Indonesia insists to host Miss World pageant

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Amidhan Sabrah, chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulema, the highest Islamic body in the country.

Despite protests from Muslim clerics and even severe threats against the organisers of the Miss World beauty pageant, the contest will go ahead in September as planned in Bali and the conference town of Sentul, Bogor near Jakarta, said Syafril Nasution, corporate affairs director for RCTI, the organiser and official broadcaster of the event.

He said that RCTI has got support from the government and is not planning to make use of anything that is against religious and cultural values, including a bikini contest which has been cancelled.

All of the more than 130 contestants will be required to wear Bali’s traditional long sarongs instead of the sexy bikinis that are historically part of the competition.

Muslim clerics have said that the contest was “haram” and “not part of Indonesia’s customs,” and added that the Muslim Council was “not a religious police” but “has the right to object.”

Amidhan Sabrah, chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulema, the highest Islamic body in the country, said that such an event would “objectify” women.

The clerics argued that even though the bikini round has been cancelled, the contestants would still be wearing body hugging clothes and gowns which will expose parts of their bodies. Such exposure was against Muslim teaching, they said.

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Amidhan Sabrah, chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulema, the highest Islamic body in the country.

Despite protests from Muslim clerics and even severe threats against the organisers of the Miss World beauty pageant, the contest will go ahead in September as planned in Bali and the conference town of Sentul, Bogor near Jakarta, said Syafril Nasution, corporate affairs director for RCTI, the organiser and official broadcaster of the event.

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Amidhan Sabrah, chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulema, the highest Islamic body in the country.

Despite protests from Muslim clerics and even severe threats against the organisers of the Miss World beauty pageant, the contest will go ahead in September as planned in Bali and the conference town of Sentul, Bogor near Jakarta, said Syafril Nasution, corporate affairs director for RCTI, the organiser and official broadcaster of the event.

He said that RCTI has got support from the government and is not planning to make use of anything that is against religious and cultural values, including a bikini contest which has been cancelled.

All of the more than 130 contestants will be required to wear Bali’s traditional long sarongs instead of the sexy bikinis that are historically part of the competition.

Muslim clerics have said that the contest was “haram” and “not part of Indonesia’s customs,” and added that the Muslim Council was “not a religious police” but “has the right to object.”

Amidhan Sabrah, chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulema, the highest Islamic body in the country, said that such an event would “objectify” women.

The clerics argued that even though the bikini round has been cancelled, the contestants would still be wearing body hugging clothes and gowns which will expose parts of their bodies. Such exposure was against Muslim teaching, they said.

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