Pandemic forces pageant to be postponed

KOTA KINABALU: The traditional Harvest Festival beauty queen pageant (Unduk Ngadau) during Pesta Kaamatan this weekend has been postponed amid objections in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The state-level Kaamatan organising committee chairman Datuk Peter Anthony (pic) said they decided to postpone it as many contestants had sought more time to prepare for the event.

“A new date will be announced later, ” he said in a Facebook post.

Anthony said the decision was also in line with the views of the public against holding the pageant.

On May 24, he announced the Unduk Ngadau pageant would be held through social media site Facebook.

The state Infrastructure Development Minister said then that participants could post videos on the Facebook Unduk Ngadau 2020

page and that seven finalists will compete at the Kadazandusun Cultural Association Centre on May 31.

The plan was for them to be judged by a professional jury and the event broadcast live via Facebook.

This resulted in heavy criticism and an online petition was launched, urging the state organisers to scrap the event.

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