20 May 2017
A slap is never ‘just a slap’
Is it a crime to slap a person?
Then there is a definition called “Hurt” under the Penal Code article 319: Whoever causes bodily pain, disease or infirmity to any person is said to cause hurt.
In the incident at the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Wednesday, May 17, it has been clearly established by numerous videos that comedian-actor Sulaiman Yassin walked from his seat many rows away from the stage to deliver a slap to movie producer David Teo. He ended up hitting Teo’s left arm.
Sulaiman claims he was motivated to teach Teo a lesson because he was incensed by what he perceived to be Teo’s disrespectful behaviour in Najib’s presence. Teo had loudly criticised forum moderator Datuk Rosyam Nor for not giving a chance for other attendees not in the front rows to speak.
Rosyam then allowed Teo to speak and as the latter started reciting his pantun, Sulaiman hit him.
While it sounds very commendable for a person to want to protect another person, be it a national leader or one’s offspring, can this justify an act of violence?
Police are now investigating because two reports were lodged.
Putrajaya OCPD Asst Comm Rosly Hassan said even though both sides had made peace, the police were obligated to investigate under the Penal Code for causing hurt.
David Teo: How many times must I apologise?
PETALING JAYA: Film producer David Teo is exasperated at being repeatedly asked to apologise over an incident at a National Transformation 2050 dialogue on Wednesday, which was hosted by Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Teo, who was slapped by an actor at the gathering, said he had apologised to Najib over the brief scuffle that followed the attack.
“I don’t know how many times they want me to apologise and to whom – the public or the person who slapped me?” he said in an interview with FMT. “I’ve already apologised to the prime minister. That’s enough lah.
“Saying sorry once is more meaningful than saying it ten times.”
Demands for an apology have come from several Malay NGOs who accused Teo of rude behaviour in the presence of the prime minister.
Teo is the CEO of Metrowealth Pictures. The Television Producers Association of Malaysia (PTVM), of which he is a member, tendered a public apology on his behalf yesterday.
PTVM president Jurey Latiff Rosli said he was sure that Teo had no intention of being rude during the event.
Teo said PTVM decided on its own to make the apology. He said he did not need anyone to apologise on his behalf.
18 May 2017
David Teo: I was slapped and I have to apologise?
PETALING JAYA: Film producer David Teo says he is baffled that several NGOs are pressuring him to apologise for last night’s slapping incident.
Speaking to FMT, the Metrowealth Pictures CEO said: “What a weird world.
“Someone slapped me, but I have to apologise to him (actor Sulaiman Yassin) and the public?”
#AWANInews Slapping incident: PVTM apologises on behalf of David Teo
KUALA LUMPUR: The Television Producers Association of Malaysia (PTVM) today apologised on behalf of its member, David Teo, for allegedly being rude during the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue attended by the prime minister last night.
PTVM president Datuk Jurey Latiff Rosli said he was confident that Teo who is Metroweatlh (MIG) Sdn Bhd chief executive officer, who was slapped by an actor, had no intention to be rude or destructive during the event.
He also rubbished claims by Mohd Ali Baharom, better known as Ali Tinju, that he was hired by some “irresponsible politicians” to disrupt the event, saying this was untrue.
He told FMT that he would consider taking legal action against Ali Tinju, but would consult with legal experts before deciding on the next course of action.
“I have no political background or ties to any political parties. I’m just a businessman.”
To those who accused him of being rude to Najib, Teo said they should watch the video of the incident carefully before making such allegations.
He said he had been speaking to Rosyam when Sulaiman came and slapped him.
“I hadn’t even begun to address the prime minister at the time,” he added.
Police opens investigation into TN50 scuffle
PUTRAJAYA: Police will begin an investigation into the scuffle which broke out during the National Transformation (TN50) Dialogue Session with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at Seri Perdana yesterday.
Putrajaya Police chief ACP Rosly Hasan said two police reports were made today on the incident; one by a civilian in Pudu and the other, by the police.
“The police have decided to make a report to initiative an investigation into the case after numerous viral messages, photos and videos were widely circulated on media social on the issue. However, the affected individuals did not come forward to report the incident.
“The second report, on the other hand, was made by a civilian in Pudu this afternoon on his dissatisfaction over incident, which is deemed to have disrespected the prime minister,” he told reporters during a press conference today.
Rosly said the police will meet with the deputy public prosecutor tomorrow to get an order to open an investigation paper on the case.
“Upon receiving the order, we will call up the three main people involved in the incident to record their statements along with several other witnesses who present at the event,” he added.
Ali Tinju claims DAP likely hired Teo to disrupt Najib’s event
KUALA LUMPUR: Mohd Ali Baharom, better known as Ali Tinju, has placed the blame for last night’s scuffle between two local artistes on DAP.
