Are you ready for Psy? “YES!” Are you ready for BN? “NO!”

Are you ready for Psy? “YES!” Are you ready for BN? “NO!”

With a few loud responses, the crowd at the Gangnam gig in Penang this morning told Najib exactly what they thought of his attempts to milk Psy’s performance for the BN’s political advantage. See the video link below.

Come to think of it, Psy’s Gangnam has played no small role in moulding public reaction, first through the “Ubah rocket style” and then in provoking the above reaction from the crowd. Let’s not forget the “Listen! Listen!” dance remix video set to Gangnam music.

Najib foolishly thought it was safe to mix Psy and the BN together and hope that the BN could bask in reflected glory. Perhaps he thought it was safe seeing that there were not many green- and yellow-shirted people in the crowd.

So now, this spontaneous reaction will go viral and set tongues wagging in coffee-shops and homes across the country. It is nothing short of a public relations disaster for the BN boys. All the BN’s hard work in bringing Psy to Penang undone in one fell swoop. This is one of those instances where the viral possibilities of social media can expose unforeseen loopholes and unexpected gaffes in the best laid plans. This was a public relations disaster.

Even the emcee was too ‘shy’ to pronounce Psy’s name (pronounced ‘sai’, which means something else in Chinese! If you don’t know, just ask around). Instead, he kept referring to the artiste as P-S-Y (i.e. spelling out the name)!

Even the 1Malaysia flags (in BN blue – not exactly the most auspicious colour for Chinese New Year) put up all over the place in conjunction with the event irritated many Penangites. A source said that the organisers had received permission to put up a certain number of flags (1000 or 1500) along certain routes. Instead, many routes in the island were swamped with these flags, apparently well over the permitted number. Respect for the rule of law?

The crowd in Penang (not more than 50000 – though TV1 reported in its 8.00pm bulletin it was more than 80000!) told Najib in no uncertain terms what they thought of his attempts to marginalise the real issues in the campaign. The people of Penang have spoken.

How much did it cost per minute to bring Psy in? Was it worth it from the BN’s perspective?

Milking Psy’s presence in Penang for political advantage. Epic FAIL!


  1. Two different headlines on the same event:

    Singapore Straits Time:
    “BN gets Big No from crowd”

    Malaysia’s NST:
    “Najib wins over crowd in Penang”.

    As the eye-witness to the event, I am very sad that Malaysia’s newspapers are reporting lies!

  2. Anil: “few loud responses”

    GK: We expect the same response from each hardcore pakatan supporters. Is that a news for you ???

    The point is people enjoyed the show and appreciate BN works.

    Janji BN dtepati. 1Malaysia PM Najib is PM for all.

    Another thing is people can see how troublesome and STUPID LGE it is when responding to BN events.

    • Its not just hardcore supporter. Its the voice of the people, the majority.
      People are there to enjoy and not be propagandize for political mileage.
      Remember what the pornstar adulterer president and Malay 1st Deputy PM said. The CNY open house is for celebration and not to be politicize
      And this stupid PM tried to propagandize a Chinese New Year celebration.
      Yes real stupid PM because he thought he could get a Yes but instead was given a No.
      And the Psy was smart enough not to be used. I come to entertain and not to be used for political mileage even if I am being paid 2 millions. And LGE was smart enough not to go lest he be used.
      And still have idiot always in denial when the message is CLEAR

  3. I think Najib is a political naivete. First he planted blue all over Penang on the first day of Chinese New Year. That in itself is already a disaster. Second he promised PSY is here to entertain Penangites but then he choose to add BN into the equation. What is dumb thing to do!

  4. I went out for a while after posting my earlier comment.
    I saw MPPP workers dismantling those dangerous blue flags at the Burma Road – Anson Road junction. MPPP workers are working at this wee hour to remove the pile of PSY left by some irresponsible people. It’s cheese and chalk on who has a sense of responsibility and who has PSY only.

  5. The PM has made a fool of himself by mixing politics with entertainment. He must sack his advisers for giving him stupid advice. He should know Penangites have made up their mind on who to trust this coming GE. FIFTY FOUR YEARS IS ENOUGH FOR ONE PARTY TO RULE. They have seen and tasted the changes brought about by DAP rule in the last 5 years.

  6. Listen, listen listen… if the Teng fellow has the slightest sense of responsibility. He should get his gang to IMMEDIATELY remove all the haphazard flags all over town. They are now drooping even lower. These low hanging BLUE flags are present danger to motorcyclists at night.

  7. Spending Rm3 millions (just to get Psy to perform) was a sheer waste of money, nevermind that it was sponsored by private corporation (as claimed by BN).
    The money could have alternative, meaning uses such as building a tram system in innercity George Town, an old folks home or planting more trees along main roads.
    It is as if BN played a Psy’s parody-skit of the toilet seat – all good corporate monies flushed down the toilet hole in minutes.
    If it is true, then these corporates are a guilty of wanton wastage of financial resources.

      • nkkhoo shared your sentiments as he claimed Johor Chinese still support BN after receiving free oranges from MCA. How sad.

      • If Penangites could stand in the scorching just to see Psy, and yet said “No, No, NO” to you know who, what did that say a lot about Penangites?
        Principles, brother.

    • Hi everyone,

      It was reported in TV media in Singapore that the Pg BN CNY function spent USD2million (equivalent to RM6.3 million). The TV media even telecasted the resounding NO response to Najib’s “Are you ready for BN?”.

      Now, the organising chairman Oh Tong Keong is saying that it was not in the programme for Psy to toss the Yee Sang with the PM, while the BN State Chairman Teng C Y is saying that there was a threat to Psy life, (apparently) spinning more and more lies to try to cover up the embarrassment when Psy refused to be made use of for BN’s shameless publicity stunt!! Both these spineless characters spinning to minimise the snub to the PM and BN!! Very strange that if there was an actual threat to Psy’s life, why then would Psy patronise a Korean restaurant, next to the Petronas petrol station in Tg Tokong, for some 3 hours, not fearing for his own safety!

  8. Penang ‘sai’ Najib Gangnam-style.

    There really is actually a big big issue on this. Given that the public has shown it is more than willing to express its opinion publicly. Its quite clear come GE-13, the opposition events will be very very well attended – among which they will ‘Psy’ the ceramah. If that happens in Selangor and PR don’t win, the consequences would be disastrous…

  9. Don’t see how putting up the flags all over the place will do good to the people, but a waste of resources. The more they put, the more irritated people get… BN, stop being so superficial, ok?

  10. We, Penangites are not ready for “Sai” politics.
    In Hokkien, “Sai” means shits.
    I could feel some faces turned BN dark blue when the “No” response thundered in the hot afternoon sunshine.
    Cheers Kopi-O kau kau to those who sent the truth of the political matter in Han Chiang field.

    • sadly we indians not so “solidarity” like pakatan supporters who still carry the true original han chiang 308 spirits in rejecting money politikus ! i hope those who enjoy buah pala can tell the brothers in other states the true picture we penangites know best of rather than the spin doctors in mainstream media.

      tunglang for once wake up to his true form (thks to Ah Kuat kopi o kau kau?) and reject the empty promises like monorail and especially the street food museum of 2Tengs.

      Opa Opa Opa Penang Style even PSY dare not join the “toast” with politikus and left the scene after dance not to associate his image with you know who.

  11. Must surely rank high up in those “Pie-In-The-Face” moments.. ever !!
    That is why when outstation people arrive in Penang and ask me what Penangites feel of the current political climate.. I will first remark “DO NOT BELIEVE everything you read in the papers !!”

    We shall await the spin-doctors in tomorrow’s main-stream-press carry out damage control..


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