Wednesday 2 December 2020 \

 

Protests against Miss World continue in Indonesia 

NO WAY: An Indonesian protester shouts slogans during a protest against the upcoming Miss World pageant in Jakarta, on Thursday.

Source : AP / 6 Sep 2013

Indonesian Muslim hard-liners resumed their protests Thursday against the Miss World pageant, as organizers insisted that the event would go on as scheduled this weekend on the resort island of Bali.

In Jakarta, the capital, about 1,000 members of Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia rallied outside the building housing the local organizer of the contest.

While chanting “Allah Akbar,” or God is Great, the protesters, mostly women, waved banners reading “Miss World = Culture Liberalization Campaign” and “Reject Miss World.”

Protests also were held in the Sumatran cities of Medan and Pekanbaru, as well as Makassar in Sulawesi. Protesters gathered at local council buildings, calling on the government to revoke the permit for the contest.

The local organizer, MNC media group, said it was not possible to cancel the contest or move the venue, and that the government had assured it that it would provide security and protection for the event.

“I think there is a misunderstanding,” Hary Tanoesoedibjo, head of MNC, told a news conference Wednesday in Bali. “I assure that there will be nothing that runs against our culture. I would not accept if there was a bikini show.”

The chairwoman of the Miss World Organization, Julia Morley, had earlier confirmed that none of the contestants would wear a bikini.

The competition will be held partly on Bali, with the final round set for Sept. 28 on the outskirts of Jakarta.

“The contest will not be different from other beauty pageants in Indonesia,” said Budi Rusmanto, an organizer in Jakarta. “The only difference is the participants.”

Rejection of the event has come not only from hard-line groups, but also from the country’s most influential clerics group, the Indonesia Ulema Council, whose fatwas, or edicts, are followed by many devoted Muslims.

Last week, the council urged the government to cancel the event, saying the exposure of skin by women in such a competition violates Islamic teachings.

On Wednesday, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, and Bandung, the West Java capital, while on Tuesday hundreds rallied in Jakarta.

 

We recommend

Social Networks