Malaysia

Psy’s management says government did not pay for Penang gig

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — Scooter Braun Projects, the company that manages South Korean megastar Psy who shot to fame after the “Gangnam Style” song became a YouTube sensation, stated today that they had never been engaged or paid by the Malaysian government for the artist’s recent performance in Penang.

In a statement issued to Bernama today, the management stressed that news and articles circulating on the Internet, suggesting otherwise were therefore pure conjecture and manifestly untrue.

“Scooter Braun Projects wishes to categorically state that we have never been engaged or paid by the Malaysian government for the artist’s recent performance in Penang, Malaysia,” said the statement.

The management also denied allegations on blogs claiming that the Malaysian government sponsored the artist’s performance at the 1 Malaysia Chinese New Year Open House, last Monday.  

Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak clarified that the performance by Psy (picture) at the 1 Malaysia Chinese New Year Open House did not involve any public money.   

He also said the public was not charged a fee to watch the artiste who popularised the ‘Gangnam Style’ dance moves.  

Psy’s show was one of the highlights of the well-attended event organised by the Penang Barisan Nasional at the Han Chiang College.

DAP parliamentary advisor Lim Kit Siang renewed his criticisms today over the concert, saying that “the actual financier of the Psy appearance is being kept a secret, although the real identity of the funder is an open secret”, in a reference to opposition claims that Barisan Nasional had funded Psy’s appearance.

“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,” Lim said in a statement today.

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