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Banned Malaysian beauty contestants apologize for insulting Islam

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Three beauty queens who were forced to drop out of the Miss Malaysia World pageant because of a fatwa have issued an apology, saying they did not intend to insult Islam.

Three of the four dropped contestants — Wafa Johanna De Korte, Sara Amelia Bernard, Miera Sheikh and Kathrina Binti Ridzuan — issued their formal apology to the Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Department after the National Fatwa Council issued an edict against them, The Times of India reported.

The decision came by way of Federal Territories mufti Datuk Wan Zahidi Wan Teh, who said beauty pageants were declared haram, or sinful, under the Administration of Islamic Laws Act in February 1996. The contestants were told that if they competed in the event, they could face a fine or jail time.

The organizer of this year's Miss Malaysia World contest, Datuk Anna Lim, was disappointed that the country could not be represented by Malays, Fox News reported.

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