PETALING JAYA - Outrageous as it seems, Malaysia's nasi lemak-inspired national costume for the 66th Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas may have already served its purpose.
The dress has garnered much attention. While some people are critical of the design, others have applauded it for being bold, which is exactly the intention.
"It has to be something that is unique and stands out. What we have this year is an iconic national costume," said national director of the Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation Datin Elaine Daly.
"Thailand won in 2015 for its tuk tuk costume. Last year's winning costume from Myanmar resembled a puppet, complete with a 6ft (1.8m) frame and strings," she said.