On Wednesday (17th May), actor and comedian Sulaiman Yassin aka Mat Over slapped Metrowealth Pictures film producer and CEO David Teo during the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue event for the entertainment industry in Putrajaya. It was also reported that the unexpected incident took place in the presence of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
According to NST, the altercation between the 2 happened when Teo criticised award-winning actor Rosyam Nor, who was the session’s moderator, for not giving those seated at the back a chance to speak or ask questions. Seeing this, the security team immediately escorted Sulaiman and Teo out of the venue.
“I was just asking Rosyam about his use of the round stage, and the focus he was giving to only those seated in front. I also wanted to ask the prime minister some questions. But all of a sudden, he (Sulaiman) rushed over and slapped me,” Teo told Harian Metro.
However, Teo will not be taking legal action against Sulaiman. The Malaysian producer said, “I will not be taking any legal action against Sulaiman and have also forgiven him for his actions.”
Meanwhile, Sulaiman shared that he slapped Teo “to teach him some manners”. He explained, “I don’t think what I did was too extreme because it was done to teach him some manners. I did it mainly because we were in the presence of our leader who was hosting the event.”
“I have no regrets as David’s attitude was disrespectful towards the prime minister and Rosyam Nor as the moderator. As Malaysians, we should demonstrate better manners and respect,” he continued.
Watch what happened in the video below:
NST also noted that after the incident, Najib and Rosyam continued the dialogue session smoothly. Teo and Sulaiman, who were later brought in to the venue, shook hands and made up in front of Najib Razak.
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