The Straits Times
Published on Feb 03, 2013

Psy to perform at Malaysia ruling coalition party


KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - South Korea's Psy will perform his famous Gangnam Style dance at an event organised by Malaysia's ruling coalition, an official said on Sunday as the bloc tries to attract young voters ahead of polls.

Psy will perform the hit, which made history as the most-watched video on YouTube, at a Chinese New Year party on the northern island of Penang on Feb 11, said Mr Loh Hock Hun from the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA).

The organisers hope to attract some 60,000 people including Prime Minister Najib Razak, Loh said. He could not say how much the concert, to be staged by the Barisan Nasional coalition of which the MCA is part, would cost. Some 25 per cent of Malaysia's 29 million people are ethnic Chinese and celebrate the lunar new year.

Mr Najib, who must face tough elections by June at the latest, hopes to improve on his coalition's worst ever poll performance in 2008. Those aged below 40 make up 40 per cent of the electorate.