In an unexpected twist, a comedian slapped a movie director in front of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for purportedly being rude.
The incident, according to Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) lawmaker Mujahid Yusof Rawa, has shamed the entire nation.
He said nobody should be harmed for asking questions.
“The bodek (apple polishing) culture has gone overboard merely to prove the artistes community’s loyalty to the prime minister,” he said in a Whatsapp message after the incident.
“Is this the culture of TN50 which will tarnish the Malaysian political future?” he asked.
During the National Transformation (TN50) event at the prime minister’s official residence in Putrajaya last night, comedian Sulaiman Yassin, also known as Mat Over, slapped director David Teo after he went on stage and attempted to direct a question at Najib.
Teo was then questioning actor Rosyam Nor, who moderated the event, on allegedly not giving equal opportunity for everyone at the forum to voice their views.
Criticising Teo as being “disrespectful” to the PM, Rosyam eventually allowed him to express his views, which the director started by reciting a poem.
At this point, Sulaiman hit Teo, who reacted by trying to kick his aggressor, and a brief tussle ensued, before policemen intervened.
Mujahid said artistes should not be contaminated with the “bodek culture” or be poisoned with racist practices.
Since videos of the incident had gone viral, he observed that discourse over the matter has been marred with racist nuances.
“The message from the slapping incident is clear, the bodek culture can tarnish the good name of the PM,” he added.