Malaysians on social media are seemingly outraged by a beauty pageant that referred to the country as the “Republic of Malaysia”.
Miss Crystal Angel International 2019 pageant, which took place on Monday (Nov 4) in Yangon, Myanmar, apparently had two contestants from Malaysia – one dubbed Miss Malaysia, and the other as Miss Republic of Malaysia.
However, the event organizers later apologized and changed all usage of the “Republic of Malaysia” to “Borneo” on its official Facebook page on Tuesday (Nov 5).
“This mistake did not come from Malaysian participants but it is from our side. Again, we apologize for the misunderstanding,” the statement read.
Despite the apology, the post continued to receive backlash from Malaysians in the comments section.
Based on the Facebook page, the pageant is supposedly “focused on young women’s strength in empowering their rights and passion in culture, heritage, art, tourism and social media.”
It also explained that the purpose of the pageant is “to make beauty pageants more relevant by providing platforms in these millennial times”.