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Jakarta Post

Protest and praise from Aceh

  • Hotli Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 13 2009   /  12:11 pm

While bedazzling much of the country after winning the Miss Indonesia crown, Aceh native Qory Sandrioriva's feat is also raising hackles in her notoriously conservative home province. "I'm very proud of Qory's success," said Banda Aceh housewife Heny. "Aceh has sent representatives to compete in the pageant several times, but this is the first time Aceh has achieved the highest title." Heny said the protests were inappropriate and only "diminish from the fighting spirit of Acehnese women to perform at the national as well as international level". Qory's victory was marred by a minor controversy over her decision not to wear a headscarf, obligatory for all Muslim women in Aceh. "The headscarf incident was nothing; the judges don't choose someone just based on physical appearance, but also on their capabilities," Heny said. She added headscarves did not define...