LGBT Contest in Bali Canceled

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The plan for organizing the Grand Final Mister and Miss Gaya Dewata 2018 on Bali was canceled. Head of Bali Regional Police Relations, Kombes Pol Hengky Widjaja, said he would ensure that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) beauty contest would not be held.


"The Director of Intelligence of the Bali Regional Police has confirmed that the activity was canceled due to rejection from the Balinese community," Hengky told Republika.co.id, Wednesday (10/10).

Hengky stated that the Bali Regional Police had received official letters of rejection from many community institutions, one of them was the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) of Bali Province. A number of scholars in Bali directly expressed their refusal.

Republika.co.id has not succeeded in confirming the organizer, in this case Yayasan Gaya Dewata. The official page of the foundation, headquartered at Jalan Sakura IV, Dangin Puri Kangin, Denpasar, was also not accessible.

The MUI of the Province of Bali expressed an attitude of rejection of all forms of activities on behalf of LGBT in Indonesia and Bali in particular. The Chairperson of the Bali MUI, Muhammad Taufik Asadi, said that his party had received information on plans for the Grand Final of the Mister and Miss Style Dewata 2018 activities to be held by the Gaya Dewata Foundation on October 10, 2018.

"This is clearly very alarming, because these actions are clearly contrary to moral and religious values ​​in Indonesia," Taufik said in writing.

The Bali MUI as a forum for all Muslims in Bali has been carrying out the Indonesian religious and constitutional principles. Taufik added, LGBT behavior is deviant and contrary to morality and religion.

LGBT behavior, said Taufik, also contradicts the first principle of Pancasila, the Almighty Godhead. This also contradicts Article 28 and 29 of the 1945 Constitution so that all forms of deviant activities constitute constitutional behavior.

"To avoid undesirable things, such as the forced dissolution or horizontal conflicts between groups of people, the Bali MUI appealed to the government, especially the Bali Regional Police, to prohibit, cancel, and disband the activity," Taufik said.
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