This year Miss World contestants at the international event in Indonesia will not use bikinis. They will be required to wear instead Bali’s traditional long sarongs.
Even the sexy bikinis are traditionally part of the competition, they will be replaced to respect the local customs and values. Decision was made by the Miss World Organization because this is a sensitive issue in Indonesia, maintained especially by clerics of the Indonesian Council of Ulema. They have intention to send a letter to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asking that the beauty pageant be cancelled. “That contest is just an excuse to show women’s body parta that should remain covered” said Mukri Aji, a cleric representative from West Java province. Muslim groups, adherent of Islam, plan to stage a protest against the competition.
According Wikipedia, about 13% of Muslims live in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country. The Islamic law requires women to cover legs, shoulders and head or the whole body apart from the face.
Indonesian Miss World organizers have promised to design a beautiful one piece beachwear for the
competition’s contestants. The chairwoman of the Miss World Organisation, Julia Morley, said with clarity about this situation, accepting it: “I cannot see why when you go to somebody’s country you should not behave respectfully”.