Teo: I wanted to give PM sug­ges­tions on TN50

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KUALA LUMPUR: Pro­ducer David Teo was spon­ta­neously recit­ing a pan­tun as an “opener” for a mes­sage ad­dressed to Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, when he was at­tacked by co­me­dian Su­laiman Yasin at Dia­log TN50 in Seri Per­dana, Pu­tra­jaya, last Wed­nes­day.

Teo said he wanted to for­ward a list of sug­ges­tions to Na­jib on how to achieve the ob­jec­tives of Trans­for­masi Na­sional 2050 (TN50).

“I pre­fer not to re­veal my sug­ges­tions be­cause they are spe­cially for the prime min­is­ter, and the poem was my ‘thank you’ for his will­ing­ness to listen to pro­duc­ers, di­rec­tors and ac­tors in Dia­log TN2050,” said Teo on Thurs­day.

Deny­ing com­plaints that he was be­ing “rude” to the prime min­is­ter, Teo said the mi­cro­phone he was us­ing was faulty and he had to raise his voice to be heard by the event moder­a­tor, ac­tor Datuk Rosyam Nor.

“At first, I was telling the moder­a­tor (Rosyam) that he should take ques­tions from the guests at the back row where I was. Some of these guests raised their hands and wanted to be heard, thus I needed to con­vey their mes­sage.”

Teo de­nied that he was ques­tion­ing Rosyam’s cred­i­bil­ity as a moder­a­tor.

“I’ve known Rosyam for some time, and I’ve al­ways looked up to him as a great ac­tor and pro­ducer. I think he does a good job mod­er­at­ing dis­cus­sions, but on that par­tic­u­lar day, I felt he should have given more fo­cus to guests seated in the back row.”

Teo ad­mit­ted that Su­laiman’s “at­tack” on him came as a rude shock, be­cause he had never met the vet­eran co­me­dian be­fore.

“I'm glad that I later had the chance to meet the prime min­is­ter and for­ward my sug­ges­tions to him. I also apol­o­gised for what had hap­pened, even though I was not at fault.”

Mean­while, Rosyam ex­pressed re­gret that the “at­tack” on Teo hap­pened.

“It shouldn’t have hap­pened, es­pe­cially in an event at­tended by the leader of the na­tion, and where the in­dus­try is given a chance to for­ward ideas to him.”

Rosyam said he did his best to keep the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol, and had “a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence” han­dling sim­i­lar pro­grammes for gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

He was glad that Na­jib gave pos­i­tive re­sponses to all ques­tions from the au­di­ences and ad­vised Teo to be more tact­ful when for­ward­ing ques­tions to the moder­a­tor and VIP guest.

Teo was al­most slapped by Su­laiman at the di­a­logue after he ques­tioned the way Rosyam han­dled ques­tions. Na­jib re­acted calmly and later had Rosyam, Teo and Su­laiman shake hands and rec­on­cile.


Pro­ducer David Teo, shortly be­fore the al­ter­ca­tion at Dia­log TN50 in Pu­tra­jaya on Wed­nes­day.

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