57-Day Countdown to 13 GE – two lessons for Najib from the RM3.5 million farce of the Penang performance of Psy’s Gangnam Style


I was piqued. I confess that I had not seen Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s Chinese New Year advertisement as lion dance troupe drummer although it has been put up for five days.

It was after reading Kee Thuan Chye’s Malaysiakini article “The PM is Demeaning Himself” that I searched YouTube to see for myself whether Kee’s caustic comments were justified, and I must say, Kee hit the bull’s eye.

I particularly checked on the veracity of the criticism about the erroneous writing of the Chinese word “吉”, (as Najib has adopted Ah Jib Gor as his Chinese name) with the upper horizontal line being shorter than the bottom one which connotes bad luck for Ah Jib Gor.

Kee is absolutely right.

Clearly, Najib is not well-served by the best political strategists and public relations advisers that money can buy, although money is the least of his problems, considering the money Najib and UMNO/Barisan Nasional are pouring like water all over the country in the past months, including the millions of ringgit just to organise the Psy’s Gangnam Style extravaganza in Penang on the second day of the CNY.

But money clearly cannot buy everything. I passed by Han Chiang School grounds this morning, and it looked like a giant wasteland of litter and garbage. Money could bring the Korean K-pop superstar and his Gangnam Style troupe in a 20-hour flight straight from Brazil to Penang, but not to restore Han Chiang School grounds to its clean and spotless condition despite passage of 48 hours after the disastrous Najib CNY do.

This is an expensive lesson to Najib and the UMNO/BN that there are things that money cannot buy – like love, loyalty, patriotism and of course, votes!

Or Najib would not have to suffer public humiliation at the BN CNY do in Penang with the one-minute video continuing to go viral with more and more Malaysians seeing for themselves the unforgettable spectacle of the Prime Minister being answered with three thunderous “Yes” when he asked the crowd “Are you ready for Psy?” followed by three thunderous “No” when he asked: “Are you ready for BN?”

In fact, a second video clip of Najib’s disastrous “Psy’s Gangnam Style” CNY outing in Penang is now going viral, a seven-minute video of Najib’s second embarrassment where he and former Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah were stranded on stage waiting for the Korean superstar to join them in the “Toss Yee San” ceremony, but who eventually had to sheepishly leave the stage when Psy refused to join Najib in the “yee san” ceremony.

Najib has tweeted that the performance by Psy and his Gangnam Style troupe, which costs some RM3.5 million, did not involve any public money.

There are two lessons for Najib and his political minders and spin-doctors:

Firstly, they should not be so naïve as to regard Malaysians are so gullible as to believe that Psy’s appearance in Penang, flying straight for 20 hours from Brazil, would not eventually have to be paid by the Malaysian taxpayers in one form or another. This is why the actual financier of the Psy appearance is being kept a secret, although the real identity of the funder is an open secret.

Secondly, that there are things that money cannot buy – like three “Yes” to Najib’s question three times whether they are ready for BN, or more importantly, votes for the 13 General Elections to determine whether for the first time in the country’s 55-year history there should be a change of Federal Government and for a Pakatan Rakyat government to replace Barisan Nasional in Putrajaya.

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  1. #1 by homeblogger on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 - 4:00 pm

    And to top off the 3 “NO’s” that he got, this video shows 5 minutes of malu-fication …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmemYrrSPY4

  2. #2 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 - 4:27 pm

    Lesson learned: Do your work. Buat kerja. You actually have a few yrs to do your work. You could have done some serious work but you wasted those precious years orgying away and promoting yourself as a celebrity.

    Ops, too late now for you to do anything meaningful.

    Anyway, psy sang and danced in great style. And he snubbed jib and BN in great style too. And for that, tell us umno, would psy be banned from entering the country forever. You know, umno ni dah naik marah. MonsterO’mamak promised to strip ambiga off her citizenship for co-leading the BERSIH movement. Should umno now do something similar to psy for snubbing umno – the GOD and grand master of the universe? Well at least, declared lah yg psy tu be banned.

  3. #3 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 - 4:37 pm

    Why didn’t the organizers ask for Psy’s participation to toss “yee-sang” before Psy arrived in Malaysia? That would have saved Najib’s embarrassment.

    However, we must not rule out some of the organizers who belong to Muhyiddin’s camp were saboteurs. That is to say they (saboteurs) knew beforehand Psy would not want to toss “yee-sang” but purposely put Najib in an embarrassing position.

  4. #4 by good coolie on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 - 6:45 pm

    The one who tossed “yee-sang” insincerely would be tossed out soon.

  5. #5 by bumiborn on Thursday, 14 February 2013 - 1:30 am

    Do you think Psy would come out to retossed the 2nd handed yee sang??? Najib did not bother to wait for everyone ready, he just nonchalantly bulldozed the yee sang!!!

  6. #6 by bumiborn on Thursday, 14 February 2013 - 1:31 am

    Najib did not bother to wait for everyone ready, he just nonchalantly bulldozed the yee sang!!! Psy not going to second handed it.

  7. #7 by chengho on Thursday, 14 February 2013 - 8:07 am

    Najib trying too hard , the chinese will never vote for BN , the malay so divided , in realpolitik this is the time , unless Pas moving to UMNO

  8. #8 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 14 February 2013 - 9:07 am

    They are trying so hard to try to blunt the fall-out except to answer the full transparency disclosure of who paid for Psy question and how is no one saw the fiasco coming, it only confirms what a fiasco it is and how deep it has hit the heart of UMNO/BN. There is so much blaming going around, it deafening…

  9. #9 by cseng on Thursday, 14 February 2013 - 10:52 am

    He is surrounded with opportunists, apologists, read only self cencosoring medias, talk only rhetoric, how can he get connected to the ground realities…

    If he knows the reality, why embassing himself? After that resounding nox3, Penang should consider resolve the state assembly first…to lead into change.

  10. #10 by Cinapek on Thursday, 14 February 2013 - 10:54 am

    The fiasco that is the “Oppa BN style” in Penang was my best CNY ang pow…

  11. #11 by joean on Thursday, 14 February 2013 - 6:59 pm

    bumiborn, I can’t stop laughing with your “bulldozed” comment. Good one!!!

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