Monday February 4, 2013
K-pop sensation Psy to perform at state BN open house
GEORGE TOWN: K-pop sensation Psy is all set to celebrate Chinese New Year in Penang at the most happening open house in the country - the state Barisan Nasional open house.
Psy replied to a tweet from a fan @matthewmaXxi welcoming him to Malaysia, saying: “seems like it's #TRUE! ^^” (emoticon used to express happiness, alternative for smiley face).
Psy's tweet was uploaded at 6.07am on Feb 2 although it could not be ascertained where he tweeted from. The tweet has since been retweeted 1,055 times as at 7pm Malaysian time yesterday.
@matthewmaXxi had tweeted “Welcome to malaysiaa @psy_oppa celebrating chinese new year here in Malaysia !!!”
Psy is slotted to perform alongside Asian Wave 2012 champion Shila Amzah at the Feb 11 event at the Han Chiang High School field.
Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer and record producer who shot to super-stardom when his hit song Gangnam Style became a worldwide sensation.
The music video exceeded one billion views on YouTube, becoming the first and only video to do so in the website's history.
Shila Amzah, 22, emerged as Asian Wave 2012 champion when she garnered enough votes online to beat contestants from China, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and India.
She is known for singing in Mandarin, notably her rendition of Zheng Fu, a number by Chinese star Na Ying. She sang this at the finals in Shanghai.
The competition has been touted as the first reality singing show aimed at selecting Asia's next superstar, similar to American Idol.
MCA vice-president and Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said the Barisan open house was a tourism programme.
Dr Ng, who is Penang MCA chairman, said Penangites should feel proud that the Korean superstar was coming to their homestate.
“He is coming (to Malaysia) in March but he will be in Penang first, so you should feel proud.
“Everybody wants Psy Kuala Lumpur wants him too but the Prime Minister is bringing him here.
“We are sending out the message to (the people in) Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore everywhere. And, they will come,” she said at a press conference after the “My Beautiful Malaysia Day” cleaning campaign in Teluk Bahang yesterday.
Penang Barisan Youth chief Oh Tong Keong said the programme for the open house would be confirmed today.
He said the Han Chiang High School field was chosen because of its strategic location and easy accessibility.
“It is also big enough to accommodate the estimated 60,000 crowd that is expected to come.”