Aliran is deeply disturbed by the reported threat on the young life of the well-known Korean pop sensation Psy, who recently gyrated to the satisfaction of his fans at a performance in Penang organised by Barisan Nasional in conjunction with the Lunar New Year.
It is not only the life of Psy that was at stake, but also the image of Malaysia – whose people are generally peace-loving. At a time when the national crime index is said to be improving, this revelation of a attempt on the superstar’s life would surely smudge the image of the country as a peaceful place especially when the event has made headlines the world over. Furthermore, this tarnished image goes against the grain of the courtesy that Malaysians often extend to visitors and guests.
It doesn’t augur well for fun-loving Malaysians to be subjected to such a danger especially when they were there to enjoy the new year and the sensational performance, Gangnam-style no less. Thank God Psy was nonetheless able to give his best on stage despite the security threat.
Equally appalling is that the Prime Minister and his entourage, who were together on stage for the celebrated yee sang, would have been easily vulnerable to such a security risk. The premier, the group around him and the ordinary rakyat in the audience should have been swiftly alerted to so that they could have been shielded imminent danger.
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We call upon the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into this foiled attempt on the life of Psy as it has repercussions on the image of the country, the entertainment industry as well as tourism. It could also have a possible effect on the political fortunes of the BN and on Malaysia-South Korea diplomatic relations.
Last but not least, we condemn unreservedly the killjoys!
Dr Mustafa K Anuar
Aliran Hon. Secretary
15 February 2013