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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and moderator Datuk Rosyam Nor accepting an apology from Sulaiman Yassin after the incident when director David Teo was slapped during the N50 dialogue with artistes in Seri Perdana, May 17, 2017. — Bernama picPrime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and moderator Datuk Rosyam Nor accepting an apology from Sulaiman Yassin after the incident when director David Teo was slapped during the N50 dialogue with artistes in Seri Perdana, May 17, 2017. — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — Lapses in security that allowed an actor to slap a producer in the front of the prime minister could have exposed Datuk Seri Najib Razak to a similar incident, said DAP's Ramkarpal Singh.

The Bukit Gelugor MP said various recordings of Sulaiman Yassin “menacingly” approaching Datuk David Teo before slapping the latter brought into question what might have occurred had the actor's intended target been the prime minister.

“That such an incident could have happened right in front of the PM is a serious concern as it shows the poor standards of security of those in charge of the event, not to mention the obvious lack of respect Sulaiman has for the PM,” he said in a statement.

Ramkarpal also said that failure to act on the assault would indicate the continued decline of the rule of law in Malaysia, and urged Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to arrest the actor and re-instil public confidence in the country's laws and regulations.

Khalid's failure to do so would convey to the public that it was possible to avoid punishment even for an offence that is clearly captured and committed in the presence of the prime minister.

“The IGP should know that his failure to act will result in a serious loss of confidence in the efficiency of the police force as this slapping incident, if not properly addressed, will certainly be a slap in the face of the Rule of Law in this country,” Ramkarpal concluded.

Police yesterday said they are investigating the incident that took place in the prime minister's Seri Perdana official residence, as a report has been lodged.

Sulaiman slapped Teo on Wednesday after the latter criticised the moderator of the event for allegedly ignoring attendees not seated in the front rows of a National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue session with local artistes.

Najib yesterday said the event “got a little too intense”, but that everything was now “good”.

Despite that, several groups protested outside Teo's office yesterday to demand a “live” apology from him.

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