Red Shirts demand apology from film producer David Teo

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  • Thursday, 18 May 2017

GMPN president (Ret) Major Razali Zakaria (second from left) speaking to reporters outside the Metrowealth Pictures office on Thursday.

PETALING JAYA: Several Red Shirt members gathered outside the office of movie producer David Teo Thursday to demand an apology from him for “behaving rudely” in front of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue in Putrajaya.  

Teo was involved in a scuffle with actor and comedian Sulaiman Yassin, better known as Mat Over, during the dialogue at Seri Perdana on Wednesday night.  

The group, comprising representatives from several NGOs, such as Gerakan Memartabatkan Pejuang Negara (GMPN), said Teo’s actions could not be tolerated as he had tainted an official function attended by the Prime Minister.  

“Action must be taken against Teo to serve as a lesson to all Malaysians not to behave rudely at an official function of the Prime Minister,” group leader Mejar (Ret) Razali Zakaria told reporters outside the Metrowealth Pictures office here.  

Teo, who is chief executive officer of Metrowealth Pictures, was not around when the group arrived.  

“We demand that Teo make a ‘live apology’ to all Malaysians. We cannot accept the apology he made during yesterday's function as PM merely forgave him professionally,” said Razali, who is GMPN president.  

The group had reportedly issued an invite saying it would hold a protest outside Teo's office, to which Razali denied.  

He said they only wanted to meet with Teo and seek an explanation from him.  

“We are giving him three days to apologise. If he doesn't, then we will meet with the Information Ministry and demand they take appropriate action against him,” he said.  

He also urged the Defence Ministry to revoke Teo’s "Honorary Major" title.  

A number of police officers were stationed outside the office to monitor the situation.

During the dialogue on Wednesday night, Teo was reportedly unhappy with the moderator, actor Datuk Rosyam Nor, for not giving all the participants an equal chance to speak with Najib, who was guest-of-honour.

Sulaiman, who was allegedly angered at the way Teo was speaking, then walked up to him from the audience and tried to slap him.

The pair were quickly separated by security personnel and escorted out, and the programme continued without incident.

Sulaiman and Teo were later brought back in at the end of the session and were called to the stage, where they made peace by shaking hands and hugging each other. They also shook hands with Najib.

A video of the incident has since gone viral.

On Thursday, Teo and Sulaiman said that they had forgiven each other over the incident. Sulaiman called on all Malaysians to move on.  

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