Tourism Queen of the Year 2016/17 while Tiong Li San, 17, became Miss Malaysia Tourism Metropolitan 2016/17.
Thin and Tiong will also go on to compete in their respective pageant world finals this year, with Thin’s taking place in Shanghai in November and Tiong’s in Cambodia, also in November.
During the press conference, the three pageant queens expressed gratitude to their family, friends and the organisers of the event, D’Touch International Sdn Bhd, for supporting them throughout their journey towards their respective crowns.
“My favourite and most memorable part of this experience was visiting the House of Joy orphanage where we got to spend some time with the children.
“I was happy because the children were so happy,” Ng shared during the press conference after her win.
Thin said the visits to the various sights around the capital city throughout the pageant rated very high on her “best local experiences” list.
“That we were all able to just be ourselves during this time was great. I also felt that visiting Kuala Lumpur and seeing all that we did was an enriching experience and made me more patriotic, which was what made the journey memorable,” she said.
Tiong concurred that her time in the pageant, in the company of her fellow contestants within the beautiful sights of the country’s capital, was a memory she treasured.
As winners, they each took home a cash prize of RM5,000, a crown, sash, trophy as well as Asia Metropolitan University scholarships and skincare products.
Throughout the duration of the national-level pageant held from Aug 18 to 31, the delegates engaged in numerous tourism promotional activities including a city tour and even recording the pageant’s theme song Believe which they performed at the finale.
Miss Tourism International president Tan Sri Danny Ooi said the pageant, which started in the mid 1990s, was a great tourism product on its own.
“It is a great way to promote our country, its culture as well as friendship with other nations,” he said.
Mah Sing Group Bhd, as the pageant’s presenter and official lifestyle developer, was represented on stage by its chief executive officer and executive director Ho Hon Sang.
“Tourism is one of the main economic contributors in our country and this pageant supports it.
“Our participation in this pageant also reflects our belief in building up young people, which is what this pageant is also about,” he noted.
The event’s guest of honour Tourism Malaysia deputy director general (advertising and digital) Datuk Abdul Khani Daud applauded all the pageant’s contestants, calling them all winners even if they did not get the crown.
“Pageants are a way to aspire women to embark on a self-discovery journey and as such, the knowledge you gain and the friends you make here are treasures you have acquired, so I believe all of you are already winners,” he said.