Teo: I wanted to give PM suggestions on TN50
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.