The president of Pertubuhan Pembela Nasib Melayu (Pembela) claimed that Metrowealth Pictures film producer and CEO David Teo was paid by DAP to create a ruckus at the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue with Prime Minister Najib Razak.
He also accused Teo of being DAP’s stooge in the party’s attempt to embarrass Najib in public.
“I’m sure and I read on Facebook and WhatsApp that there are those who say Teo is DAP’s stooge.
“I want to question Teo’s attendance (at the dialogue). This is because he appears to have been hired by irresponsible politicians like Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Muhyiddin Yassin and maybe by DAP leaders.
“Maybe he was paid, or else he wouldn’t have acted that way.
“In fact, we see Teo as always causing problems for the Malays and being rude to the Malays.”
Ali Tinju was referring to a previous incident where Teo had belittled legendary artiste, the late P Ramlee, saying the actor had died penniless.
Victim blaming example: ~Teo accused being opposition ~Mat Over doesn’t regret ~Seniman: everybody don’t kaypoh End: David Teo apologizes!
David Teo Diminta Mohon Maaf Secara Terbuka
Apologise or face protest, Malay NGO group tells film director
A group of Malay NGOs have demanded that film director David Teo apologises publicly, and on a live presentation, to all Malaysians for being rude at an event attended by the prime minister.
Teo’s failure to do so within three days, Gabungan Memertabatkan Pejuang Negara (GMPN) president Major (Rtd) Razali Zakaria said, the group would mobilise a protest against him.
“I want him to apologise officially to all Malaysians and do it live,” Razali told the media outside Teo’s office in PJS5, Petaling Jaya, this afternoon.
This is despite Teo having apologised to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak yesterday.
“If he refuses to do so, then his apology (last night) was not sincere, merely a lip service,” added Razali, who was accompanied by five represetatives from five GMPN member NGOs.
He went on to congratulate comedian Sulaiman Yassin, also known as Mat Over, for stopping Teo’s speech by taking swift action.
Razali also demanded to see Teo at his office to seek his clarification, but left when told that he was not in the office.
Filmmaker David Teo denies being rude to PM (VIDEO)
KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — Film producer Datuk David Teo denied today that he was rude to the prime minister at a National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue, clarifying that he was speaking to the moderator.
Teo also told Star Online that he has forgiven actor Sulaiman Yassin, better known as Mat Over, for slapping him in front of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak while Teo was speaking at the forum.
“It was not my intention to be rude to the prime minister. I just told Rosyam some of the participants were not given equal chance (to talk),” Teo, who is Metrowealth Pictures (MIG) CEO, was quoted saying, referring to the dialogue moderator Datuk Rosyam Nor.
“I have yet to talk to the prime minister. So I have no problem with anybody. How can I be rude to the prime minister?” he added.
Teo reportedly said he told Najib that he did not see it coming.
“I also told the prime minister that I forgive him (Sulaiman), when I shook the prime minister’s hands,” he was quoted saying.
Groups to protest against director slapped in front of PM
KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — Several non-governmental groups are organising a protest outside Datuk David Teo’s Metrowealth Pictures (MiG) today over his behaviour during a National Transformation 2050 (TN50) session last night.
Despite Teo being the recipient of a slap from an actor, the groups are targeting him for his conduct that purportedly prompted actor Sulaiman Yassin to slap him directly in front of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
According to the obscure GMPN group that is organising the protest this afternoon, organisations that have confirmed their attendance include the Red Shirts Movement and Kelab Artis 1Malaysia.
“We want this to be a lesson to all Malaysians. You can’t be rude to the PM and get away with it. We don’t want this incident to repeat,” GMPN head Major Razali Zakaria told Malay Mail Online.
“We condemn his actions. He should issue a proper open apology to all, yesterday’s apology was just lip service.”
Razali said Teo should also be stripped of his honorary rank of major in the paramilitary People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela).
PKR: Najib wrong in not condemning assault on David Teo
PETALING JAYA: A PKR lawmaker criticised Prime Minister Najib Razak’s lack of condemnation for an assault which occurred in front of him and also disrupted the TN50 dialogue in Seri Perdana yesterday.
“It is shocking and unacceptable that the Prime Minister of Malaysia, having witnessed at close quarters this act of criminal violence, said nothing to condemn or disapprove of the assault to the audience present.
What shocked the PKR vice-president further was the nonchalance with which Najib wanted the event to proceed just after the incident.
“Najib can be heard saying in the aftermath of this violent assault, ‘shift it to somebody else’,” Surendran said.
He also took the prime minister to task for asking Teo and his attacker to shake hands to resolve the matter.
“When a criminal act has taken place, neither the PM nor anyone else has any business trying to settle the matter between them.
