Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Psy was in Penang!

So the famous internet sensation of 2012 appeared in Penang for a Chinese New Year (CNY) open house held by the Malaysian ruling party to perform his hit song Gangnam Style.

Now, Penang is now under the Opposition party since the last election and generally the Penangites are happy with the new administration. Why the ruling party planned a massive CNY party in Penang instead of one of the states they rule is clear enough indication of their reasons. They probably thought that by having a superstar, crowds would be drawn to them, which they did, for there were reportedly 60,000 people who turned up.

Instead of boosting the popularity of the political party as they had hoped, the Penangites stayed true to themselves and had responded without giving “face”. They were there to see Psy perform!

Prior to his arrival in Penang, Psy’s Facebook was flooded with Malaysian fans telling him not to come to Malaysia due to the fear of him being used as a political tool. So with that, I’m quite sure he was well aware he was only there to perform. He even declined participating in the Yee Sang toss with the leaders.

It was very funny/embarrassing (for them) to see all the YouTube videos circulating immediately after the event that day. Even CNBC had coverage on it:

Notice how there were no translations needed for the answer to "Are you ready for BN?"

What was incredible thereafter was that the local newspapers completely ignored this part of the event. There’s even a denial from Psy’s manager to say that the government did not pay for their fee. If that’s the case, then who was the generous sponsor? I don’t know about you but if I had to fork out millions, I’d like to shout my brand name and plaster the whole place with “ABC is Proud to Sponsor Psy!” and make him wear my brand across his shirt, pants, shoes and sunglasses! Hahahaha!

Oh, unless I have been promised some other millions in other businesses to shut up and not reveal who I was. Now that would be a good business decision, yes? So I wonder what’s in it for the sponsor?

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