Cops to record wit­ness state­ments over di­a­logue ses­sion scuf­fle

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PUTRAJAYA: Po­lice will soon call those in­volved in a scuf­fle dur­ing a di­a­logue here to record their state­ments to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Putrajaya po­lice chief As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Rosly Hasan said po­lice would also record wit­nesses’ state­ments of the in­ci­dent, which hap­pened dur­ing the Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion 2050 di­a­logue ses­sion on Wed­nes­day.

He said this fol­lowed two re­ports lodged by a mem­ber of the pub­lic in Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, and po­lice yes­ter­day.

“Po­lice have de­cided to make a re­port to ini­ti­ate an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter nu­mer­ous vi­ral mes­sages, photos and videos have been cir­cu­lated on me­dia so­cial on the in­ci­dent,” he said here yes­ter­day.

Rosly said the case would be probed un­der Sec­tion 323 of the Pe­nal Code for vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt.

“It will only cause dishar­mony if peo­ple con­tinue to make un­nec­es­sary com­ments,” he said.

The scuf­fle, in the pres­ence of Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak at Seri Per­dana, in­volved co­me­dian Su­laiman Yassin and film di­rec­tor Datuk David Teo.

The in­ci­dent be­gan when Teo ap­peared to ques­tion the way Datuk Rosyam Nor, the mod­er­a­tor of the di­a­logue, han­dled the pro­gramme.

How­ever, at the end, Su­laiman and Teo shook hands and hugged each other in front of the prime min­is­ter.

In Pe­tal­ing Jaya, sev­eral non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions de­manded Teo apol­o­gise in a live broad­cast for his be­hav­iour.

The group said Teo had three days to apol­o­gise, fail­ing which the In­for­ma­tion Depart­ment should take ac­tion against him.

Ger­akan Me­marta­batkan Pe­juang Ne­gara pres­i­dent Razali Zakaria urged au­thor­i­ties to in­ves­ti­gate Teo’s ac­tion as he had tar­nished the coun­try’s im­age.

“We can­not tol­er­ate this kind of be­hav­iour,” he said out­side Teo’s of­fice at PJS5 here yes­ter­day.

Per­tubuhan Pem­bela Na­sib Me­layu Malaysia pres­i­dent Mohd Ali Baharom said po­lice should find out if there was a hid­den hand be­hind the in­ci­dent.

“The prime min­is­ter may have for­given him (Teo), but we are ashamed by what had hap­pened and we sus­pect that there is more to it,” he said af­ter lodg­ing a re­port at the Wangsa Maju po­lice sta­tion.

Face­book user Jayce Tan ques­tioned Su­laiman’s ac­tion and de­scribe it as a crime.

“How can you lay a hand on some­one? It is a crime to do that,” she said.

Ravin­dran Ra­masamy said: “Rais­ing a hand against some­one in pub­lic is an of­fence. Where are his man­ners?”

Zaimah Mohd Taib al­leged the fra­cas was de­lib­er­ately staged as part of the pro­gramme.

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