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Indonesian police to ‘allow’ with conditions Lady Gaga’s gig
Publication Date : 22-05-2012
The Indonesian National Police now say it will issue a concert permit for American pop diva Lady Gaga - but only if the promoters achieve the monumental task of getting recommendations from the Religious Affairs Ministry and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).
Both organisations have shown strong opposition to the singer’s concert in Indonesia.
Police also demanded that concert promoter Big Daddy Entertainment have recommendations from the Tourism Ministry, the Home Affairs Ministry, the director general of Immigration over Lady Gaga’s visa and the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry.
A permit from the management of Bung Karno Stadium, where the planned June 3 concert will be held, is also required.
"If the promoter obtains recommendations from all those institutions, then we will issue a concert permit for Lady Gaga,” police spokesman Insp. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution said Tuesday, as quoted by tempo.co.
Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali said last week that Gaga "indulges in pornography by wearing revealing costumes” and she would have a negative influence on young Indonesians.
"Her lyrics indicate that she is also an anti-religious person. During her concerts, Lady Gaga looks like a devil worshiper,” said the minister, who admitted he had never watched any of Gaga’s music videos, as quoted by kompas.com.
More than 50,000 tickets, with prices ranging from 465,000 rupiah (US$50.75) to 2.25 million rupiah ($241), have been sold for the Grammy Award-winner’s concert since they went on sale on March 10.
Saud said the police would monitor the concert and if the singer shown something “abhorrent” they would end the performance.
The requirements set by police would be fulfilled, Big Daddy Entertainment spokesman Arif Romadhoni said, adding that the promoter had also told Lady Gaga’s management to “respect Indonesian culture” during the Jakarta concert.
MUI art and culture division head Cholil Ridwan said the organisation would discuss whether a recommendation would be issued at a leadership meeting on Tuesday.