Banggi con­tes­tants dis­qual­i­fied due to drunk em­cee

New Straits Times - - Front Page - ENSOL LANGGAYAT KOTA KIN­A­BALU news@nst.com.my

ACONTROVERSY has marred the ea­gerly awaited Un­duk Ngadau or beauty pageant for the two-day state-level Kaa­matan Fes­ti­val which starts in Pe­nam­pang to­day.

A mix-up over the re­sults of the dis­trict-level pageant in Banggi, re­port­edly caused by a drunk em­cee who wrongly an­nounced the win­ner, has prompted the or­gan­is­ers to not reg­is­ter any con­tes­tants from the area.

In the con­test on May 21, Lusi­lah Retni Lim, 23, was an­nounced as the Banggi win­ner but four days later, one of the fi­nal­ists, Er­last­tini Ernie Bidi, claimed she won the pageant, one of the main events in the har­vest fes­ti­val.

Both Lusi­lah and Er­last­tini turned up to reg­is­ter as the Banggi rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the state-level con­test over the week­end here.

In­stead they were told the dis­trict has been dis­qual­i­fied be­cause of the mix-up in the re­sults.

Each year, the main win­ner at the dis­trict-level Un­duk Ngadau earns a slot in the state-level con­test. This year, 44 con­tes­tants from across the state will be vy­ing for the much cov­eted ti­tle.

The pageant is one of the high­lights of the Kaa­matan fes­ti­val that will be held at the Kadazan­dusun Cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion grounds, also known as Hongkod Koisaan, which means a place of unity.

Un­duk Ngadau or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chair­man, Joanna Kitin­gan, yes­ter­day said the com­mit­tee had met the Banggi Un­duk Ngadau co­or­di­na­tor and the two con­tes­tants to dis­cuss the mat­ter.

Joanna said the com­mit­tee, how­ever, was not able to con­tact the said em­cee.

“The de­ci­sion to dis­qual­ify Banggi was made be­cause the prob­lem should have been re­solved at the dis­trict level.”

She also ticked off the or­gan­is­ers for al­low­ing the drunk em­cee to an­nounce the re­sults.

“They should have let the head judge an­nounce the re­sults in­stead.”


Banggi con­tes­tants Lusi­lah Retni Lim (left) and Er­last­tini

Ernie Bidi reg­is­ter­ing for the state-level Un­duk

Ngadau con­test in Kota Kin­a­balu yes­ter­day.

The mix-up in re­sults led to the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of the Banggi beauty con­tes­tants.

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