Semalam kecoh di media sosial sehingga trending di seluruh dunia mengenai Miss Universe 2019. Bukan sahaja menyaksikan mahkota Miss Universe 2019 ‘pulang’ ke Afrika Selatan yang disandang oleh Zozibini Tunzi, malah kontroversi mengenai pemenang bagi kategori kostum kebangsaan terbaik (best national costume) turut menjadi perhatian.

Kesilapan Mengumumkan Pemenang 

Manakan tidak pada awalnya, pihak penganjur menerusi hos nya, Steve Harvey telah mengumumkan Miss Malaysia adalah pemenangnya.

Ketika itu, Steve Harvey didakwa telah membuat kesilapan dalam mengumumkan Miss Filipina sebagai pemenang apabila terus menemubual Shweta yang berdiri di sebelahnya.

“Bukan Filipina. Ia Malaysia”, kata Shweta membetulkan kenyataan Steve

Namun begitu, dua jam kemudian menerusi laman Twitter rasmi Miss Universe, pihak mereka telah mengumumkan bahawa penyandang sebenar bagi kategori itu adalah Miss Filipina dan turut memadam posting mereka sebelum ini yang menyatakan Malaysia sebagai pemenang. Melihatkan pada situasi berkenaan ramai yang mengecam tindakan pihak penganjur yang tidak peka mengenai isu tersebut.

Elaine Daly Kecewa 

Malah Presiden Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation (MUM0), Elaine Daly turut meluahkan rasa kecewa yang tidak terhingga mengenai insiden yang memalukan tersebut. Menurut Elaine, sejurus daripada pengumuman yang dibuat Miss Universe 2019, dia telah menghubungi Presiden Miss Universe Organisation, Paula Shugart bagi mendapatkan penjelasan sebenar mengenai pengumuman tersebut.

Ketika menghubungi Paula menerusi e-mail, Elaine berkata Filipina telah memenangi undian di atas talian, namun para petugas di belakang pentas telah memilih peserta kegemaran mereka dan mahukan Malaysia ditemubual.

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I am extremely disappointed at how the Best National Costume announcement at Miss Universe has come to this. A few hours ago, during the live telecast just after the opening round, Shweta was asked to go backstage to change into her National Costume for it to be showcased as Best National Costume, and that’s what she did, and conducted interviews as well. When she came out, the host Steve Harvey announced Philippines as the winner and even when he approached to talk to Shweta, he still assumed he was talking to Philippines she of course corrected him and said it was Malaysia and not Philippines. And she continued to explain her costume. Malaysia, who has never been placed at Miss Universe nor won anything, rejoiced! 4 hours later, we found out via Twitter that Miss Philippines was the actual winner. I have taken sometime to reply anyone because I was waiting for an explanation from the Miss Universe Organisation. So I emailed Paula – the President and asked her to please clarify, Paula replied me and said that Philippines won the online voting, but the producing staff backstage picked their favorite and wanted to showcase her. However this was not explained on the show. To everyone who watched it, it was like as if Malaysia had won. Because why would you put a delegate in her costume, have her do interviews and then tell her that she actually didn’t win but was just the producing staff’s choice . I’m speechless but it is what it is. To all of you who have congratulated and made us feel special, I thank you. Shweta and her national costume will always be a winner to us. I mean, we did get all eyes on Malaysia and we got to show off our culture and heritage right?

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Namun perkara ini dedah Elaine tidak dihebahkan kepada umum dan mereka yang menonton ketika itu sudah pasti menganggap Miss Malaysia adalah pemenangnya.

Biarpun begitu, menurut pelakon tersebut Shweta dan kostum rekaan oleh Carven Ong bertemakan ‘A Peranakan Indulgence’ akan sentiasa menjadi pemenang buatnya dan rakyat Malaysia. Malah dia turut berbangga kerana dapat memperkenalkan budaya dan warisan tanah air di mata dunia.Kami berbangga dengan Shweta!