Gaga saga is final –
without permit, say Jakarta

The Jakarta Police insisted on Friday that it would stay with its original decision not to recommend the National Police issue a permit for American pop singer Lady Gaga’s planned June 3 concert.

"That decision is final," Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said as quoted by kompas.com.

Rikwanto’s statement comes as an apparent contradiction to National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo’s statement on Wednesday night that the police were still evaluating whether they should issue the permit or not by taking into account interests from different groups of people.

Rikwanto earlier said the Jakarta Police would not issue a recommendation to the National Police to issue a permit for the eccentric singer's “Born This Way Ball” world tour concert at Bung Karno Main Stadium in Senayan, Central Jakarta, because she would bring “the faith of Satan to the country and thus would destroy the nation’s morals”.

As if nodding to pressure from hard-line groups, such as the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), Rikwanto also said “Lady Gaga indulges in revealing her body, dancing erotically and spreading pornography.”

He argued that the decision had been made by "looking at the big picture".

Big Daddy Entertainment, Gaga's local concert promoter, said that around 50,000 tickets priced from Rp 465,000 (US$50.75) to Rp 2.25 million had been sold for the gig since sales opened on March 10. (png/mtq)

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