GENTING HIGHLANDS: Freelance producer Ras Adiba Radzi, 36, bagged the Miss/Mrs Wheelchair Malaysia Pageant 2004 title here on Sunday night.
“I just wanted to join for fun and I am totally surprised I won.
“These pageants are a step forward and open doors for people with disabilities,” she said.
The former TV3 newscaster also won the subsidiary title of Miss Photogenic. She won RM10,000 in cash and gifts.
Twelve finalists were short-listed from a field of 80 contestants for the event, held at the Genting International Convention Centre here.
Second runner-up K. Bathmavathi, 50, a librarian, said she became a paraplegic after being knocked down by a bus when she was 21 years old.
“Since the accident, I have grown to be a very independent person and I am glad to have very supportive siblings,” she said. She won RM2,000 in cash and gifts.
Finalist and Miss Traditional Wear title winner Chan Lai N'gn, 55, had the full support of her family to take part in the pageant.
Chan, who suffered spinal injuries after the birth of her youngest child in 1979, said she decided to participate to show that age did not matter. Chan won gifts worth RM600.
“I was so heartbroken when I had the injury, but decided that I had to move on for my children,” she said, adding that doctors gave her six months to live after delivering her son.
Her husband Yong Kon Yon, 55, daughters Siang Chin, 31, and Sabrina, 28, son Aik Nan, 25 and sons-in-law Low Chee Seng, 34, and Rano Gustaman, 28, accompanied her. Also present were grandchildren Wafa Wafee Kaputeri, two-and-a-half, and Low Zin Yee, three.