Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has blasted Miss Pacific Islands, Latafale Auva’a, for choosing the Miss World Pageant over the regional one.
The Miss Pacific Islands pageant is being held in the Cook Islands from 11-12 December.
However, the Miss World pageant is being held in China on 19 December.
The 133 contestants – including Ms. Auva’a - are required to arrive a month before, to prepare. It means she will not be able to attend the Miss Pacific Islands to hand over the crown.