2018 Miss Heilala Kalo Funganitao

Tonga’s Deputy PM slams Heilala speech

Mr. Sika was reported to have ordered that loud music be played to drown out a speech by last year’s winner, Kalo Funganitao.

“She disgraced the dignity of the Miss Heilala pageant,” he said.

However, during her speech this year’s contestants linked arms in an apparent display of solidarity with Funganitao.

During the closing event in Nuku’alofa, Funganitao, launched an attack on the pageant for not doing anything after she was bullied by pageant committee members and members of the public.