KUALA LUMPUR – Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, the fireman who was seriously injured in the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple fracas last month, succumbed to his injuries at the National Heart Institute (IJN).
The 24-year-old firefighter breathed his last at 9.41 pm with his family by his side.
Members of the media were informed about his death by Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.
The Deputy Police Chief Police of Selangor Datuk Ab Rashid Ab Wahab said that Muhammad Adib’s case, which was initially being investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder, would be reclassified and investigated under Section 302 of the same Code for murder.
In the riot on 27 November, Muhammad Adib, who was the member of the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS) of the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue Station, was seriously injured after being allegedly assaulted by a mob when he joined an operation to put out a fire in front of the temple in USJ25, Subang Jaya.
He was initially admitted to a private hospital in Subang Jaya before being transferred to IJN.
His remains were taken to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) for a post-mortem.
Fire and Rescue Department officers and personnel were seen reciting the Surah Yasin at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine, HKL, which was flocked by policemen and members of the media who wanted to know the latest development following Muhammad Adib’s death.
It is learned that the remains of the fireman would be dispatched to his hometown in Kedah for burial once the post-mortem is completed.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail also expressed their sadness over the passing of Muhammad Adib and extended their condolences to his parents and family members.
In a statement, Dr Wan Azizah pointed out that the incident that claimed Muhammad Adib’s life was not a religious or racial crime, but a heinous act committed by heartless human beings.
The Deputy Prime Minister also promised that those responsible for the death of Muhammad Adib would be punished.
Meanwhile Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Senator P. Waytha Moorthy described Muhammad Adib as a brave and dependable firefighter who had served the nation with full dedication.
“The police are working hard to ensure that the culprits of this heinous crime will be brought to justice swiftly,” said the minister who is in charge of national unity and social wellbeing.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo described the firefighter’s demise as a sad incident for Malaysians.