Kelantan raids transsexual beauty pageant
BACHOK, July 27 - No one was crowned at the Glam Nite Miss Universe Asia 2008 at a resort in Tok Bali in Bachok on Friday night.
However, 16 contestants had a free night stay with the Kelantan Islamic Religious Affairs Department enforcement officials who raided the transsexual beauty pageant in the hotel resort.
Officials said some 50 people, including a teacher, took part in the pageant which drew a raucous crowd of some 300 people, including transsexuals from across the country to the resort in a scenic part of Kelantan.
Enforcement unit chief assistant director Abdul Aziz Mohd Nor lead a team of 50 in the 10pm raid, saying those detained were in their 20s and 30s and were posing in women's dresses.
"Three of them managed to get away by diving into a nearby river while the rest were arrested and taken to the department's office in Kota Baru for further action," he said yesterday.
Abdul Aziz said the activities of the transsexuals, including dressing up like women, were against Islamic practices. He said they could be fined up to RM3,000 or jail if convicted.