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Malaysia’s Ting Chun Hong (left) tries to go past Thailand’s Jakrawan Chanatip during a Sea Games basketball match in August at Maba Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: Goh Cheng Huat is a man who plays by the rules. So he quit as coach of the national men’s basketball team.

Because of a rule preventing a national coach from steering a state team, Cheng Huat decided to end his association with the national team before the end of his contract.

Cheng Huat left with a month remaining on his national contract, to take charge of Melaka for the Agong's Cup later this month.

And he admitted that his decision has also much to do with Malaysia’s poor results at the KL Sea Games in August.

The performance at the Sea Games on home soil was especially disappointing for Cheng Huat. Malaysia finished fifth.

"The Sea Games is one of the reasons I decided to leave," he said.

"It was a major assignment for the national team where everyone was expecting us to deliver a medal. But we were not good enough and now we have to move on."

Cheng Huat said: “I felt it was time for me to try other things.

"Since the Sea Games had ended, there was nothing much going on and when I received an offer from Melaka, I decided to take it."

Following his appointment in May 2016, Cheng Huat compiled a 6-9 record in three regional tournaments: the 2016 Seaba Stankovic Cup, 2017 Seaba Championship and the Sea Games.

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