Sarawak’s ‘Clever Girl’ Ethel is ready for the tough competition
By Jude Toyat
Physical appearance often becomes the main criteria when it comes to selecting participants of a reality show that focuses on women.
In the latest reality-game show by TV3 called ‘Clever Girl Malaysia’, however, a woman’s intelligence will become the major deciding factor for 14 selected finalists from all over the country, each representing their respective state.
For the game show that will be aired starting March 13, the education level of participants may secure their place in the programme, but their intellect and capability will become the ultimate weapon to win.
Being the only participant from Sarawak, Ethel Lampai Ringgit, 29, believes that she has what it takes to become the first ‘Clever Girl Malaysia’ winner.
“This show is all about your intelligence. Unlike the usual portrayals of good looks in the media, ‘Clever Girl Malaysia’ emphasises more on your intellectual skills and personality; it is the first show of its kind in Malaysia.
“I will try my best to bring out the best version of myself and hopefully that good attributes of mine can benefit me in this competition. I do aim for the coveted title, like everyone else does,” she said when met at Imperial Hotel Kuching recently.
After several auditions conducted in various venues across the country since December last year, a total of 28 participants were selected from thousands, with two representatives from each state.
“All 28 of us went to Kuala Lumpur on Feb 13 for a boot camp and several other activities. From there, they evaluated us and at the end of the day, only 14 of us remained in the competition. These 14 finalists will go on to the live telecast on TV3.
“Every week, the finalists will be tested on general knowledge questions that include topics such as politics, history, science, mathematics and many more. There will also be several other challenges for us to test our physical abilities,” she added.
In the live show that will be aired on TV3 every Sunday for approximately 10 weeks from March 13 onwards at 9pm, the weekly eliminations will not depend on juries or audience votes but on their progress and achievement. The winner will receive a grand prize of RM100,000.
The programme to be hosted by Alif Satar will also feature Vanidah Imran, Marion Caunter and Cheryl Samad and other TV personalities as well as Juita Jalil as icons and mentors.
Ethel pointed out that she’s up against tough competition.
“Most of them are lawyers, engineers, and others with Masters degrees and PhDs. Nevertheless, I am ready to face the challenge and I consider this an opportunity to learn from them.
“It is more like a learning process to us compared to being solely a competition. Everyone here has their area of expertise and I am glad to see that we can learn from each other and become friends too,” said Ethel who considers herself an optimist who never stops learning.
Ethel described it as a refreshing experience for her.
“I just wanted to try something new out of my norm. In my previous job as assistant marketing and communications manager at Imperial Hotel Kuching, I mostly deal with hotels and public relation matters. I was also driven by my interest to be in the broadcasting industry,” said the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication.
Ethel regards ‘Clever Girl Malaysia’ as a platform to prove what she is capable of doing and as a Sarawakian, especially a Dayak, she wants to prove to the world that she can also go far and inspire others to achieve their dreams.
“Being the only Sarawakian in this competition, it is such an honor and I am very grateful for the trust and support gained from my fellow Sarawakian friends and family and I hope they will continue to support me in ‘Clever Girl Malaysia’.
“I promise to portray the best version of us Sarawakians through this competition and raise the name of our cherished state,” she added.
Her advice to aspiring youth is to never be afraid to try something new even though it is out of their comfort zone and always challenge themselves to see how far they can go because at the end of the day when you are able to see the positive results, it will all be worthwhile.
“Always push your limits and strive for excellence. It is important for you to realise that it is essential to become someone that can be considered as a ‘beauty with brain’,” she added.
‘Diari Clever Girl Malaysia’ which features the prep and development behind the game show began airing on Sundays starting March 6 at 6.30pm.
Ethel will be competing against operation engineer Sarah Adiba Mohammed Yusof (26 years old, from Sabah), petro physics expert Sarah Muhammad Afandi (28, Terengganu), student Lam Wai Chuin (24, Perak), lawyer An Nuur Nadhirah Abdul Halim (26, Negeri Sembilan), marketing executive Wan Zarith Sofia Wan Abd Aziz (28, Johor), actuarial and risk management officer Nur Adilah Azhari (29, Wilayah Persekutuan), lawyer Arina Mohd Fairin Lum (26, Selangor), lawyer Nurul Aqeelah Azman (26, Perlis), lawyer Tunku Intan Mahiya T. Mahamad (29, Kedah), student Nur ‘Aainaa Zulkiflie (30, Pulau Pinang), financial adviser Nur Aliana Ahmad Rozaino (25, Melaka), lawyer Fatin Nuraisya Mohd Hanipha (28, Kelantan), and student Mary Josephine Muhammad Houston (25, Pahang).
To know more about ‘Clever Girl Malaysia’, visit www.tv3.com.my/clevergirl and follow their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram TV3 social sites @TV3Malaysia.