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Cops to probe slapping incident
Published on: Friday, May 19, 2017

Putra Jaya: Police will investigate the scuffle 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 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, was made by a civilian in Pudu on his dissatisfaction over incident, which is deemed to have disrespected the Prime Minister," he told reporters. 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.

He added the case will be probed under Section 323 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum one-year jail term or a maximum RM2,000 fine or both.

Rosly also advised Malaysians to refrain from making uncouth comments on the matter and allow the police to carry out the investigation.

The scuffle in the presence of Najib last night, saw comedian Sulaiman Yassin slapping film director David Teo.

The incident was sparked when Teo appeared to question the manner of Datuk Rosyam Nor, the moderator of the dialogue session in handling the session, in which he claimed Rosyam did not give all a fair chance to voice their views.

The programme, aired live on Facebook, saw Rosyam chiding Teo for 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.

The incident was immediately brought under control by the security team, and both men were escorted out of the venue.

The scuffle ended peacefully when both parties made their peace. They shook hands and hugged, in front of the Prime Minister and Rosyam.

Teo described the incident as his "most embarrassing" moment to date.

"This (the incident) was the most embarrassing thing to happen to me ever since I first got involved in the local entertainment industry," he said.

Teo said he wished to put the issue to rest and hoped that there would be no repeats.

"When I shook hands with the prime minister (Datuk Seri Najib Razak), I apologised to him even though I did not start the chaos," he said.

Teo also maintained that he wasn't being 'biadap' (rude), as claimed.

"I understood that it was a casual event, and there was no protocol involved. I was also speaking out as I was representing the veteran artistes' association who were seated behind, and their voices couldn't be heard by the moderator (Rosyam)," he said.

Teo said he actually had a question for the prime minister at the event and it was something that had been keeping for awhile.

"But I didn't manage to ask it, not after what happened. It more or less has to do with improving the TN50 programme," said Teo.

However, when asked on what the question was, Teo said he wasn't prepared to share it in detail at the moment.

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