"We are not Sharia police, we are not law enforcers," Shaberah said, referring to authorities who enforce Islamic law. "But we suggest the government cancel it."
Adjie S. Soeratmadjie of RCTI, the official broadcaster and local organizer of the event, said the concerns were being heard and that some adjustments were being made to make the pageant more appropriate for Indonesian culture and more like other beauty contests held in the country.
"We understand the position" of the council, Soeratmadjie said. "But the show must go on … we call on the protesters to avoid anarchy and we are sure authorities can maintain security."
He added that Miss Israel had dropped out of the competition, but declined to give the reason. Indonesia and Israel do not have diplomatic relations.The reason? Well, it could be that she has a stomach bug. But I think it's probably because she fears for her life in "moderate" Indonesia.