Tatiana Kumar Nandha, who was crowned as Miss Malaysia World 2016/17 in August 2016, has been stripped of her title.
The unprecedented move was decided on as Tatiana allegedly made “offensive comments” online. The decision was announced yesterday (Monday, 6th March) via the pageant’s Instagram.
1st runner-up Shweta Sekhon, 19, will be replacing her as Miss Malaysia World 2016/17 instead.
The full post reads:
“It has come to our attention that there is a breach of our Code of Conduct and contract by the reigning Miss Malaysia World 2016 Tatiana Kumar. We wish to announce that, after due consideration, with effect 6/3/17, Ms Tatiana Nandha Kumar will no longer be the title holder for Miss Malaysia World 2016. We are also pleased to announce that Ms Shweta Sekhon (previously 1st runner-up) will now be the winner of Miss Malaysia World 2016/17.”
It was signed off by Dato’ Anna Lin, the former national director and licensee for Miss Malaysia World 2016. Lin held the position from 2013 until 2016, but stepped down on January 2017 after her term ended.
When contacted by The Star, Lin explained that Tatiana and her family had made offensive posts against the Miss Malaysia World organisation. The posts were allegedly made on the Internet and social media, but they did not specify the issue.
“There are certain formalities, and she has also breached one involving an important sponsor. This has led to the contract being terminated,” Lin explained.
Tatiana’s father has confirmed that they received a legal letter about the termination on 3rd March, but refused to comment further. However, he insisted that she has done nothing wrong.
Tatiana previously represented Malaysia in the Miss World pageant in Maryland, the United States.
Source: The Star Online.