Bomb threat got Miss S'pore worried

Bomb threat got Miss S'pore worried
Miss World Megan Young (left) and Miss Singapore Maria-Anna Zenieris.

As her big day approached, she wondered whether it was safe to carry on.

"It was the first time I had ever felt threatened to such an extent," said Miss Singapore, Maria-Anna Zenieris, of the days leading up to the Miss World 2013 finals at Nusa Dua in southern Bali last Saturday.

Amid bomb threats and protests against the beauty pageant being held in Indonesia, delegates from all over the world travelled to the Muslim-majority country.

The beauty queens from 127 countries were heavily guarded. Each girl was escorted by a chaperone to the toilet, meals and even to the gym at the hotel, said Miss Zenieris, 18.

Heavily-armed police with water cannons guarded the pageant venue.

This year's controversial edition was initially set to be held in Jakarta, but was later moved to Hindu- dominated Bali.

Miss Zenieris, who returned to Singapore on Sunday, said: "We came across an article online about the bombing rumours and how the protestors were planning to make their way (from Jakarta) to Bali. It got to a point where we weren't sure whether it was safe to be present at the finals."

Hardline group Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) had issued threats to the organisers, branding the pageant as "pornography" and a "whore contest".

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