On 11th February 2013, Korean (and now international) superstar Psy galloped over Han Chiang High School in Penang to perform at the Barisan Nasional open house.
Although, we can’t deny that the Chinese New Year gig was widely shunned by some members of the general public. Some even took it to Psy’s Facebook page and they sure weren’t very discreet about it:
But the show must go on. And it did.
It’s true though that tens of thousands of people turned up to see Psy that hot afternoon. And it’s true that Psy’s live performance of his hit song, “Gangnam Style” for the very first time in Malaysia was something that all attendees had looked forward to. In fact, he performed it twice because – and this is in his own words – “I flew 20 hours from Brazil to get here. I won’t just leave after four minutes, so just for the Chinese New Year and Asia, I will sing it again”.
But it appears that Psy was there for just that – nothing more, nothing less. As a matter of fact, we hear that Psy left immediately after his scheduled Chinese New Year performance. So immediate that after his performance, Malaysian Tourism Minister Ng Yen Yen had apparently instructed an emcee to invite Psy on stage to join a “Yee Sang” tossing sessions with the Barisan Nasional leaders at the open house. The Barisan Nasional leaders had clapped and waited on stage for Psy for five whole minutes, but he didn’t turn up – despite the emcee’s repeated invitation.:
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Because one would think that Psy had to leave immediately due to his schedule but it was later discovered that he had ample time to dine at a Korean BBQ restaurant in Tanjung Tokong. After which, he left on his private jet which took off only at 1:44am on 12th January 2013.
Ng Yen Yen has since refused to shed light on speculation on the “Yee Sang” toss that has obviously gone awry.