Indonesians say no to Miss World? No, just some

Earlier this week, Indonesia has caught the attention of the world when one of its “most influential Islamic groups” called for the cancellation of the upcoming Miss World pageant, which is to pla

Indonesians say no to Miss World? No, just some

Earlier this week, Indonesia has caught the attention of the world when one of its “most influential Islamic groups” called for the cancellation of the upcoming Miss World pageant, which is to place in the popular resort island of Bali.

“Our position is clear, we reject Indonesia being the host of Miss World,” the chairman of the Ulema Council, Amidan Shaberah, has said. “Because exposing their bodies in a contest is against Islamic teachings.”

It has been reported that Shaberah and his group held a top-level meeting of clerics was held earlier this month to discuss protests from some groups over Indonesia’s hosting of yearly-held beauty pageant.

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Among those protesting also include the leader of the Islamic Defender Front, Habib Rizieg Shihab, who blatantly issued a warning to the Indonesian government: “Don’t try to make Bali an Island of evil that sins against God’s word.”

This development comes even after Miss World organizers had already announced its decision to replace the pageant’s traditional swimsuit competition from bikini to “more conservative sarongs.”

Protesters, which are comprised mostly of Muslim clerics, contend that the exposure of skin by women in a competition violates Muslim teachings.

Bali, the host city for Miss World 2013, is one of Indonesia’s leading tourist destinations. The event’s cancellation could send a wrong message that the “world” is not invited to Bali. For a country that is already dealing with perception issues concerning travel safety, this can’t be good news for Indonesian tourism stakeholders.

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