The New Paper,
Sep 26, 2015
Singaporeans The New Paper spoke to feel that the annual Miss Universe Singapore (MUS) pageant is still relevant, but needs some changes. Medical technologist Galvin Lee, 26, felt that "the glitz and glamour have dwindled over the years".
A traditional one-off national pageant, which was the go-to method in the past, does not quite cut it anymore. Mr Lee said: "We need to make people pay attention.
"Perhaps a reality TV show that follows the lives of the contestants so that people can get to know them better and relate to them, instead of a pageant, (could work).
"There could also be opportunities provided for the winner to not only reach out to the local community but overseas as well during her reign."
Teacher Mike Seow believes that bringing back a widely publicised, televised national pageant would help Singaporeans recognise and rally for their own. "I have not been in the loop when it comes to our representatives for so long now.
"I remember at least watching it on TV and being able to recognise the winner by name back in the days," said the 42-year-old.
Former MUS 2002 contestant Sharilyn Choo-Jugnet thinks that a televised pageant is still one of the more effective ways to introduce the winner to the country.
"This helps Singaporeans be more supportive. It helps knowing the selection rounds that lead to the pageant winner and the face that will be representing Singapore," said the 32-year-old, who runs an online retail business.
Equally important is proper training, to mould representatives the country can be proud of, she said, as well as public support. "Singaporeans should try to understand what pageants are about and this can start off by (having) media exposure of the industry.
"The public also needs to realise the enormous amount of courage it takes for any contestant to decide to take part," she said.