Melinder Kaur Bhullar was crowned Miss Malaysia World 2013 during the Grand Finale which was held on August 2, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Controversy erupted after four Muslim participants were dropped as contestants after they were barred from contesting in the beauty pageant due to a religious decree issued by the Malaysian Islamic National Fatwa Council Committee.
The Miss World 2013 grand finale will be conducted in Indonesia which is the largest Muslim populated country in the world.
Jawi Director Datuk Che Mat Che Ali said, “The four girls are disappointed, while the other contestants are happy and beaming and have already started off their Miss Malaysia World program.”
“It’s sad to know that the girls cannot participate. They are beautiful and have a lot of the right attributes,” she added.
“The note I wrote on Facebook has received more than 3,000 shares. I didn’t expect it to go viral,” she said.
The disqualified four muslim finalists have been invited to the Miss Malaysia World program as guests.