INDONESIA - Governor Made Mangku Pastika insisted that he would fully support the Miss World pageant in Bali next month, saying that there was no reason to reject it.
"The participants and organizers of the Miss World pageant have agreed to abide by our requirements related to the bikini ban, so there is no particular reason to continue opposing this world-class beauty pageant," Pastika said, adding that in one session participants would be required to wear Indonesian traditional costumes.
The governor said when meeting with the Miss World organizers in his office in Denpasar on Tuesday afternoon that the event would have a tremendous impact on Bali's tourism in particular, and Indonesia's in general.
"There will be more than 130 contestants from 130 countries, with more than 1,400 international journalists covering the event," said Pastika.
He was happy that the local and international organizers had agreed to acknowledge Indonesian cultural values.
Julia Morley, chairwoman of Miss World Organisation, said, as quoted by world media, including AP, Reuters and Fox News, that Indonesia was not the only country that had such a culture.
"We like to work in a manner respectful to every country, and I cannot see why when you go to somebody's country you should not behave respectfully," Morley said.
She also confirmed that none of the contestants would wear a bikini.