ALLAHYARHAM Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim was laid to rest at the As-Saadah Mosque Cemetery in Kuala Kedah after the Zohor prayers yesterday.
Nevertheless, the anger among the Malays over the death of the 24-year-old fireman is still lingering. It can be clearly seen through their reactions in the social media and conversations at the local coffee shops.
There were opinion that the ‘angers’ of the Malays were only focussed on a certain race – that was truly wrong!
The furies among the Malays on the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25, Putra Heights on 26 November started when an approximately 50 Malay men trespassed the Hindu temple during the wee hours.
For the record, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin disclosed that the developer who owned the temple site had hired a group of Malay men to guard the temple while waiting for the arrival of the developer and police.
He also disclosed that police investigation found that a total of RM150,000 was given to the group’s chief to intrude, take over and guard the temple.
As any other races in Malaysia, the Malays could not accept that their very own kind encroached the house of worship of another race and the matter was made worse when they found out that it was merely for the payment!
Just like the other races, the Malays do not believe that violence can resolve conflicts.
Thus, other than the bloody 13 May 1969 tragedy, there has never been another similar incident in our country.
The peak of the issue in the Sri Maha Mariamman temple riot took place when Muhammad Adib was brutally assaulted by a group of rioters at the location. The member of the Emergency Medical Response Service (EMRC) from the Fire and Rescue Department was responding to a call of duty during the riot.
The rage of the Malays continued to burn. It was made worse by the actions of the temple committee which came after the incident.
While everyone surrendered to the wisdom of the police in running investigation onto the assault, the temple committee ran a press conference and claimed that the injuries sustained by Muhammad Adib during the fracas was due to a road accident!
Its Secretary, VK Regu said, the incident happened when the a fire engine reversed and hit their own member during the riot.
According to him, the Fire and Rescue team tried to go forward but upon seeing a car on fire, they reversed their vehicle as they were afraid of explosion.
He emphasized that they did not realised that their own member was behind the vehicle and the fire engine hit the victim.
The temple committee should never had interfered with the investigation as they have no qualifications to do that.
If they are sincere in assisting the authorities in seeking justice for Muhammad Adib, they should have surrendered all evidences and information they obtained to the police and not make assumptions based on what they ‘heard, saw and perceived’.
The wrath of the Malays towards the temple committee was proven when the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun himself, denied the allegations made by Regu and his clan.
In another press conference, Fuzi said, the matter had already been made clear by the Director-General of Fire and Rescue Department, Datuk Mohamad Hamdan Wahid.
“That information was not true and we have identified the quarters who made the allegations. The victim was assaulted not hit by a vehicle. We are still in the process of hunting down the perpetrators,” he said.
Finally, the anguish of the Malays were once again ignited by the actions of the Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, P. Waytha Moorthy during the incident.
In a written statement by four ministers led by Waytha Moorthy, he alleged that the police had failed in curbing the riot from the first night of the incident. It has sparked public anger which turn violent and ultimately caused the life of the innocent fireman.
His latest antic of putting Muhammad Adib’s photo on his Facebook profile picture just added fuel to the fire.
Earlier, Waytha Moorthy had slandered and shamed Malaysia when he was abroad in a viral video clip. The 2 minute and 39 seconds video showed Waytha in an interview with a foreign television and accused Malaysia for being led my Malay Muslims who oppressed the Indians and Hindus in the country.
Waytha alleged that the Hindus in Malaysia were discriminated and they need to convert to Islam if they wish to work in the public sector. Their worship places were intruded by the authorities in Malaysia.
All those factors contributed to the anger of the Malays.
Fortunately and distinguishing themselves from the rest, the Malays are still rational for they knew that the actions of VK Regu, Waytha Moorthy and the rioters did not represent the Indian community as a whole.
Just like any other races in the country, the Malays, Indians, Chinese and other races in Malaysia love peace and reject any forms of provocations and violence.
Yes, the Malays are angry when one of our innocent man became the victims of the irresponsible, uncivilised individuals.
Nevertheless, in principle, our rage is still within control. However, no one can guarantee or predict what will happen if similar incidences happen in the future.
In Allah we trust. -MalaysiaGazette