The 24th Annual Miss Malaysian Indian Global (MMIGLOBAL) was a momentous symposium on July 12, 2021, at the Menara BAC Barrister Hall. The organisation is the vivacious brainchild inspired by the works of Pushparani Thilaganathan, a charismatic veteran editor in broadcast, print, and online journalism. Her foundational work is now continued by the multitalented Dr. Mohanaapriya Sina Raja, a prominent news presenter for TV2 and lecturer at the Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation. The organisation is also supported by the loving and dedicated labour of the MMICARE Association (Persatuan Prihatin Ratu India Malayisa), whose members consist of former pageant winners and finalists. It can be stated with absolution that MMIGLOBAL is a powerful force devoted to the upliftment, enchantment, and success of the Malaysian Indian Woman. The organisation developed as a non-profit coalition dedicated to the individual enlightenment of Indian women in Malaysia. The association functions as a training ground and foundational venture for ambitious women to birth their careers in international pageantry, film production, entrepreneurship, and other competitive realms that require a professional woman to be courageous, strong-willed, and creative. The success and achievements of the Malaysian Indian women that are produced through these programmes further celebrate and validate the ambition and principles of MMIGLOBAL, which is to primarily create sophisticated, intelligent, and powerful Malaysian Indian women who will go on to become leaders of the world.
With the supportive partnership of the Veritas University College, BAC Education Group, Asia Pacific Universities Community Engagement Network (APUCEN), and the Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies at USM, MMIGLOBAL’s next stride will be in the direction of creating talent and commercialization that will strive to conquer their exclusive fields in the new digital realm.
This year the prestigious association organised a symposium that had world-class, award-winning speakers such as Bill Keith, the founder of ASIAN Designer Guild, Vanizha Vasanthanathan, the internationally renowned Malaysian Indian model who had strutted for many highly esteemed runaways such as the Milan Fashion Week, and among them was also the multitalented Denes Kumar, an award-winning actor, producer, and director who has worked on blockbuster hit films such as Vetti Pasanga and Tamiletchumy. The incredibly insightful exchange was moderated by MMIGLOBAL’s Sandy Lord. The session was lively, informative, and incredibly engaging, with these industry leaders sharing crucial details on their field of work, their professional ethics, their personal principles, along with significant advice to the younger generation who wish to venture into these fields. Their advocacy was also expressed through inspiring young talents to pursue their chosen industry while also maintaining a strong sense of individualism to stand out against the odds.
The symposium was also graced by the highly distinguished and acclaimed allumni of MMIGLOBAL, Dr. Lavanya Sivaji, a doctor as well as a beauty queen who was crowned Miss World Malaysia 2021 and who had the prestigious opportunity to represent Malaysia in Miss World 2021. Accompanying her during the session was Tasha Krishnakumar, an incredibly talented actor who has worked on successfully acclaimed works such as Magarantham and Manmadhan Bullets. The young actress is also an immensely successful entrepreneur who created the Indian fashion label Kedai.lah. Both of these professionally accomplished women discussed in depth their careers, their journeys, and the much-needed professional advice towards younger women who yearn to follow their path in becoming powerfully established women themselves. These two incredible Malaysian Indian women were previously part of the Top 5 Winners of the 2019 MMIGLOBAL Competition.
The 24th Annual Miss Malaysian Indian Global will hold its grand finals on the 15th of October at the Premier Hotel. The association does not solely function as a professional instrument for young Malaysian Indian women but also actively participates as a charity organisation for the marginalised in society. It is through these programmes that the organisation can collect funds, which are used for the community care programmes that are selflessly and routinely conducted by MMICARE. This association conducts regular meals and tuition programmes for children of the B40 demographic at Kapar, Selangor, distributing emergency food baskets to those in need during periods of crisis. Their outreach programme extends from Selangor to Sabah and Sarawak through the coalition aid of its sister organising bodies. MMICARE, since 2017 and despite the social and economic crises that the COVID-19 pandemic brought, has successfully contributed to 8 students qualifying for Government polytechnic and university programmes, while 4 others under their care are dedicatedly pursuing their Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM). It is vital that organisations such as MMIGLOBAL continue striving for their work, which contributes immensely to the social and economic development of the Malaysian Indian community. Their dedication towards empowering women and enlightening them towards becoming successful professionals is an immensely powerful and crucial principle to conduct a brand through. Their work shall continue to grow and inspire millions of young girls to follow their shining, exemplary path.