She entered the competition to gain experience and make new friends. Rishon Shu, 21, from Teluk Intan was astounded when she was crowned Miss Perak Tourism 2015 at Syeun Hotel, Ipoh on Saturday, May 16.

During the finals, Rishon who is 174 cm (5ft 9in) tall beat 13 other aspirants. She won a cash prize, a crown, a trophy, a pearl necklace with topaz worth RM20,000 and a holiday package to South Korea for two along with health and beauty products.

The second-year Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English Language student at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) who loves swimming and modelling, won three additional titles namely, Miss Popularity, Miss Elegant and Miss Glamorous.

When asked how she planned on promoting Perak as a tourist spot. She replied via blogging.

“I’ll start a blog and show the world what Perak has to offer. A blog will provide far greater details which will grab the attention of tourists who plan on coming this way,” said Rishon who is of mixed parentage.

The event started with the finalists parading in batik wear, dresses designed by one of the judges, Datin Syarifah Kirana and followed by evening gowns.

Together with Datin Syarifah Kirana, the other judges were Dato’ Dr Wenddi Anne Chong, Dato’ Kee Hua Chee, Rachelle Ng, Datin Janet Yeoh, Tan Sri Chang Jo Youn and Puan Sri Sandra Lee.

Joing Rishon at the Miss Malaysia Tourism 2015 finals in Kuala Lumpur this September, is Divina Naidu, the runner up of Miss Perak Tourism 2015. The winner of Miss Malaysia Tourism will be up against 65 contestants from all over the world in the Miss Tourism International 2015 in Vietnam slated in November.

Executive Councillor for Tourism and Culture, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin bt Dato’ Mohd Radzi gave away the prizes.

Ili Aqilah