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Indonesian ministry gives blessing to Gaga concert

(Xinhua)

15:54, May 24, 2012

JAKARTA, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry has given support to U.S. singer Lady Gaga's planned performance in Jakarta on June 3 and given its recommendation to the national police on issuance of a concert permit, local media reported here on Thursday.

The ministry's director general for cultural value, arts and film, Ukus Kuswara, said Thursday that the government had given " its blessing" for the concert to go on as scheduled.

"We issued our recommendation to the National Police for the planned concert to go on as scheduled last week," he was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.

The director said the concert promoter, Big Daddy Entertainment, had asked the ministry to issue a recommendation to the National Police so that the law enforcement agency would issue a concert permit for the American diva.

The National Police said Monday that the promoter must get recommendations from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and the Religious Affairs Ministry before they would issue a concert permit.

Both parties refused to issue the recommendations.

The National Police also demanded recommendations from the Tourism Ministry, the Home Affairs Ministry and the Director General of Immigration and the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry.

The Manpower and Transmigration Ministry says it has no problem issuing a work permit for Lady Gaga under the condition that she goes through the required legal procedures.

Ministry representative Reyna Usman said that the work-permit issuing process for Gaga had so far run smoothly and was currently entering its final phase.

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