Shweta Sekhon after she was crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2019 during the gala event last year. — Picture courtesy of Miss Universe Malaysia
Shweta Sekhon after she was crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2019 during the gala event last year. — Picture courtesy of Miss Universe Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 — The Miss Universe Malaysia 2020 event and gala night will be conducted using the “new normal” arrangement this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The organiser plans to live-stream the annual pageant in the form of an e-Gala on September 5 at 5pm so people can watch it from the comfort of their home.

In a video posted on Facebook, Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation national director Datin Elaine Daly and Miss Universe Malaysia 2019 Shweta Sekhon jointly announced that the show would be streamed on the organisation’s newly revamped site with only the finalists and panel of judges present.

“The public can watch the live-streamed competition by purchasing tickets to the show on the Miss Universe Malaysia website, with 20 per cent of the proceeds to be channelled to charity,” said Daly.


Miss Universe Malaysia 2020 e-Gala

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝘼𝙣𝙣𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙤𝙪𝙩! . 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑤𝑎𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑓𝑜𝑟, 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟'𝑠 𝑀𝑖𝑠𝑠 𝑈𝑛𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑒 𝑀𝑎𝑙𝑎𝑦𝑠𝑖𝑎 2020 𝐺𝑎𝑙𝑎 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚 𝑜𝑓 𝐸-𝐺𝑎𝑙𝑎 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑡𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑡 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑙𝑦 𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑎𝑚𝑝𝑒𝑑 𝑤𝑒𝑏𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑒, 𝑤𝑤𝑤.𝑚𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑚𝑎𝑙𝑎𝑦𝑠𝑖𝑎.𝑐𝑜𝑚.𝑚𝑦. . 𝑆𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑜𝑛 𝑆𝑒𝑝𝑡𝑒𝑚𝑏𝑒𝑟 5𝑡ℎ, 𝑆𝑎𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑑𝑎𝑦 5𝑝𝑚 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝐸-𝐺𝑎𝑙𝑎 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒. . 𝐴𝑛 𝑒𝑥𝑐𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑒𝑔𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑎𝑖𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑑𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑚 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑣𝑜𝑡𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝘔𝘪𝘴𝘴 𝘉𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘉𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘶𝘭, 𝘉𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘎𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑤𝑖𝑛𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑟𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝘔𝘪𝘴𝘴 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘢 2020. . 𝟮𝟬% 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗮 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆. 𝗗𝗼 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝘂𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗺𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗮 𝘁𝗼 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘀 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀. . #TNMUM20 #MUM20 #MissUniverseMalaysia #BeautyBeyondYou

Posted by Miss Universe Malaysia Official Facebook Page on Thursday, July 9, 2020

There will be 18 finalists vying for the title of Miss Universe Malaysia 2020.

With the new format, Daly said viewers would be able to influence the choice of winners as fans’ votes would also count towards determining the next beauty queen.

She added that winners of subsidiary titles — Miss Body Beautiful and Best in Evening Gown — would also be determined by the same method.

This year’s panel of judges will include actor, director and producer Datuk Hans Isaac, Glojas by Smart International Aesthetic chief operating officer Datin Selwinder Kaur, La Jung Aesthetic Clinic medical director and aesthetic medical practitioner Dr Nicholas Lim and Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 Deborah Henry.

Others are Carven Ong Couture creative designer Carven Ong, Esthetics International Group director Michelle Lam, Shawn Cutler Group of Salons founder, creative director and celebrity stylist Shawn Loong and jewellery brand Bowerhouse co-founder Elizabeth Lee.

The winner will represent Malaysia at the Miss Universe competition, receive a cash prize and sponsored prizes with a combined value of RM180,000 along with a full scholarship from HELP University.

This year marks the pageant’s 10th anniversary since it was revamped in 2010.

For details of early bird ticket sales, click here.