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Thursday, May 24, 2012
More trouble for Gaga tour in Indonesia
American pop diva Lady Gaga's tour in Indonesia is plagued with more problems.
The National Police now says it will issue a concert permit for Gaga - only if the promoters achieve the monumental task of getting recommendations from the Religious Affairs Ministry and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).
Both organizations have shown strong opposition to her concert in Indonesia.
Police also demanded that concert promoter Big Daddy Entertainment get recommendations from the Tourism Ministry, the Home Affairs Ministry, the Director General of Immigration over 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, 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 Rp 465,000 (US$50.75) to Rp 2.25 million, 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 pop star shown something "abhorrent" they would end the performance.