- Gigawatts (from left): Ms Shalini Vuthyakumar, 1st Runner-Up, Ms Vandhana Krishna, Miss MalaysiaIndian Global 2011, Ms Uma Kanapathy, 2nd Runner-Up.
Smart women stay on the right side of men – especially when those men are judges. At the ever more impressive Miss MalaysiaIndian Global competition last night, the crowd favourite was Miss Olivia Nicholas of regal bearing. She seemed a shoo-in for the prize during the Q&A session of the five remaining contestants… until presented with one of the questions from the judges’ hat: (more or less) Men make better leaders. Do you agree?
No, she said; women make better leaders because they have more compassion. You could hear a pin drop, not too mention the sound of foreheads hitting the table. And so they awarded the forward-looking Miss Olivia the Miss Heritage prize, perhaps with a thimbleful of irony thrown in.
It might have been Miss Vandhana Krishna’s night, for she drew the question on education: If there was one thing she could change about the Malaysian education system, what would it be?
Why, it would be to teach maths and science in English, of course! It was the perfect riposte by the radiant princess to the tempurungness afflicting the national competitive advantage, what more with the Global symbolised by the gleaming crown now within her reach.
The crowd thundered its approval.
And she won.
The Miss MalaysiaIndian Global pageant, founded by Pushparani Thilaganathan, a journalist, is now into its 12th edition. It was conceived as a social development programme for young Malaysian women of Indian or part-Indian descent, which the organisers define as “at least one parent descending from the Indian Ocean”.
The pageant focuses on the personal and professional development of its 16 finalists shortlisted from over 200 contestants from around the country.
Contestants participate in a Health & Fitness programme (a 5km run), Community and Environment Awareness Programme and a Bridging Communities Programme.
Pictured ab0ve are the 2010 MMIG Finalists. From left (sitting): Bavani, Carol, Jaswinder (standing), Aenita (sitting), Kanmani (sitting), Hindumathi (sitting), Hema, Punitha, Deepa (sitting). Extreme backrow from left: Datchaeny, UshaRani, ShakshiniDaatry
MMIG 2010 Winners, Kanmani Selvam (light blue saree), Bavani Kathirvailu
Pictures taken from:
1) https://www.facebook.com/#!/dennisgbjvt – Dennis McMohan
2)https://www.facebook.com/#!/indranikopal – Indrani Kopal