The Sarawak Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) has asked five Muslim contestants in the ongoing Miss Borneo Beautiful 2011 to pull out from the pageant finals.
The advice was given in a counselling session for the five women at the Jais premises yesterday.
The five -- Melatie Melissa, 22, Natasha Nur Amarina Mohamad Kaie, 21, Adira Kamil, 23, Sharifah Nadzirah Wan Hamid, 23, and Roszainah Suhaili, 21 -- sat through two hours of counselling.
Present were president of Majlis Islam Sarawak Datuk Putit Mat Zen, Jais director Abang Shamsudin Abang Seruji and Sarawak mufti Kipli Yassin.
Abang Shamsudin said the department had received several public complaints.
"The syariah dictates that beauty pageants are illegal. Their parents should be aware of this."