Miss Malaysia

Miss Malaysia

Miss Malaysia represents Malaysia in two of the major international pageants.

Miss Universe is a beauty pageant run by the New York-based partnership between NBC and Donald Trump.

Miss World is a beauty pageant created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951 and since 2000, Morley's wife, Julia Morley, co-chairs the pageant.

The winners of the national pageants are selected at different competitions as each is owned by a different organization. Usually, the Miss Malaysia Universe pageant is held earlier to coincide with the Miss Universe pageant and the Miss Malaysia World pageant later on in the year. The winner of these contests holds the title of Miss Malaysia Universe or Miss Malaysia World for a one year term.


Miss Universe Malaysia Titleholders

Miss Universe Malaysia, a national beauty pageant that began in 2010, replaced the Miss Malaysia Universe title after Andrea Fonseka took over the Miss Universe Malaysia Organization and became the National Director. The winner of the pageant represents Malaysia at the Miss Universe contest.

The pageant had undergone a 'revamp' in January 2010, launching into online reality shows, garnering much interest from international pageant fans. The reality show is entitle "BeautyCamp", and the Final Gala Night was held on November 10, 2011 at Sunway Convention Centre. Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 is Kimberley Leggett of Penang. She will represent the country in Miss Universe 2012.

Year Name Age Height Hometown Placement/Award
2012 Kimberley Ann Estrop-Leggett 18 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Penang TBA
2011 Deborah Priya Henry 26 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Kuala Lumpur Unplaced
2010 Nadine Ann Thomas 23 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Subang Jaya Unplaced

Miss Malaysia Universe Titleholders

Former titleholders of Miss Malaysia Universe includes Elaine Daly, Andrea Fonseka, Trincy Low, Dato' Anna Lin and the only Malaysian semi-finalist in the Miss Universe pageant Josephine Lena Wong in 1970.

Joannabelle Ng Li Vun was the last titleholder before the pageant being re-branding and take over by the new National Director, Andrea Fonseka who was Miss Malaysia Universe 2004.

Year Name Placement/Award
2009 Joannabelle Ng Li Vun Unplaced
2008 Levy Li Su Lin Unplaced
2007 Adelaine Chin Ai Nee Unplaced
2006 Melissa Ann Tan Unplaced
2005 Angela Gan Unplaced
2004 Andrea Fonseka Unplaced
2003 Elaine Daly Unplaced
2002 Karen Ang Lit Eit Unplaced
2001 Tung Mei Chin Unplaced
2000 Lynette Mei Ling Ludi Unplaced
1999 Jeanette Ooi Unplaced
1998 Sherine Wong Sook Ling Unplaced
1997 Trincy Low Unplaced (Top 34/74 Preliminary Competition)
1996 Adeline Ong Unplaced (Top 61/79 Preliminary Competition)
1995 Suziela Azrai Unplaced (Top 74/82 Preliminary Competition)
1994 Liza Koh Unplaced (Top 57/77 Preliminary Competition)
1993 Lucy Narayanasamy Unplaced (Top 64/79 Preliminary Competition) and Top 10 Best National Costume
1992 Crystal Yong Unplaced (Top 63/78 Preliminary Competition)
1991 Elaine Chew Unplaced (Top 65/73 Preliminary Competition)
1990 Anna Lin Unplaced (Top 49/71 Preliminary Competition)
1989 Carmen Cheah Swee Unplaced
1988 Linda Lum Chee Ling Unplaced (Top 29/66 Swimming Suit Preliminary)
1987 Christine Praglar Unplaced (Top 33/68 Swimming Suit Preliminary)
1986 Batty Chee Unplaced (Top 19/77 Swimming Suit Preliminary)
1985 Agnes Chin Lai Hong Unplaced
1984 Latifah Abdul Hamid Unplaced (Top 59/81 Swimming Suit Preliminary)
1983 Puspa Mohamed Unplaced (Top 47/80 Swimming Suit Preliminary)
1982 Siti Rohani Wahid Unplaced (Top 71/77 Swimming Suit Preliminary)
1981 Audrey Loh Unplaced (Top 55/77 Swimming Suit Preliminary)
1980 Felicia Yong Unplaced (Top 63/69 Swimming Suit Preliminary)
1979 Irene Wong Unplaced (Top 46/75 Swimming Suit Preliminary)
1978 Yasmin Yussuf Unplaced and 2nd Runner-up Best National Costume
1977 Leong Li Ping Unplaced
1976 Teh Faridah Ahmad Unplaced
1975 Alice Cheong Unplaced
1974 Lily Chong Unplaced
1973 Maggie Loo Unplaced
1972 Helen Looi Unplaced
1971 Yvette Bateman Unplaced
1970 Josephine Lena Wong Jaw Leng Top 15, Expo Queen and Top 10 Best in Swimsuit
1969 Rosemary Wan Chow Mui Unplaced
1968 Maznah Mohammed Ali Unplaced
1967 Monkam Anne Lowe Siprasome Unplaced
1966 Helen Lee Siew Lien Unplaced
1965 Patricia Agustus Unplaced
1964 Angela Filmer Unplaced
1963 Nik Azizah Nik Yahya Did Not Competed
1962 Sarah AlHabshee Abdullah Unplaced

Miss Malaysia World titleholders

Many Miss Malaysia World title holders have gone on to find success in other fields of the entertainment industry. These include Michelle Yeoh – one of the most extremely successful Asian actress worldwide, Erra Fazira – the current Queen of Malay Cinemas, Lina Teoh, Arianna Teoh, Jaclyn Lee, Tan Su Wei, Gloria Ting, Emmeline Ng, Deborah Priya Henry, Thanuja Ananthan and Soo Wincci.

