SHAH ALAM — Feb. 12, 2019: A firefighter has testified that he was unaware of what had happened to his colleague Muhammad Adib Mohd. Kassim after their vehicle was attacked by a group of rioters.
“I was unaware of what happened to Adib as I only heard loud noises and the vehicle I was driving was shaken, hit hard by rioters,” recalled Ahmad Shahrill Othman.
He told an inquest into Adib’s death that he did not know where Adib was then when the vehicle he was driving swerved to the left after being hit by a reversing fire rescue tender (FRT).
Shahrill, who used toy models to explain the situation, said he did not see any weapons being used by the rioters.
“When the FRT vehicle was reversing into my vehicle, I did not see Adib and did not hear his voice.
“Then I kept pressing the accelerator and rushed towards the Subang Jaya police headquarters (IPD) for help. As I parked at the IPD compound I was shocked to see firefighter Hazim coming towards me from the back of the vehicle,” he said.
He then asked Hazim “Where is Adib? Where is Adib?” and Hazim replied “I don’t know.”
“A few minutes later, the FRT vehicle also arrived at the IPD. I did not know how long I was there because it was dark and I was in panic. It was only later that I realised one of the rear tyres was punctured, the rear view mirror broken while the side mirror was missing and there were crash helmets in the vehicle,” he told the inquest in reply to prosecutor Hamdan Hamzah.
“After the FRT vehicle arrived at the IPD, we made a roll-call and only then we realised Adib was not with us. I was thinking that Adib would be in the FRT,” he said.
When asked by Hamdan on what happened next, Shahrill replied that they could not lodge the police report as the system was down and the police had gone to the scene to find Adib.
“We tried to call Adib and the calls were answered by people who told us Adib had been taken to the SJMC Hospital.
“We went to the hospital to visit him but could not see him because he was in the emergency ward. Our supervisor then lodged a report with USJ17 police after I informed him of the incident,” he said.
Adib, 24, was seriously injured during the riots at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25, Seafield, on last November 27. He died on December 17 at the National Heart Institute. — Bernama