SHAH ALAM – September 27, 2019: A Coroner’s Court today ruled that the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd. Kassim was a result of an assault by more than two individuals during a riot outside the USJ Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.
Coroner Rofiah Mohamad decided that the blunt chest trauma that led to Adib’s death was caused by an assault by individuals of Indian descent and this was confirmed by testimonies from witnesses.
Specifically she referred to the testimony by S. Narresh who said that he heard someone asking in Tamil “Bomba pun nak pukul ka?” (“Do you have to hit a fireman?”).
She came to the view that the question was addressed to someone who understood Tamil and thereby concluded that Adib was beaten by someone of Indian descent.
Rofiah also accepted the testimony of United Kingdom-based senior consultant forensic pathologist Professor Dr. Shahrom Abd. Wahid, who said that Adib was dragged out of the van he was in and beaten.
The further blamed the police for failing to control the riot, which ultimately led to Adib’s death.
The court which held the 41-day inquest over a period of eight months then handed over the case to the attorney-general and police for further investigation.
Adib, from the Subang Jaya fire station, was injured during the rioting on November 27 last year and died on December 17.