KUALA LUMPUR – May 28, 2019: Many Malaysians have expressed anger and frustration over the disclosure that counsel Syazlin Mansor was instructed by the Attorney General Tommy Thomas to withdraw from the inquest into the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.
The lawyer, who was representing the Housing and Local Government Ministry and Adib’s family at the inquest announced her withdrawal two days ago.
The move render invalid the status of independent forensic expert Professor Shahrom Abd Wahid who was scheduled to be recalled before the inquest. Shahrom had insisted that Adib was indeed assaulted, leading to his death a month after the riot at a Hindu temple in Seafield near here in November last year.
Facebooker and lawyer Lukman Sheriff Alias had brought his frustration to Facebook, and went as far as saying that all he sees in the move is a gross miscarriage of justice.
“The Adib inquest appears to have two separate assertions. The Attorney General (AG) is pushing for a narrative that Adib died because of an accident while housing and local government ministry is pushing for Adib being hit by a mob.
“In the last testimony the AG’s forensic expert made a huge mistake to the point he felt being humiliated, the AG stood to be embarrassed by this.
“The inquest was supposed to be concluded in two days’ time. What happened now is wrong as lawyer Syazlin is now to be replaced by AG,” said Lukman.
Another Facebooker Wan Zul Mohd Nor echoed his opinion, implying that the AG is abusing his power.
“Looks like AG abused his power to ensure the inquest conclusion aligned with his opinion,” said Wan Zul.
Meanwhile a Facebooker under the alias of Dul Mar Him commented on how he believed that there is certain party that is trying to interfere with the inquest.
“Lawyer quit, expert witness status’s rendered invalid, forensic expects coerced to change statements and the AG himself interfering with the inquest.
“We should not hope for justice as long as the AG is not replaced,” he said.
Meanwhile, a petition demanding the resignation of athe attorney general has surfaced in Twitter and Facebook. Apparently it was set up by Gerakan Pembela Ummah (UMMAH) yesterday and had garnered over 15,000 votes at the time of writing.
Adib, from the Subang Jaya fire station, was seriously injured in the rioting on Nov 27 and died on Dec 17 last yearwhile being treated at the National Heart Institute.