Pressman attacked at Perak stadium, camera stolen


IPOH: A press photographer was injured and his RM30,000 camera stolen in an attack by Johor football team supporters after violence broke at a match at the Perak Stadium last night.

Supporters of Johor Darul Takzim, the Southern Tigers, ran into the field after home side Perak lost 0-1 to the visitors in a Super League match, Bernama reported.

Supian Ahmad, 36, a photographer with New Straits Times Press, said he was attacked when he went to take photographs at the fan area after he heard the sound of firecrackers.

“A group of people, who had their faces covered, suddenly pulled me down. Some of them kicked and stepped on me before fleeing with my Canon 1DX camera,” he told NST Online.

Supian said they had also tried to take his other belongings but failed to do so when another photographer came and pulled Supian away.

The camera is believed to be worth about RM30,000. Supian said he sustained injuries on his limbs, eyes and abdomen.

Several Johor supporters were also injured when supporters of both sides threw bottles at each other as well as firecrackers.

As a security measure the authorities ordered about 1,000 Johor supporters to gather in the middle of the field while the home crowd were told to disperse.