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Jakarta Post

S. Sumatra civil servants under fire for allegedly demanding free Westlife tickets

  • Yulia Savitri

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang   /   Sun, August 25, 2019   /  05:05 pm
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Irish boy band Westlife staged a concert as part of the Westlife: The Twenty Tour 2019 at Gelora Sriwijaya Jakabaring Stadium (GSJ), Palembang, South Sumatra, on Aug. 18.(JP/Yulia Savitri)

Civil servants in South Sumatra are under fire for allegedly asking for free tickets to a Westlife concert in the provincial capital Palembang, which was held on Aug. 18.  Netizens learned about the request after concert promoter Musi Event uploaded a post on Instagram in which it conceded to feeling burdened by officials asking for free VIP seats. “We have come to the conclusion that Palembang is not ready to host international concerts like this, as there are many parties who disrespect ticket sales, which is a source of income for promoters,” Musi Event wrote on its account. Aside from ticket sales, the promoter also complained about guards being placed at the event’s special-track service.  “It feels like we can’t be normal people for a night, yet people demand us to deliver the best services.” Responding to the viral p...