- Published on 04 October 2013
The Malaysia Chronicle reports how Miss Chui Yee Shia overcame her disability and won the title of Miss Singapore Friendship International 2013 at a ceremony held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Singapore in late August. The judges and sponsors of the event also granted her three other subsidiary awards, making her the biggest winner of the night.
Miss Chui lost her ability to hear and to talk at three years of age after developing severe fever. She has put in a lot of hard work and effort to achieve her goals. She worked with a speech therapist to learn how to speak again and is now able to communicate, although she struggles with articulation and pronunciation. “I feel great. I’ve always wanted to be an inspiration to others, to show that having a disability doesn’t have to stop me from achieving my dreams, no matter how big and wild they might be,” said Miss Chui after the pageant.
One of the many challenges she faced was keeping up with the other nineteen contestants during rehearsals for the dance segment of the show, because she could not hear the music that well. She also had some trouble during the question and answer session as she was not able to hear the question properly, despite her hearing aid. But in the end, her discipline and regular training paid off. "I am so much more confident now and am thinking of joining Miss Singapore Universe next year,” she added.
Source: The New Paper – Malaysia Chronicle