Temple task force, devotees rejected as interested parties in inquest

Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim

Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim

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SHAH ALAM — Jan. 31, 2019: Fifty devotees of the  Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple and the temple’s task force today failed in their bid to be interested parties to participate in the inquest to determine the cause of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd. Kassim’s death.

This was after coroner Rofiah Mohamad decided that there were no  real, substantive and reasonable grounds in their applications.

She stated that the court shall not exit the boundaries and perimeters of the inquest, which is to determine when Adib died, where, how and in what manner.

Based on these, the identity and role of the two parties steered away from the terms of reference of the inquest and both have no  real, substantive and reasonable grounds for the court to allow them to participate in the inquest.

Lawyers M. Visvanathan and Siti Zabedah Kassim, representing the devotees and task force respectively, informed the court that they would file for a review at the High Court tomorrow.

Rofiah, however, allowed an application by the Bar Council to be an interested party and told all parties in the proceeding not to make any media statement.

Adib, 24, of the Subang Jaya fire & rescue station, was severely injured during rioting near the temple early on November 27. He died in hospital on December 17.



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