Chole Chen, the new Miss Malaysia World 2011 with her French mother Jean
Paul Ting, franchise holder for Miss Malaysia World, held a press conference on the spot
Her beautiful crown and sceptre were sponsored by Beverly Tan of TKS Singapore
Kee Hua Chee with the 3 winners
Leading couture designer Carven Ong with the new Miss Malaysia World who will wear his gown at the grand finals in London this November.
One for the judges' albums
Kee Hua Chee with second runner-up Chua Yee See and first runner-up (right) Pamela Tam
WATCH THE ENTIRE SHOW WHICH WILL BE BROADCAST ON ASTRO CHINESE CHANNEL WLT ON 25 SEPTEMBER 2011 AT 1 PM!
PART 2; THE CORONATION
Kee Hua Chee with the outgoing Miss Malaysia World 2010 Nadia Heng
Nadia Heng in Carven Ong
Pretty as a picture
The best of French and Chinese!
Paul Ting, Thanuja, Chloe Chen, Maggie Loo and Winnie Loo
Bet everyone is admiring Thanuja's leg!
You want a third and final look? OK
A kiss for the Most Beautiful
From 25 to just these terrific threesome
All 25 plus Paul Ting, K.S Lee and Maggie Loo
The top 3
All finalists coming to congratulate the winners
Chloe Chen's first victory walk
Shower of confetti as the name is announced
Maggie Loo giving bouquet of flowers which I think was a waste of effort as the florals were too big, covered the sash and worse, no one could see the flowers due to the wrapping papers and we did not come to see a flower show!
Just so you know, the cheque flaunted the amount RM 200,000 cash, not prizes and gifts
Top stylist Winnie Loo went on stage to fix and pin the crown
The crown seemed slippery
Even Paul Ting and K.S Lee tried to fix the crown so she could do the parade
Nadia Heng crowning her successor
Nadia Heng congratulating Chloe Chen
Pinning the sash
The sash must be pinned before she could sit
Chloe Chen covered her mouth as she gasped when her name was mentioned
Only 3 left...
Which one of us will get the crown?
All 25 on stage for the subsidiary titles
IT WAS JUST AS WELL I WENT WITH JUDGE AND TOP DESIGNER CARVEN ONG AS I THOUGHT THE EVENT WAS AT SUNWAY RESORT, HOTEL AND SPA GRAND BALLROOM! BUT THAT WAS DEEMED TOO SMALL BY FUSION EXCEL THE PRESENTER AND PAUL TING THE MISS MALAYSIA WORLD FRANCHISE HOLDER.
MIND YOU, FUSION EXCEL HAS OVER A HUNDRED THOUSAND MEMBERS SO ALL 1,500 TICKETS SOLD OVERNIGHT AND SUNWAY PYRAMID CONVENTION CENTRE WAS PACKED TO THE RAFTERS.
AS WE ARRIVED, CARVEN AND I WERE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED FUSION EXCEL HAD ARRANGED FOR HIM TO PARK RIGHT OUTSIDE THE ENTRANCE TO S.P CONVENTION CENTRE! IT SAID A LOT ABOUT THE ORGANISER'S PROFESSIONALISM TO EVEN TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE PARKING FACILITIES FOR JUDGES AND SPECIAL GUESTS!
The children dancers at their finale
What a colourful panorama
The finale parade in Von Jolly costumes
Airy fairy swirl
A dramatic wisp of red for a grand exit
Sportwear for a game of racquet
Hoopla hoop lovelies
Dramatic headgear for Islamic wear
The Islamic fashions were fabulous!
Worthy of a Sultanah or Empress
AS IT WAS, CARVEN AND I SIMPLY ENTERED THE BACKSTAGE DIRECTLY AS THE DOOR WAS RIGHT NEXT DOOR. HOWEVER THIS WAS NOT THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE CONVENTION CENTRE WHICH WAS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE.
THE SHOW STARTED PROMPTLY AT 7PM DUE TO BUKA PUASA AT 7.26PM. EARLIER THERE WAS A FUSION EXCEL EVENT FOR NEW AND OLD MEMBERS. DINNER STARTED ON THE DOT OF BUKA PUASA. THE GUEST OF HONOUR WAS HENG SEAI KEI THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF THE MINISTRY OF WOMEN, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.
THE SHOW STARTED WITH 'WAU BULAN', THE TRADITIONAL MALAY DANCE TUNE FROM MY HOME STATE KELANTAN BUT THE MUSICIANS STUNNED THE AUDIENCE AS THEY WERE FROM 3 RACES! THE MALAY MUSICIANS USED THEIR TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTS WHILE THE CHINESE AND INDIANS USED THEIRS! TRULY A CASE OF 1MALAYSIA! WELL DONE, PAUL TING AND MAGGIE LOO AND HER HUSBAND LIM NAM AIK!
Clarke Gamo, 11, sang 'Ben' and this was followed by 'We Are the World' sung by Clarke, Fusion Excel directors and guests on stage. Each of the 25 finalists had to answer the obligatory question and I was amazed at their response. Almost all spoke eloquently (relatively!) and produced great answers. Their 1-month stay had worked wonders as each was composed and confident and none made a blunder as I was hoping. Like I said, I like seeing beauties in distress so I can come to their rescue...
Anyway since I was betting on Chloe Chen, I paid particular attention to her. Her question was how she would like to be remembered. She replied charmingly, "I want to be remembered for my big heart, my compassion and kindness. I also want to be known for my involvement in the environment. The environment is very important as we depend on it for our own survival so we must look after it for our children and future generations. I also believe in recycling everything we can so as not to waste our resources."
This was followed by children dancers which was marvellous and a treat to watch. I had never seen a lion dance performed by little kids nor an Indian peacock dance by children. Mind you, all proceeds are going to Hope for Children charity so this show was superbly suitable!
The subsidiary titles were announced; Miss Talent was Doreen Tan, Miss Photogenic was Janet Bennet, Miss Congeniality was Lillian Lee, Miss Personality was Kohinoor Kaittiani, Miss Beach Beauty was Evelyn Huan and Miss Beauty with a Purpose (the slogan of Miss World) was Chua Yee See.
The top 5 were Evelyn Huan, Chua Yee See, Yvonne Lee, Pamela Tan and my favourite Chloe Chen Tien Nee. She looks mat salleh as her mother is French just as Nadia Heng's mother is English. All these Eurasians look so divine, so unfair for the pure Chinks and other races!
Each was asked the same, final question; Why should you be chosen?
Chua Yee See replied, "I used to be an introvert and not a stage person so I dedicated myself into becoming a better person. Now I am bold and confident!"
Pamela Tan also suffered from stage fright. "I now have the courage to be the real me with the right training and I am keen on charity work."
Chloe Chen declared she had passion and ability and am committed and responsible. "To be heard you must listen first. I am a good listener and am determined to be the voice of the less fortunate."
Yvonne Lee insisted she was beautiful inside and out. "I am intelligent, know a lot and compassionate so I am fit to be the next Miss World!"
Evelyn Huan too wanted to help children and motivate them. I used to be scared of standing in front of people and talking to a crowd. Now I am doing just that and I have a voice."
After the coronation, I asked Chloe if she expected to win. She said excitedly, "No, not at all. Even being in the Top 5 seemed like a dream. I just did my best."
What about her RM 200,000? "I will settle my education loan of RM 28,000 which is the most important and then plan for the rest!"
Congratulations and bring that crown home from London!