“The attacker has, in full view of TV cameras, committed criminal offences for which he can be charged under Sections 351 and 321 of the Penal Code. These offences are respectively, assault and voluntarily causing hurt.”
Surendran also urged the Inspector-General of Police to direct an immediate investigation into the incident, especially because the identity of the perpetrator can clearly be established from the video recordings of the incident.
‘I have no regrets slapping David Teo’
“I don’t think what I did was too extreme. It was done to teach him some manners.” That was the frank admission by actor/comedian Sulaiman Yassin, over him slapping film director David Teo during a National Transformation 2050 (TN50) event in front of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at Seri Perdana, last night, reported Harian Metro. (Screen capture from Youtube video)
KUALA LUMPUR: “I don’t think what I did was too extreme. It was done to teach him some manners.”
That was the frank admission by actor/comedian Sulaiman Yassin, over him slapping film director David Teo during a National Transformation 2050 (TN50) event in front of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at Seri Perdana, last night, reported Harian Metro.
“I don’t think it was extreme as it was to teach him some ‘adab’ (manners) especially when in front of a leader who is also the host of the event.
“I have no regrets as David’s attitude was disrespectful towards the prime minister and (Datuk) Rosyam Nor as the moderator. As a Malaysian, we should by rights have manners and respect,” said Sulaiman, also known as Mat Over.
The incident was sparked when Teo appeared to question the manner in which Rosyam handled the session, and claimed that Rosyam was not giving an equal chance for everyone to voice their views.
The programme, aired live on Facebook, saw Rosyam chide Teo, who was deemed as being disrespectful towards the prime minister.
Rosyam then gave way to Teo to air his thoughts, and the film director began to recite a poem.
However, before Teo could finish, Sulaiman appeared on the scene and slapped Teo.
PETALING JAYA: Film and TV director David Teo says he will not be taking any legal action against actor/comedian Sulaiman Yassin who slapped him during the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue event in Seri Perdana, last night, Harian Metro reported.
17 May 2017
One incident, two versions: Who is lying?
When met after, Sulaiman or better known as Mat Over claimed that the incident was staged and there was no bad blood between him and Teo.
“The incident just now was just a gimmick. It is a part of today’s programme,” he said with a laugh.
Teo however claimed that he was not trying to provoke anyone by his queries.
He also claimed that it was not a gimmick and he did not know Sulaiman personally to play along with the act.
17 May 2017
Actor slaps film producer David Teo in front of Najib
Actor Sulaiman Yassin slapped Teo after the film producer criticised the event’s moderator for allegedly overlooking those seated at the back.
PETALING JAYA: Two local artistes were involved in a scuffle at a National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue for the entertainment industry attended by Prime Minister Najib Razak in Putrajaya tonight.
The altercation reportedly took place between actor Sulaiman Yassin, more popularly known as Mat Over, and well-known Metrowealth Pictures film producer and CEO David Teo.
Teo had criticised the session’s moderator, Rosyam Nor, for allegedly overlooking those seated at the back when it came to asking questions or speaking, theSundaily said.
At this point, Sulaiman was said to have rushed over and suddenly slapped Teo.
Security officials subsequently escorted both Teo and Sulaiman from the venue, a hall at Seri Perdana.
Rosyam, who is also a director and actor, said he was embarrassed over the incident and apologised to Najib.
The duo emerged several minutes later and also apologised to Najib, drawing applause from the crowd.
Film director assaulted in front of PM during TN50 dialogue
Slap and kick drama in front of PM at TN50 dialogue
Film director David Teo was attacked in front of Najib Abdul Razak during a Transformasi Nasional 50 (TN50) dialogue session at the prime minister’s official residence in Putrajaya tonight.
During the special TN50 dialogue for the entertainment industry, Teo had complained that Najib, who stood on a circular podium, was only taking questions from one side of the banquet hall.
The emcee, fellow director, and actor Rosyam Nor, then told Teo (photo) that he should “behave” and use his one minute to provide ideas.
Despite Teo’s boisterous response, the prime minister smiled throughout and gestured for him to ask his question.
Teo then concurred and began his question.
However, a man was seen walking from the back to the front of the hall while pointing at Teo.
He was heard saying “don’t be rude in front of the prime minister” before lunging at Teo, who was only a short distance away from the prime minister.
The incident was carried live on Najib’s Facebook but was not republished.
According to another video from within the audience which provided a different angle, the man who had approached Teo was comedian Sulaiman Yassin, better known as “Mat Over”.
Sulaiman was seen delivering a slap at Teo.
However, the slap landed on the left hand of Teo’s, who saw him coming and had tried to parry the attack.
A struggle then ensued and Teo subsequently tried to kick Sulaiman away.
The audience and security personnel quickly intervened to separate the two.