David Teo: No need to answer critics, already said sorry to PM

Datuk David Teo was slapped by veteran actor Sulaiman Yassin at the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue session in Seri Perdana, May 17, 2017. — YouTube screenshot

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — Datuk David Teo said today he would not be entertaining any more criticisms after the slapping incident at the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue session last night.

The popular filmmaker said that the matter has already been resolved after he apologised to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“This matter, I don’t think I have to answer as everything was already settled in front of the Prime Minister yesterday.

“I told the Prime Minister how sorry I was after the incident. So what more?

“If there are any more issues, then they have to go back to the Prime Minister, “Teo said when contacted.

He added that Najib had graciously accepted his apology and Teo would not “overrule” the prime minister’s decision on the matter.

“We already settled in front of the prime minister and he himself has accepted it with a big heart. Why are there then third and fourth parties coming? I don’t have to answer, “he added.

Last night at a National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue session between PM Najib and local entertainers, actor Sulaiman Yassin slapped Teo while the latter was attempting to ask Najib questions.

Prior to that, Teo allegedly took a jab at the event moderator, actor Datuk Rosyam Nor, for only focusing on artistes sitting at the front rows.

Sulaiman then hurried to Teo from his seat and slapped the latter, prompting a scuffle. The duo were then escorted out of the hall and later made peace in front of Najib.

The New Straits Times reported Sulaiman, better known as Mat Over, as saying that he did not regret his actions, while Teo indicated that he will not pursue the matter further.

However earlier today, several Malay groups demanded that Teo apologise via “live” channels, for his allegedly rude behaviour to the prime minister, though the film producer was assaulted there.

Calling themselves Gerakan Memartabatkan Pejuang Negara (GMPN), the group members also urged the Communications and Multimedia Ministry to “take action” against the Metrowealth Pictures (MIG) CEO if he refused to heed their demands.

They also gave Teo three days to apologise.