Staging of the Miss Sabah Malaysia Universe can help further promote the Nature Resort City of Kota Kinabalu as a hub for international activities. Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim said this in his welcoming address during the beauty pageant’s State-level final here on Saturday night. Wishing the best luck to Borneo Events who is bidding to stage the national level Miss Malaysia! Universe here in Sabah, he said the competition is seen as one way of promoting the State tourism. “One of the criteria required from the contestants is good knowledge of their State tourism industry. As such this event is also in line with the Visit Malaysia Year 2007/2008. “For the contestants themselves, I am sure they will be promoting the uniqueness of Sabah through this event, while at the same time, build their self-confidence and prepare them as future ambassadors for the State,” he said. Iliyas witnessed the crowning of Miss Sabah/Malaysia/Universe Cassey V Pilos who will be representing the State at the national level expected to be held in Kuala Lumpur in April.