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MALAYSIA
NISHA THAYANANTHAN

Age: 28
Height: 169 cm
Measurements: 34 in - 24 in - 32 in
Career / Education: Medical Doctor

" I am especially talented in multitasking as I had to learn to adapt to my busy lifestyle as a doctor while keeping myself fit, carrying out tasks as an entrepreneur and running charities for the needy as well as carrying out environmental projects and designing my own biodegradable sanitary napkin for women in order to reduce the impact of plastic pollution to the environment."

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS
I was a very active child when I was younger, I could barely contain my energy at my age. My mom would often describe me as a ball of fire with endless passion. When recalling my childhood experiences between 8-13 years, there were many unforgettable memories that i acquired as I transitioned between childhood and becoming a woman.

As young as 8 , I realised the true value of education and pushed through hurdles to reach my goals. I was very hardworking when it came to academics. In fact I was a school topper even at a tender age as i wanted to do my best to become a doctor and help those in need and hopefully make a difference in the world. At the age of 12 years, I scored 6As in my primary school national examination and secured a place in one of the best schools in my state. It didn't stop there, I was active in sports and I represented my state in running competitions.

In terms of friendship. My earliest friend was a trustworthy and kind hearted girl during my primary school years and we are still best friends up till this day. Along the way, i met many other lovely people while i was between the age of 8 to 12. They inspired me to be exactly who I am in ways I never thought were possible .

WHAT IS YOUR MEMORABLE MOMENT?
The most memorable moment in my life was when I scored 12As in my national secondary school examination. I received an award from the prime minister at that time who was Dato Najib Razak for becoming a national top scorer in the year 2009.

It was a big confidence booster for me and it motivated me to work harder. After that, I worked even harder through the days and nights throughout my school years to be the national top scorer and eventually i secured a government scholarship to pursue my dream job as a medical doctor .

ANY SPECIAL STORIES OR FACTS ABOUT YOUR FAMILY?
A very special person from my family that i have always held close to my heart is my elder brother. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of 5. He is a very passionate and hardworking artist who can produce beautiful paintings.

I believe children with disabilities are a gift from the Lord and their true limits are beyond what people see on the outside. My brother has taught me many meaningful values of life through his hardwork and his burning passion to chase his dreams. My brother also taught me that acceptance shows strength, courage and determination. It is the way of looking at the future and learning to love life in every shape and form.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
All my life, I have dedicated myself to studying the wonders of the human body and how to heal it from diseases and harm. In the process of learning, I fell deeply in love with the beauty of Mother Earth.

As i grew older, i grew more fond of her and had a deeper realisation on how precious and important nature is to the survival of all forms of life. It was then that i made the unusual choice of chasing my dream of becoming a doctor and my new goal of becoming Miss Earth so that I could build a platform to help tackle issues like deforestation, all forms of pollution and efforts to preserve the dazzling beauty of nature that we have been blessed with. Most discouraged me from my unusual choice to chase both goals but i was persistent and here i am before you today to push for the protection and healing of Mother Earth.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVOCACY?
My advocacy is about reducing plastic pollution in the environment. Plastic waste is a great concern to the environment to the point that it even affects us.

Remember the trend, save the turtles? Everybody was against the usage of plastic straws because it was dangerous for marine life. The same concept of plastic pollution works for sanitary pads.

It is estimated that sanitary pads are made of up to 90% plastic and that a single pack of menstrual pads is equivalent to four plastic bags! Based on National Geography.com it is estimated that a woman will use somewhere between 5 and 15 thousand pads and tampons in their life. Unfortunately, most of these will end up in landfills and contribute to plastic waste.

In it alarming that micro-plastic particles have been revealed in the placentas of unborn babies. As a former obstetrics and gynaecology doctor I am greatly concerned.

My solution as Miss Earth Malaysia is to reduce plastic usage by using biodegradable products instead of plastic ones. Our planet is at a point where plastic waste is threatening wildlife and damaging the environment. It is estimated that the world produces 380 million tonnes of plastic annually. Hence, with my creation of sustainable and environmentally friendly brand would impact the earth in a positive way.

