Adib may have stepped out of EMRS van during riot, doctor tells inquest

Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi, from Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

SHAH ALAM: The forensic doctor who conducted a post-mortem on Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim told the inquest into the fireman’s death that he believes Adib had stepped out from the medical van during the Seafield temple riot last year.

Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi from Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) gave this opinion when he was questioned about the scar line on the left side of Adib’s waist.

Lawyer Syazlin Mansor, representing the local and housing ministry, asked the doctor about the injury that caused it.

“My view is that the deceased walked out from the EMRS (emergency medical rescue service) van because there are no injuries to show he was pulled out from the van violently,” Hafizam said.

It had earlier been speculated that a mob outside the temple, caught in a relocation dispute, had pulled out Adib from the van and beaten him.

Syazlin also asked if there was a possibility of scar marks if Adib was pulled out from the van while in his fireman’s uniform.

To that, Hafizam said, “if he was pulled out, the cloth will be torn and there will be scar marks on his neck but in this case, there are no such marks”.

Earlier today, Hafizam told the inquest that in his post-mortem examination, he did not find any grip marks to suggest Adib was pulled out from the van.

“There are no marks on his left arm to suggest that. He only had a scratch mark on the joint at his left arm,” he said.

The inquest was called by the government amid conflicting claims on the cause of Adib’s death.

Adib was part of a response team sent from the Subang Jaya fire and rescue station on Nov 27 to the temple area in answer to a call that cars had been set on fire. He died at Institut Jantung Negara on Dec 17.

Hafizam will return to court on Thursday to continue his evidence.

The hearing continues tomorrow before Coroner Rofiah Mohamad.

Hafizam’s supervisor and HKL’s consultant pathalogist Dr Mohd Shah Mahmood is expected to testify.