The contest was part of a segment of the Miss Astro Chinese International Pageant 2019, which was supposed to have been aired live on the satellite TV.
An Astro executive said the organiser only received DBKL’s letter prohibiting the event a day before it was to take place in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
“This is a non-Muslim competition and it is a live show. We have followed all government procedures to apply for the necessary licences.
“The sudden ban severely disrupted our original programme planning,” the executive was quoted as saying.
The particular segment was subsequently changed with modification to the attire.
The reports said the swimsuit contest was a normal segment of the international pageant and did not previously face problems from the authorities.
When contacted, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad’s press officer said the minister is abroad.
The officer said Khalid’s office will seek clarification from DBKL tomorrow.