HEAVY is the head that wears the crown. I refer to the report “Miss Malaysia World Tatiana stripped of title” (NST, March 7).
Tatiana Kumar Nandha, 19, was stripped of her title for breach of conduct and contract, according to the organiser.
Shweta Sekhon, 19, who came in third, was bumped up to first runner-up after Dr Ranmeet Jassal gave up her second position.
Shweta has been named the new Miss Malaysia World 2016/17, but Tatiana has referred the matter to her lawyer.
It must be terrible to suffer the ignominy of having a title or award stripped by the party that bestowed it on you.
It would be wise for the public to not quickly accept awards or recognition, particularly by non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
A change of office-bearers in these NGOs may find their policies or directions making a 180° turn.
What was applauded previously may later be condemned, as many NGOs are often highly politicised when members jostle for position to gain control of power or funds.
A graceful woman of a certain age, such as the late Mother Teresa, is more beautiful than beauty queens.
Those who wish to admire a local woman can look up to Chee Moy Chun, 82.
Not only was she the oldest Malaysian woman to scale Mount Kinabalu, it was also her fifth time reaching the peak.
She is a member of the Hash House Harriers, an international group of non-competitive running social clubs that originated from a Selayang quarry in 1938.
Chee, who is also a member of Lions Club, has been running, and doing hikes and climbs since she was 29.
She still climbs mountains and hills at least once a week.
As for Tatiana, she should move on and put the episode behind her.
She has her future in front of her
and she can accomplish great things in life.
After all, an unhappy experience can become our greatest teacher when we are open enough to learn from it.
Y.S. CHAN, Kuala Lumpur