Malaysia sealed a semi-final berth in the men’s event of the Asia Team Championships after they thumped minnows Kazakhstan 5-0 despite fielding an almost completely different line-up to the team who trounced Singapore.

The national team made wholesale changes against Kazakhstan as Lee Zii Jia, Ng Tze Yong and Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik were all rested.

Their replacements all did their job admirably against a nation whose sporting prowess included boxing, basketball and cross-country skiing.

Aidil Sholeh was up inthe first men’s singles and he took 26 minutes to beat Niyazov Artur 21-11, 21-12.

Lim Chong King duly extended that advantage with a 21-11, 21-11 victory over Kulmatov Khaitmurat, before Jacky Kok sealed the victory with a 21-8, 21-4 triumph over Tajibullayev Makhsut.

Of the men’s singles’ victories, Kok’s was the biggest and sealed the quickest after 20 minutes.

The 20-year-old, who also earned admiration from Lee, had been in good form after winning the Swedish Open and reaching the Estonian in January.

Kok’s post-match comments were also good, with the youngster saying he was never going to take anything for granted against an opponent inferior to him.

“The one thing that I would not do is look down on an opponent. I am thankful to be given this opportunity to play in this event. It feels good to have contributed a point that seals our win.

“I have been learning a lot from my seniors on how to handle pressure and the situation on court,” he said.

Another in-form pair in Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun then made it 4-0 after making light work of Ibrayev Jangir-Lysenko Ilya to win 21-5, 21-5 after 17 minutes.

Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin completed the demolition with a 21-8, 21-4 win over Shalagin Andrey-Tajibullayev Makhsut.

The men’s team next take on Japan on Friday.

The women’s team are already through to the semis, where a fresh draw will be made ahead of Saturday’s action.