MAT OVER: I HAVE

Co­me­dian says his in­ten­tion was ‘to solve the prob­lem’

New Straits Times - - News -

TAHIR ALHAMZAH KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

CO­ME­DIAN Su­laiman Yassin, more pop­u­larly known as Mat Over, said he has no re­grets over his ac­tion. But he also said he bore no ill will to­wards film pro­ducer Datuk David Teo and be­lieved that this episode was over and wants ev­ery­one to move on.

To him, he said, be­ing re­spect­ful to­wards the host was a ba­sic com­mon cour­tesy.

And that was the rea­son why he re­acted the way he did to­wards Teo at the Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion (TN50) pro­gramme di­a­logue ses­sion with Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak at his of­fi­cial res­i­dence in Seri Per­dana, Putrajaya, on Wed­nes­day.

“It’s com­mon cour­tesy — when some­one in­vites you over to their house, you need to ob­serve a cer­tain deco­rum. More so when the host is the prime min­is­ter.

“Not ev­ery­one gets to be in­vited to Seri Per­dana to have an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with the prime min­is­ter,” the 65-year-old ac­tor told the New Straits Times.

“Na­jib de­serves re­spect from all of us. For David to be rais­ing his voice in front of him like that was un­ac­cept­able,” he said.

Su­laiman said his in­ten­tion was “to solve the prob­lem”, and not cre­ate a scene.

“It’s a spe­cial oc­ca­sion and the air­ing of sug­ges­tions and opin­ions should be done po­litely.

“David was given a minute to speak, but took longer than that.

“And to speak the way he did, in front of the prime min­is­ter, was dis­re­spect­ful,” he said.

“I at­tempted to slap him, but was sure that my hand didn’t hit his face.

“David tried to kick my legs, but missed. So in the end, no one was in­jured.”

The in­ci­dent was brought un­der con­trol by a se­cu­rity team, who then es­corted both men out.

Teo and Su­laiman later shook hands and em­braced each other in front of Na­jib.

Su­laiman also apol­o­gised to ev­ery­one who had seen the video and found his ac­tion un­called for.

“If I am dis­liked for this, I can’t do any­thing about it. But I’ve put this in­ci­dent be­hind me. Let’s move on,” he said.

PIC BY ASYRAF HAMZAH

A mem­ber of the se­cu­rity team get­ting be­tween Su­laiman Yassin, a.k.a Mat Over, and Datuk David Teo dur­ing the TN50 dis­cus­sions in Putrajaya on Wed­nes­day as Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and ac­tor Rosyam Noor look on.

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