MAT OVER: I HAVE
Comedian says his intention was ‘to solve the problem’
TAHIR ALHAMZAH KUALA LUMPUR firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.