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Malaysia resort drops bikini show

A beach resort in Muslim-majority Malaysia has scrapped a publicity event for an international Miss Bikini pageant after officials warned it could promote indecent behaviour.

The Pangkor Island Beach Resort had planned to host a preview of the pageant, scheduled to take place in Thailand.

However, government officials in Malaysia's northern Perak state insisted the event would "tarnish the country's image".

The resort will proceed with a Full Moon Beach Party on October 7 but will cancel the Miss Bikini preview, said spokeswoman Doris Chin.

The preview would have featured an ice sculpture and announcements of pageant details, but no women parading in bikinis, she added.

Controversy surfaced partly because some Muslim activists believed the resort was organising a bikini-wearing contest in Pangkor.

The activists were also concerned because photos on Facebook of a beach party at the resort last year showed several young bikini-clad women.

Ms Chin said the resort cannot prevent female guests from wearing bikinis but it will ensure that no women who do so appear on-stage during the party to "respect the government requirements and local culture".

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