PETALING JAYA: Movie producer David Teo and actor-comedian Sulaiman Yassin, who were involved in a scuffle at a National Transformation (TN50) dialogue session, say they are putting the ugly episode behind them and urged Malaysians to do the same.
Teo, the Metrowealth Pictures chief executive officer, said that he has forgiven Sulaiman, who is better known as Mat Over, with an open heart.
“I told the Prime Minister that I forgive him (Sulaiman) over the incident, when I shook the Prime Minister’s hands (on that night),” Teo said when contacted yesterday.
Teo explained that he was talking to the moderator of the programme, actor-producer Datuk Rosyam Nor, before the scuffle happened.
“It was not my intention to be rude to the Prime Minister. I just told Rosyam some of the participants were not given an equal chance (to talk). I had yet to talk to the Prime Minister so how could I be rude to the Prime Minister?” he asked.
Sulaiman also expressed the intention to move on from what happened.
“I was just unhappy because he did not respect the Prime Minister by raising his voice. Anyway, both of us apologised to one another in front of the Prime Minister, and I ask all Malaysians to move on from this chapter.
“No one was injured during the incident, because he was not hit when I tried to slap him. I also did not kena (not injured) when he tried to kick me,” he said.
On Wednesday night, Teo was accosted by Sulaiman just a few feet in front of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Security personnel broke up the scuffle and separated Teo and Sulaiman. They were escorted out of the hall and the dialogue continued without any further incident.
At the end of the session, Rosyam called Teo and Sulaiman to the stage and both shook hands and hugged .
In a tweet, Najib said all the information received during the TN50 dialogue sessions would be looked into.
“Discussion got a little too intense yesterday! A lively discussion but it’s all good now. All will be heard for @myTN50,” tweeted Najib.
In a prior tweet, Najib said he found the session with the country’s art activists to be “enthusiastic”, stating that all present were happy to be together to draft the direction of Malaysia’s future.
Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz believes the incident took place at the spur of the moment.
“It is a personal issue between the two of them. We should all move on and focus on the important lessons from the event,” he said.
Though a truce may have been called the police will call in Teo and Sulaiman over the incident.
Putrajaya OCPD Asst Comm Rosly Hassan said a probe has been initiated after police filed a report and another report made by the public in Pudu yesterday.
ACP Rosly said although both sides had made peace, the police were obligated to investigate the matter since the incident was recorded and had gone viral.
“We will look into the matter and call in witnesses,” he said, adding that both men would also be called to give their statements soon.
The case is being investigated under Section 323 of the Penal Code for causing hurt.