SINGAPORE: Miss World Singapore winner Ris Low has confirmed that she has decided to back out of the finals in Johannesburg, South Africa in December.
Her decision comes after a slew of negative media reports. She was lambasted by the public for her poor English.
Later, news of her credit card conviction in May also surfaced which put her in the spotlight again.
Ms Low was sentenced to two years' probation for credit card fraud.
This threw up issues on whether she could or should represent the country.
When asked if she's finally bowing down to public pressure, the 19-year-old beauty queen said: "I feel that it would be better for everyone, including Singaporeans who are not very supportive of me going to this pageant
“This is actually the best for everybody, including the company, the public and for myself. So yes, I have given it up because I think it's the best choice now."
While she didn't reveal when she came to the decision, Ms Low admitted that she's had thoughts of quitting for some time.
Miss Low said that ERM World, organiser of Miss Singapore World pageant, has been informed and supports her decision.
ERM said it will be interviewing a new representative to represent Singapore at Miss World 2009 in the coming days and will announce who she is shortly. - TODAY/938LIVE/vm