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Billie Lim is Miss Cheongsam Malaysia

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TOP FIVE: Lim (centre) shares her joy with (from left) Lau, Tneh, Liew and Ten.

TOP FIVE: Lim (centre) shares her joy with (from left) Lau, Tneh, Liew and Ten.

KUCHING: Billie Lim May Li was crowned Miss Cheongsam Malaysia 2013 at the finals of the annual pageant at Riverside Majestic Hotel here on Saturday night.

Not only did she edge out the other 17 finalists for the prestigious title, Lim – a Hainanese from George Town, Penang – also added the subsidiary title Miss Personality to her win that night. She walked home with a total cash prize of RM5,300.

The other contestant from George Town, Tneh Joo Huei, was the first runner-up and brought home a RM3,000 cash prize.

Cyndi Liew Sin Yi, a Hakka from Serian, was the second runner-up while the third runner-up was Yuvonne Ten Lek Feng from Lahad Datu, Sabah. They walked home with RM2,000 and RM1,000 cash prize respectively.

Jessie Lau Ching Sze, also Miss Talent, was the fourth runner-up. The girl from Kuching won a total cash prize of RM1,300.

FOR THE ALBUM: The 18 finalists pose for a group photo after the crowning ceremony. — Photos by Rais Sanusi and  Tan Song Wei.

FOR THE ALBUM: The 18 finalists pose for a group photo after the crowning ceremony. — Photos by Rais Sanusi and Tan Song Wei.

A Cantonese contestant from Kuala Lumpur, Jasmine Kho Foong Ling, had the Best Cheongsam and walked home with RM500. Miss Friendship was Charlene Chai Siew Ching from Limbang while Collins Tin Ye Shin from Kuantan was Miss Photogenic. They won RM300 cash prize each.

Other finalists who did not win any award received RM200 each.

Deputy Works Minister Datuk Yong Khoon Seng was guest-of-honour at the event.

The annual beauty contest raised RM20,000 for Hung Nang Siang T’ng Old Folks Home and RM50,000 for Chung Hua Middle Schools No. 1, 3 and 4.

The See Hua Group of newspapers – The Borneo Post, Utusan Borneo and See Hua Daily News – are the official media of the pageant.

THE WINNER: Lim waves to the audience after being crowned Miss Cheongsam Malaysia 2013.

THE WINNER: Lim waves to the audience after being crowned Miss Cheongsam Malaysia 2013.

GONG XI FA CAI: Contestants of the Miss Cheongsam Malaysia 2013 perform a Lunar New Year song.

GONG XI FA CAI: Contestants of the Miss Cheongsam Malaysia 2013 perform a Lunar New Year song.

ENTERTAINING: Contestants performing a dance.

ENTERTAINING: Contestants performing a dance.

MISS TALENT: Lau impresses guests with her cultural performance.

MISS TALENT: Lau impresses guests with her cultural performance.

TALENTED: Tneh plays the violin in the final.

TALENTED: Tneh plays the violin in the final.