PETALING JAYA: Miss Astro Chinese International Pageant winner, KTAR student Annabelle Kong Pooi Yee, stood out among the rest of the contestants for a few reasons – her answer during the question and answer segment, her height and her talent routine.
The 20-year-old advanced diploma in technology building student from Ipoh was the only one out of five finalists who answered that she chose knowledge over experience when asked which would give one a good judgment in making a decision.
“You can gain knowledge and learn about many topics just by reading books. It saves you time from learning things from experience, although learning from experience including those of others is also useful,” was how the beauty queen replied when interviewed during the segment on Friday night.
RADIANT SMILES: Miss Astro Chinese International Pageant winner Kong (centre) posing withfirst runner-up Emily Lim (right) and second runner-up Yen Lim in Petaling Jaya on Friday.
She was surprised she had won the title despite her height – she is 162cm tall.
“I know I am not very tall. So I was really surprised. I guess it was my confidence, my answer and being natural that gave me the extra points,” she said.
Kong, who also won the Photogenic Award subsidiary title, has been dancing since she was little and she did a hip-hop dance routine during the pageant held at the Pyramid Convention Centre on Friday night.
Kong, who said she was dumbfounded by her win, had a simple routine to prepare her for the contest.
“I drank lots of water, had enough sleep and stayed happy,” she said.
Does she dream of becoming a TV star, model or famous entertainer like her predecessors?
“My ambition is to become a quantity surveyor,” she said simply.
The contest was the eighth annual gala beauty pageant organised and produced by Astro Wah Lai Toi (Channel 30), telecast live over the channel.
Kong also won RM30,000, a Nissan Cefiro worth RM156,511 and other prizes. She will also represent Malaysia at the Miss Chinese International Pageant 2006 to be held in Hong Kong in January.
First runner-up was Emily Lim Pey Chi, 23, an undergraduate taking a Bachelor of Science course from Malacca, who won RM15,000 and other prizes.
She also won the Elegance Award and Body Beautiful subsidiary titles.
Third place went to administrator Yen Lim Yen Keun, 25, from Kuala Lumpur who received RM10,000 and other prizes.