Psy and his Gangnam Style get caught up in Penang's politics

7 February 2013 / 3 years 8 months ago

South Korean sensation Psy, known for his billion-views Gangnam Style hit, might be caught up in Penang politics after he was invited by the ruling party to perform in Malaysia for their Chinese New Year open house.The Straits Times reported that the 35-year-old pop star was invited to perform next Monday, the second day of Chinese New Year, in Penang by the ruling party, Barisan Nasional (BN).The paper reported that the BN invited Psy as it wants to improve its standing with voters of the opposition party Democratic Action Party (DAP) in Penang and is capitalising on the star's popularity.Psy is slated to perform his famous horse-riding Gangnam Style in front of Prime Minister Najib Razak and 60,000 guests at the BN's Chinese New Year open house.The fees for Psy are covered by local sponsors, said Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, responding to allegations that BN was using public funds to pay for the performance, which is estimated to cost at least S$370,000.Psy's facebook page has been flooded by opposition supporters, who repeatedly posted a long message in comments which claimed that while they love his song, Psy will "become a poltical tool" and his "performance will be politicised by BN" if he visits Malaysia."Mr Psy, you can definitely dance with anybody, including Mr Ban (Ki Moon) but never Mr Najib Razak," the message read.There are at least two facebook pages also set up by some opposition supporters that urge Psy to stay away.Psy has yet to respond to the furore over his appearance, which was announced on Saturday.

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