Some of Malaysian Facebook users have tried to dissuade Psy from performing in the Chinese New Year's open house event (Graphic by Dayang Norazhar/ The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: In an obvious attempt to derail the highly-anticipated Korean superstar Psy’s appearance in Penang, anti-Barisan Nasional's Facebookers have resorted to sending messages via the social networking website, urging Psy not to turn up.
Some of them even resorted to translating their request into Korean, using the Google translation application.
However, Psy whose real name is Park Jae-sang is American-educated and have, in numerous interviews shown that he speaks good English.
Psy who shot to fame through his "Oppa Gangnam Style" K-pop song, is scheduled to perform in BN Penang’s open house celebration on Jan 11.
In one of the messages in Psy’s public Facebook page, a user known as Keng Hong wrote: “We hope that you will not attend the celebration party held by the Barisan Nasional in Penang, Malaysia in the coming Chinese New Year. (FYI, Barisan Nasional is the current ruling party of Malaysia government.)
"If you come to Malaysia, you will become the political tool and your performance will be politicized by Barisan Nasional. It is a political party which is seriously corrupted and always abuses the power to persecute Malaysians.”
Another user identified as Ee Khim Lee wrote: “dear MR PSY, please do not come to Malaysia perform during Chinese New year.... please help us save our money.... thank you very much...”
A Facebook page called “We Malaysians Don't want PSY to perform LIVE in Malaysia” was also created to garner support from people who oppose Psy’s appearance in the country.
However there are users who disagreed with the messages sent by Malaysians to Psy, describing the act as degrading the country.
WO Richard wrote: “Hello KIASU eh Malaysians. Why begging a Korean?? You really thought that he can change the GE results?? You ALL (those whom are spamming his wall begging him) sounds so stupid! Making Malaysians LOW CLASS! If you really wanna fight corruptions and whatever said (copy paste) by you. You should start registering yourself to help the needy to promote your whatever party. NOT HERE!
The problem is just next door to your home!! NOT KOREA!! NOT HERE IN FB!! Go fix the problem!! Not here! Bodoh! (Stupid).”
Preceding to this, Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng had urged DAP supporters to attend the celebration by wearing red colour t-shirt to represent the state, green t-shirt to represent the anti-Lynas movement and yellow to represent Bersih.
His suggestion was criticised by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who described it as an attempt to indirectly sabotage the event.
Blogger Rocky Bru in his latest post pointed out Guan Eng was letting DAP’s supporters or cybertroopers to put pressure on Psy via the Facebook not to come to Malaysia.
“Guan Eng had thought that Tony Pua's video ala Psy's Gangnam Style, the one that makes fun of BN and reportedly cost a bit of money to make, was a gem. Now that Psy himself is coming to Penang, that video would be as good as his week-old pang sai!,” Rocky wrote.