Psy gallops in as M'sia ruling party strives to win voters' hearts

12 February 2013 / 3 years 8 months ago

As South Korean superstar Psy galloped onto the stage with his Gangnam Style moves, he was cheered by the frenzied thousands who turned up at the Chinese New Year party hosted by the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the opposition-held Penang state.The federal ruling coalition attracted tens of thousands to see Psy perform at its open house in Georgetown yesterday, as it stepped up its campaign to woo Penangites before the general election to be called within weeks.Prime Minister Najib Razak, who hosted the open house, told the people that he was celebrating the Chinese New Year in Penang to get closer to them."I am listening to the people of Penang who want more affordable housing. I want to commit that we will deliver 20,000 units of affordable houses in the next five years," he said."I commit the government to solving traffic woes here by implementing a monorail system," he added before Psy performed his hit song Oppa Gangnam Style, backed by a Korean dance group.Datuk Seri Najib was spending two days on the Pakatan Rakyat-held island as he sought to kick-start a campaign to regain Penang, which the BN lost in the 2008 general election.It will be a tough challenge, however, as the large Chinese community in Penang and elsewhere in Malaysia is seen as largely supportive of the opposition.Mr Najib has even made a Chinese New Year video depicting him playing the Chinese drums for a lion dance as he extended his best wishes for the festival.

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