WHAT TIPS CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE ECOTOURISM & CLIMATE CHANGE?
One of the most important tips is to promote sustainable tourism by reducing our carbon footprint. To achieve this, we can consider options, such as buying organic, local products from grocery stores and farmer's markets. We can also take direct flights, as having several layovers in our trip increases carbon footprints.
Secondly, we should take good care of heritage sites. Heritage sites are a fantastic tourist attraction as it showcases the profound beauty and culture of our Malaysian people and these sites are visited by millions of other people a year.

Care needs to be taken to preserve their beauty that has withstood the test of time and to allow future generations to enjoy them as well. Thirdly, select sustainable and greener options while you are on holiday. The chance to go green starts with your hotel. Stay in hotels that have recycling programs in place and abide by their guidelines.

One of the Most important tips to tackle the issue of climate change is to reduce carbon emissions.

Use your car less often especially when you are travelling to nearby places without a sense of urgency. Whenever possible, use sustainable means of transportation, such as bicycling, or using public transportation to reduce our carbon footprint.

Have 3 R's of sustainability into practice

Reduce: consume less, more efficiently. Reuse: take advantage of second-hand markets in order to give new life to items that you don't use anymore or find something that someone else has gotten rid of that you can repurpose and reuse. You'll be saving money and reducing your consumption. Recycle: By packaging waste from electronics. We can save over 730 kilos of CO2 each year just by recycling half of the garbage produced at home.

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD OF YOUR COUNTRY?
Malaysia is made of everything that I feel proud about. From it’s amazing cuisine, stunning national parks, picturesque beaches, world-renowned aquatic life, rich history, and a vibrant culture blanketing this blessed land is just beautiful.

The people of Malaysia, the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazandusuns, Bajaus, Dayaks, Ibans and many more are the essence of the nation that contribute to its rich culture and traditions.

Malaysians share many common values regardless our race or religion. These values are respect for others, faith in God, humility, indirectness and politeness. These are the values that make me feel truly at home in Malaysia.

These values can be seen through our strong multiracial friendships that are formed since school days, the vibrant celebrations of other religions enjoyed as a nation and most of all and of course our love and appreciation of food from other cultures.

These best values of Malaysians are manifested when everyone comes together to help those in need during the pandemic.

Some are having their own food banks to help the less fortunate survive through the hurdles of this pandemic . Some create online job offers for those who have lost their livelihood during the pandemic to offer them an alternative since a lot of Malaysians have been a victim of job loss as companies suffer the aftermath of an economic crisis. Neighbours can be commonly seen cooking for their neighbours who cannot afford basic needs and food. This spirit of helping each-other through tough times are some of the values that are ingrained in us since our early years.

WHAT CAN YOU PROMOTE ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY?
One thing I cannot live without is my profession as I cannot sit still while people go through so much suffering and pain. Altruism and selflessness come naturally to me as breathing.

The people I grew up with influenced me by educating me as well guiding me with the love and kindness of their hearts which eventually shaped me to the person that I am.

One struggle I have had that has made me who I am is being rejected often. It took a lot of hardwork to be recognised as a capable student and eventually shape my life up to this point as I was from a humble background and many people did not believe in my capabilities.

Most significant fact about myself is I’m a fraternal twin. When I was born , my survival rate was below 50% as I suffered the condition called “twin to twin transfusion syndrome”. I fought through my very first battle , after 3 months living in an incubator I came out as stronger as I am now.

WHAT TRIVIA ABOUT YOURSELF WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE?
One thing I cannot live without is my profession as I cannot sit still while people go through so much suffering and pain. Altruism and selflessness come naturally to me as breathing.

The people I grew up with influenced me by educating me as well guiding me with the love and kindness of their hearts which eventually shaped me to the person that I am.

One struggle I have had that has made me who I am is being rejected often. It took a lot of hardwork to be recognised as a capable student and eventually shape my life up to this point as I was from a humble background and many people did not believe in my capabilities.

Most significant fact about myself is I’m a fraternal twin. When I was born , my survival rate was below 50% as I suffered the condition called “twin to twin transfusion syndrome”. I fought through my very first battle , after 3 months living in an incubator I came out as stronger as I am now.

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