Indonesian Muslim Hard-liners Vow to Stop Miss World

Miss Indonesia Ines Putri Tjiptadi parades during the Miss World 2012 final ceremony at the Dongsheng stadium in the inner Mongolian city of Ordos on August 18, 2012. (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)

Miss Indonesia Ines Putri Tjiptadi parades during the Miss World 2012 final ceremony at the Dongsheng stadium in the inner Mongolian city of Ordos on August 18, 2012. (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)

Islamic hard-liners vowed Thursday to stop the “immoral” Miss World beauty pageant taking place in Indonesia even after organizers agreed this year’s contestants would not wear bikinis.

The Hizb ut-Tahrir group slammed the show as like “selling women’s bodies” and threatened to hold demonstrations against it, while a group in the province where the final is due to take place also voiced strong opposition.

More than 130 women will compete in the September event, with some rounds on the resort island of Bali and the final in Bogor outside Jakarta. Bogor is in West Java province, parts of which are considered a stronghold for radicals.

Organizers confirmed on Wednesday the contestants would not wear bikinis during the beach fashion section, to be held in Bali, and would instead wear more conservative attire such as traditional sarongs.

However, the concession was not enough for hardline groups in Indonesia, where some 90 percent of the 240 million population are Muslims.

“Supporting this event is the same as supporting the selling of women’s bodies,” said Ismail Yusanto, spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia, who also warned the group may organize protests.

“Women are lowering themselves by allowing themselves to be turned into objects, to be stared at and have their bodies measured.”

Hardline group the Islam Reformist Movement (Garis), which is affiliated with prominent radicals the Islamic Defenders Front, also said the bikini ban was not enough.

“They will still wear outfits that will encourage sex and immoral acts,” said Chep Hernawan, the head of Garis which has its base in West Java province.

The organizers have insisted the decision not to have bikinis was taken when the deal was struck last year to host the show, and not after pressure from radicals.

Vocal protesters have succeeded in getting events cancelled in the past in Indonesia.

Last year, pop sensation Lady Gaga axed a concert after hard-liners threatened to burn down the venue and criticized her for wearing only “a bra and panties.”

Most Indonesians practice a moderate form of Islam.

Rights group the National Commission on Violence Against Women urged people to take a more measured view of Miss World.

People should consider whether “the contest really looks at the women as humans and judges them based on their talents,” said Andi Yentriyani, a commissioner with the group.

Agence France-Presse

  • TalkingEid

    “Most Indonesians practice a moderate form of Islam.” – you could have fooled me.

  • devine

    “They will still wear outfits that will encourage sex and immoral acts,” said Chep Hernawan, the head of Garis which has its base in West Java province”
    Hey Chep, how do you explain then that Indonesia grew from 80 mio in the early ’80s to 250 mio now???
    And I guess they will get a heavy beating if they dare to show up in Bali to interupt this event… wonder if they are brave enough… we are waiting for you…!

  • MadWorld

    Sunni fundamentalist at its best, TERRORISM.

  • Disappointed

    Those who speak the loudest are usually those whose brains are the emptiest. Just saying.

  • yogatantra

    Good, just come down here to Bali, they will be cut off.

  • Maca

    The reality is one and only one, these people are extremely ignorant and desperate.

    • Guest

      And kept deliberately so by the criminals running the country and Indoislam.

  • Muffinman

    I hope it goes ahead. I’m curious as to how Indonesia was even considered as a suitable host for a Miss World Pagent ? Obviously there are many people in the international community who still think Bali is the capital of Indonesia and that “Most Indonesians practice a moderate form of Islam.”
    When they get to the final rounds of the pagent and viewers around the world suddenly realise that there is no beach wear parade ( in Bali ! ) a few viewpoints about Indonesia may be enlightened.

  • Bellend

    Now if it was a kids beauty contest, no problem.

  • Hunri a

    no one is adopting Islam anu its a cancer

  • DrDez

    Ladies – Gents

    whilst you are all heated up and expressing views the real criminality goes unnoticed – this is a deflection. SEX is the technique that is used time and time again throughout the tenure of Bill S Preston (air guitar solo) to divert attention from the real issues of the day.

    Military spends and business
    New control bills
    etc etc
    Globe and readers – Please do not take the eye off the ball -

  • meautiayu

    I feel pity for these orthodox-thinking, hardliners, what on Earth are they thinking that Miss World is only selling women’s body? They think it is something like red district ya, so shallow! It is only their hallucination, just please people, government and organiser, gather up and make a stand against them. Tell them how wrong they are, and just shut up.

  • Tatanka

    In my opinion there is no need for the event organizers to reason with those who have no reasoning capacity. Follow the law whereby if the organizers already obtain a permit, then proceed. There will always be camps who disagree with anything anyone is planning to do. So long as there is a permit, then ignore those thugs. At the most they are asking for money anyway. Once there is a permit, then it is the job for the police to provide protection (and hire additional ‘security personnel’ to ‘further’ secure the event).

    No need to cater and facilitate those thugs. In other countries Hizbut Tahrir has been linked to Al Qaeda and terrorism. In fact, Hizbut Tahrir has been banned in several countries. So, no need to even establish any communication, let alone negotiate, with terrorist organization.

    • Kardoman Tumangger

      Totally agree! Hizbut Thahrir and others muslim hardliners group never created peace! They look like terrorist!

      • MadWorld

        They are Terrorist, not look alike !!!

  • MadWorld

    Indonesia I presumed have approximately 1 million square kilometre land mass, the Bali beach where miss world will take place, 3000square meter. The moslim pious youth are then advised to go somewhere else, to puncak to commit adultery halally, or talk to your goat.
    On all television set are an”OFF” & *ON* switch, to those who compulsorily disgusted to look at the Miss World Pageant, use you OFF switch and go to the mosque or surf to other channel to see stoning or flogging of woman. Then I suggest to take your medicine and go to sleep .Till the next call for prayer.
    But please get off my back !!!

    • Hooswho

      “On all television set are an”OFF” & *ON* switch”

      Please explain that to my kids – in our home it is permanently in the ON position

      • MadWorld

        We used to have the same type of REBELS at home. And usually they were looking at the most bikini clad ladies channel, never , never to a prayers or flogging channels. Thank God there are normal kids, I am a happy father.

  • Tatanka

    I disagree totally with anyone who claims Indonesia should not hold any beauty contest. In fact, Indonesia MUST hold the contest as shown on the attached picture.

    • MadWorld

      I really love the black one.

  • Amelie F

    “‘They will still wear outfits that will encourage sex and immoral acts,’ said Chep Hernawan, the head of Garis which has its base in West Java province.”

    Come on! They’re the ones who need to stop thinking so dirty. If their faith is so strong, they do not need censorship.

  • TGIF

    And Indonesia allow these foreign fundamentalist and Islamist people to come here and spread questionable hate speechesAsk any Indonesian who may have watched yesterday’s morning Rally on TV. Most educated people with brains were appalled and disgusted.

    Ignorant Muslims should be careful what they ask for…And they wish they would have never listen to the fundamentalist once their loved ones are hurt or brainwashed. According to them democracy is haram. There are Muslims killing each other rather than foreign intervention. None of us is blind to learn of what is going on in the Middle East and in this country’s very own backyard for that matter.

  • Dirk

    We need that supposedly heroic local “investigative journalist” celebrated in yesterday’s JG to look into who is financing these clowns. Once everyone knows they are not defending “Eastern culture” but rather serving foreign interests, maybe they can be shouted down and in the end ignored.

  • MadWorld

    You mean shackles too???

  • TalkingEid

    Indeed val – and at this rate will soon be the lepers of the world.