JAKARTA - Jama'ah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT) has become the latest hard-line Islamic organisation to condemn the 2013 Miss World pageant, which is to take place in Bali from Sept. 4 to 15, saying the show was no more than a parade of women's genitalia and, as such, was strictly prohibited by Islamic teachings.
In a press statement, JAT also accused the show of being a way in which Western countries were demoralizing Indonesians and corrupting the country's culture and morality.
"The event is merely a business based on lust. It will do nothing but harass women and, therefore, it is irrelevant to the efforts to boost the country's image," JAT spokesman Son Hadi said in the statement sent to The Jakarta Post on Saturday.
JAT was founded by firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir as a response to what he called the intelligence penetration of his previous organisation, the Indonesia Mujahidin Council.
JAT is notorious for the number of its activists who have allegedly been involved in various terrorist attacks in the country. In fact, Ba'asyir himself was sentenced to 15 years in prison having been found guilty of organising military training camps in Aceh in 2010. Ba'asyir was also deemed to have inspired and endorsed his followers to launch terrorist attacks for decades.