The current title holder of Miss Malaysia World is Chloe Chen.

Year Name Placement/Award
2011 Chloe Chen Top 30 Miss World Beauty With A Purpose
2010 Nadia Heng
2009 Thanuja Ananthan Top 12 Miss World Top Model, Top 40 Miss World Beach Beauty and Top 20 Miss World Beauty With A Purpose
2008 Soo Wincci Top 32 Miss World Top Model, Top 19 Miss World Talent
2007 Deborah Priya Henry Top 16 Miss World Final, Top 21 Miss World Beach Beauty and Top 16 Miss World Sport
2006 Adeline Choo Wan Ling
2005 Emmeline Ng Wei Shu 1st Place overall for Miss World Sports Competition
2004 Gloria Ting Mei Ru
2003 Wong Sze Zen
2002 Mabel Ng Chin Mei
2001 Sasha Tan Hwee Teng
2000 Tan Su Wei
1999 Jaclyn Lee Tze Wey
1998 Lina Teoh Pick Lim 2nd Runner-up and Queen of Asia & Oceania
1997 Arianna Teoh Lai Poh Top 10
1996 Qu-An How Cheok-Kuan
1995 Trincy Low Ee Bing
1994 Rahima Orchient Yayah Top 10
1993 Jacqueline Ngu
1992 Fazira Wan Chek
1991 Samantha Schubert
1989 Vivian Chen Shee Yee
1988 Sue Wong Choy Fun
1987 Sheela Shankar
1986 Joan Cardoza
1985 Rosalind Kong Siew Kuen
1984 Christine Teo Pick Yoon
1983 Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng
1982 Nellie Teoh Swee Yong
1981 Cynthia Geraldine de Castro
1980 Callie Liew Tan Chee
1979 Shirley Chew Top 15
1978 Kartina Osir
1977 Christine Mary Lim Lim Boey
1976 Che Puteh Naziadin
1975 Fauziah Haron
1974 Shirley Tan
1973 Narimah Yusoff
1972 Janet Mok
1971 Daphne Munro
1969 Pauline Chai
1966 Merlyn McKelvie
1965 Clara De Run
1963 Catherine Loh Top 15

Fatwa ruling

In Malaysia, female Muslims were denied participation in beauty pageants following the issue of a fatwa in 1995 by the Mufti of Selangor.[1] The issue came to a nasty twist in July–September 1997 when three Malay participants joined the Miss Malaysian petite contest, only to be arrested by the authorities. In the ensuing public outcry and debate that followed, the effectiveness of the fatwa was shown given the influence of the Selangor's Mufti over the nation's sharia law.[2] The fatwa resonated with the ideology that Muslim women should cover up private parts of their body, or Aurat of which the beauty pageants' practices ran contrary to–even though such religious enactments also apply to male pageants.

Nevertheless, a public outcry ensued, as members of the public questioned the way the religious authorities handled the matter as well as the abrupt ruling which came about–Muslim women in the past had participated in beauty pageants without much protest amongst the religious authorities.[3] This invoked the concerns of Mahathir's who had raised objections to the way the religious authorities had implemented and enforced the law–and questions including distinctions on religious laws and personal freedom were raised.[4] Nevertheless, the fatwa ruling has since been very effective; Muslim women have since then been deterred from joining any beauty pageants.[5] Malaysian beauty pageants, in compliance with the law, similarly denied Muslim individuals from participating.[6] However, Muslim women may still join smaller scale beauty pageant contests such as Dewi Remaja, Miss Intercontinental and Miss Tourism, provided that they don't display publicly wearing swimsuits.


  1. ^ Arskal Salim, Azyumardi Azra (2003). Shari'a and Politics in Modern Indonesia. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. p. 178. ISBN 9812301879. 
  2. ^ Ariel Heryanto, Sumit Kumar Mandal (2003). Challenging Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia: Comparing Indonesia and Malaysia. Routledge. p. 143. ISBN 0415309417. 
  3. ^ Norani Othman. "Islam and the State in Malaysia: A Problem of Democratization and Pluralism". Institut Kajian Malaysia dan Antarabangsa, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. http://www.asef.org/go/subsite/ccd/documents/othman.pdf. 
  4. ^ Zainah Anwar (September 16, 1997). "Modern, and Moderate, Islam". Newsweek. http://www-cgi.cnn.com/ASIANOW/asiaweek/97/0919/nat6.html. 
  5. ^ "Family sees yet another beauty queen; Muslim hopeful pulls out". Daily Express, Sabah. July 18, 2006. http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=43231. 
  6. ^ "Better prizes offered in Miss Sabah pageant". The Star. March 13, 2007. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/3/13/southneast/16972208&sec=southneast. 

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