Kebayas take spotlight at fund-raiser

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 16 Feb 2003


PUTRAJAYA: A myriad of shades coloured the catwalk as the ageless kebaya took centrestage during the Fashion for Education Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) fund-raising dinner on Friday. 

The nyonya kebaya, designed by Steven Ong, wrapped itself stunningly around the 16 Malaysian beauty queens from four decades as they strutted their stuff at the Putrajaya Mariott Hotel. 

The event was organised by Yayasan Wanita Cemerlang.  

“We definitely had a good time. The kebaya is ageless. I was initially worried about whether I could last in these high heels. But people were saying that we (older former beauty queens) still had it,” said Nancie Foo, 45.  

Foo, who was Miss Malaysia/ International 1979, co-ordinated the show, which was choreographed by Miss Malaysia/ Universe 1973 Maggie Loo.  

FOR THE RECORD: Ng holding the Malaysia Book of Records certificate after the show on Friday. With her are (front row) Ena and Yayasan Wanita Cemerlang chairman Rosiland Lee. Behind them are some of the 16 former Malaysian beauty queens who took part in the event.

It was produced by actress Wendy Wong and modelled in four parts. 

The event was endorsed by the Malaysia Book of Records as the “Most Number of Miss Malaysia in a Fashion Show.”  

There was also a contemporary kebaya collection from Carven Ong, which saw the kebaya top being worn with pants, micro-mini and knee-length skirts and ballet tutus.  

Wearing the nyonya kebaya for the first time was newly-crowned Miss Chinese International 2003 Rachel Tan, who wore a pink outfit. 

Among those who attended the event was Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik and his wife Datin Seri Ena Ling who represented Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood. 

Deputy Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister and Yayasan Wanita Cemerlang patron Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen, Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and Transport Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai and their spouses were also present. 

A total of RM1mil was raised. It included RM50,000 from Lee Kum Kee Co Ltd, RM100,000 from Metrojaya Bhd and RM100,000 from Puan Sri Kai Yong Yeoh.  

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