Nisha Thayanathan was crowned Miss Earth Malaysia 2020-21 in a special ceremony held September 6.

The 28-year-old medical doctor and philanthropist from Negeri Sembilan will head on to represent the Southeast Asian nation in the next edition of the Miss Earth pageant.

“As Miss Earth Malaysia 2020-21, I would like to be more of an advocate of environmental issues, the harmful aspects of human activity on the biophysical environment maintaining the ecosystem,” she was quoted by The Borneo Post.

Thayanathan runs a community health charity programme (@healthofcommunity) and will be collaborating with Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia, an environmental non-governmental organisation, to plant more trees. She also spearheads an initiative to donate biodegradable sanitary pads to the underprivileged and the indigenous community in order for them to practice good self-hygiene through the “purchase one, donate one” campaign.

Malaysia has yet to win the Miss Earth crown. It currently ranks 54th in Missosology Big5 Ranking. Missosology.Org