Luckily I didn't have time to retaliate, says Kok Heng


By PETER CHAN

IPOH: Perak veteran Chan Kok Heng is glad that he did not have the time to retaliate after he was allegedly slapped on the face by a Sabah official after the Premier I match at the Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu on Saturday. 

Kok Heng, who will turn 35 later this month, said yesterday that the incident happened so fast that before he could retaliate, the “attacker” had bolted. 

He added that if he had retaliated, the situation could have turned very ugly. 

Kok Heng said that the team were walking back to the dressing room after they had beaten Sabah 1-0 when they were chased by a group of fans, whose target was striker Khalid Jamlus, the scorer of the goal. 

“(Reserved goalkeeper) Tay Sin Kiat then rushed to Khalid’s aid,” said Kok Heng. 

“Suddenly someone lunged forward to slap me. I managed to cushion the blow with my hand. It happened so fast and I was told by my teammates later that the man who slapped me was a Sabah official. 

“Fortunately, I did not manage to retaliate. Otherwise things could have turned very ugly.” 

Perak manager Datuk Jamal Nasir Rasdi said that they would definitely lodge an official complaint to the FA of Malaysia (FAM) over the incident. 

But Jamal, who was not with the team in Kota Kinabalu, said that he was still waiting for a report from his assistant, Che Harun Hussin. The team had a rest day yesterday after returning home the previous day. 

Sabah were said to be unhappy with Perak’s “unsporting behaviour”, which led to the winning goal in the 57th minute. 

Sabah manager Hairul Benjamin claimed that one of their defenders, Burhan Ajui, was injured and on the ground when Khalid got the ball and proceeded to score instead of kicking it out for Burhan to get treatment. 

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