From Merlyna http://www.merlyna.org/blog/index.php/2006/miss-indonesia-says-indonesia-is-a-city/ Miss Indonesia says Indonesia is a city
Being able to speak English is a plus, not a necessity, for Indonesians. In fact, most people in Indonesia do not speak fluent English. My parents, for example, don’t speak English at all. And there’s nothing wrong with it. There’s no real need to speak English in the country. Nobody is valued less for his/her inability to speak English.
However, representing Indonesia in international context is different than merely being Indonesian. For country representatives, being able to speak English properly, if not fluently, in my opinion, is a must. And sometimes, it’s better to speak in your own language — meaning: having an interpreter — rather than forcing yourself to speak English just to put an egg on your face. And hey, not only on your face, but on the face of your country!
I couldn’t help but laugh… yet my heart sank to watch the interview of Nadine Chandrawinata, Miss Indonesia who participates in 2006 Miss Universe. Having an accent is not a problem… making some minor grammatical mistakes is forgivable…. but saying that “my admirer is Mother Theresa” and, worse, “Indonesia is a beautiful city”……ouch… is too much!! And there’re more stupid things popped up in her interview such as “…in 10 years… I see myself simply as a Nadine…” Oh, my, my!
Oh yeah…, she kinda revealed that Indonesia has “…. a lot of beautiful bitches!”…. OK, I choose not to be too critical.. so this mistake is forgiven Exchanging beaches with bitches is not a big problem, right?… haha.
Yes, Nadine is so beautiful and has a great figure. But come on… many beautiful Indonesian women can do better than her! Or, alternatively, Nadine can take an intensive course enabling her to at least speak less embarrasing English before participating in international events (or, did she? perhaps she did!). But hey, why do some Indonesian media say that she speaks English and German fluently?!?
I checked into some other contestants’ videos. They didn’t do such shameful interviews. Contestants from neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Thailand definitely did better. Some who don’t speak English well, such as Misses China and Kazakhstan, chose to speak in their own languages… saved them from embarrasment.
Anyway… better stop rambling. Check the video and read my literal transcription below. Enjoy, laugh and cry!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to do in my sparetime is going out with my friends, with my family and sharing with the children like doing some act.. doing some activities..eh..eh.. in social work, like campaign for them and campaign for against discrimination of women, something like that.
What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?
I see myself in 10 years a..eh. I see myself in 10 years later simply as a Nadine and eh..doing something like or eh…being more mature and express or explore myself and my potential and doing something for anyone el.. doing something for me and everyone.. like I want to work for the Unicef so i can be more active and give more attention for them.
Who is your idol?
My admi.. my admirer is mother Theresa, because … she is so humble for me and she had, she has a beautiful or … wonderful personality. So I really .. adore at… at her.. hehehe.
Your friends say you are…
My friends tells that I am friendly, easy going person, just simply person, ordinary person and patient.
What do you want the rest of the world to know about your country?
Indonesia is a beautiful city.. so, you should go there to visit by yourself, because we have a lot of beautiful bitch..es (beaches ?) and the spectacular mountain and… dramatic of history and… so the people. Because people of Indonesia is really… is really welcome eh.. and really friendly because they like to know more about other country, other belief, other ideas….so, come to Indonesia and feel it and we open…we open our arms to come to Indonesia.
Arrgh….. reading my own transcription makes my head hurts… And suddenly, I feel an urgent need to hide………