SUBANG – Sadness filled the air as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife, Tun Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali paid their final respect to fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, who succumbed to his injuries.
When greeted by a group of journalists at the Fire and Rescue Department Airbase in Subang, the Prime Minister only managed to nod, unable to speak.
Meanwhile, his wife, Dr Siti Hasmah was sobbing throughout the sending-off ceremony while holding on tightly to Dr Mahathir.
His close family members were in deep grief and no words were exchanged among them.
The remains of Allahyarham Muhammad Adib was transported in the MI-17 helicopter back to his hometown in Kampung Tebengau, Kuala Kedah. His close family members also accompanied him on his final journey in the helicopter.
The helicopter took off at 8.50 a.m. and arrived at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Tebengau school field in less than two hours.
He will be buried this afternoon after the Zohor prayers.
Muhammad Adib was pronounced dead at 9.41 p.m. last night at the National Heart Institute after fighting for his life for three weeks. He was critically injured after being attacked by a group of rioters while on duty during the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple riot at Seafields, Subang Jaya.
His death saddened the whole nation who had been praying for his speedy recovery.
Earlier, he was reportedly showing positive signs of improvement when he could communicate through white board and no longer needed life support machine for his heart.
Nevertheless, last Sunday, the National Heart Institute said in a statement that Muhammad Adib’s condition worsened as his lungs failed to work and the Veno-Venous ECMO system needed to be installed at 9.00 p.m. to help with his breathing.
Muhammad Adib’s tragic death touched the nation when he was supposed to be married to his fiancé this Saturday. Pictures of his wedding invitation card also went viral in the social media with netizens sharing their prayers and thoughts for the heart-rending couple. -MalaysiaGazette