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Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Last Saturday, Plaza Shah Alam’s annual beauty pageant, Pencarian Wanita Melayu (PWM) reaches its exciting finals. On this 8th May at Plaza Shah Alam. Spectacular and colourful costume parades by contestants traditional wear of each state by Jabatan Kesenian Kebudayaan Malaysia, Batik from Istana Batik Plaza Shah Alam and the breathtaking attire designed by Bahari Asyek Plaza Shah Alam.

Held on Mother’s Day, the finals of this pageant are held in conjunction with various activities organised in the month of May where it is all about celebrating women who care and nurture us amid the occasions of Teacher’s Day and Nurse’s Day as well. This significant event which is in its third successive year, is a competition amongst Malay women who are out to prove that they are the ultimate Malay woman living and succeeding as a professional in the modern era while still holding on to her traditions and cultural roots.

The contestants of Pencarian Wanita Melayu come from different states in Malaysia and from various professions and interesting backgrounds, some are doctors, medical students, aeronautical engineering students and even a mother of 4 children.

above some photos of some the contestants. 

“This year, we received an overwhelming response with contestants from different varies of life and states participating in our quest to find the ultimate Malay women,” said Puan Azura Mokhtar, Senior Centre Manager of Plaza Shah Alam.

“The finale today will comprise our Top Ten (10) Finalists showcasing beautiful traditional wears by our sponsors as well as representing the uniqueness of the different states in Malaysia with the evening ending with us crowning our Top Three (3) winners as well as Miss Photogenic and Miss Personality,” she added.

The finalists showcasing the stylish watches from Ice Watch, one of the sponsors of Pencarian Wanita Melayu 2016.

The judges at the pageant include celebrity judges Vanida Imran & Dynas Mokhtar. The exciting finale will feature a spectacular costume parade by the contestants which includes Batik and traditional wear of each State by Jabatan Kebudayaaan Kesenian Malaysia and Traditional Wear by Bahari Asyek. In conjunction with Mother’s Day, mothers of the contestants will be giving away prizes to the top 3 winners of Pencarian Wanita Melayu 2016, including two other titles of Miss Photogenic and Miss Personality.

photo credit to Ayu

This competition has managed to attract reputable sponsors such as Habib Jewel, Ice Watch, Concorde Hotel, BTL Aesthetics Malaysia and many more. Other partners included Bahari Asyek, Istana Batik, Asyira Kaseh, Butik Eastern Creation and d’Qapas Boutique who sponsored all the outfits worn by finalists today as well as the outfits styled for the judges.

From Left: The Winners of Pencarian Wanita Melayu 2016, Cik Nur Suliani (Miss Photogenic), Cik Nur Eisha (1st Runner Up), Cik Norhazwani (Champion), Cik Noor Shalina (2nd Runner Up) & Cik Syarifah Nadia (Miss Personality).

Finalist also will be styling HABIB Aura collection, which is a special collection for women in hijab in Malaysia. AURA collection is styled complete with trailing chains, bracelets, rings and brooches. "

Distinguished guests included Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Sri Meer Sadik Habib, Managing Director of Habib Jewels Group, a major sponsor of Pencarian Wanita Melayu (PWM).
From Left: Winner of Pencarian Wanita Melayu 2015, Cik. Nurul Ayu Alwani with Winner of Pencarian Wanita Melayu 2016, Cik Norhazwani along with Dato Sri Meer Sadik Habib, Managing Director of Habib Jewels.
From Bottom Left, Pn. Yanti Ahmad, Founder of Yann Rifft, Juries of Pencarian Wanita Melayu 2016, Pn Vanida Imran, Pn. Azura, Senior Centre Manager, Plaza Shah Alam, Pn. Dinas Mokhtar & Cik Marini along with the winners of Pencarian Wanita 2016 and the winners of Pencarian Wanita Melayu 2014 & 2015.

Once again, congratulations to the winners of Pencarian Wanita Melayu 2015. 

Pencarian Wanita Melayu has been successfully organised by Plaza Shah Alam for the past two consecutive years. The idea of the competition was thought up by the Board of Directors as a way to promote the image of a traditional Malay woman holding on to her roots while facing the modern world and still succeeding in what she does.

Plaza Shah Alam is working closely with YannRifft Resources to help manage the event. The close work relationship is the reason Pencarian Wanita Melayu is the biggest Malay pageant in Malaysia and has been successful for the past two years.

Owned by Evergreen Venues Sdn Bhd, a privately owned property investment company, Plaza Shah Alam is connected to an office tower called Plaza Masalam. The nearby Concorde Hotel Shah Alam, major banks and a thriving commercial square are located adjacent to this mall.
With 1,000 bays parking facility and security facilities, the mall is accessible 24 hours daily. This neighbourhood mall has four floors with dining outlets and eateries of all sorts with delicacies ranging from Western to Asian food.

Apart from speciality shops of sorts, there are many apparel shops that offer stylish attire such as Baju Kurungs and Baju Melayu that can even be customised and tailored for patrons.
Plaza Shah Alam is your friendly destination mall of conveniences where visitors and residents in the Shah Alam vicinity can come and get their necessities with ease and in comfort.


  1. ooo mine is not up yet. hehe, very nice beauty pageant that day.

  2. Tose ladies are very pretty in their own style. I love how they represent themselves in a stylish yet modest covering

  3. Their outfits are so beautiful. Anyway congrats to the winners there!

  4. nice event.. my first time at a malay beauty pageant. they are so graceful!

  5. All the best to the winners and I was at the event also.

  6. Congratulations to the winners! They are beautiful!

  7. they are all beautiful ! When la can I join contest like this one :'D

  8. Ooh that's nice. I hope the winner truly embodies the real meaning to the name, "Wanita Melayu"


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