Housing ministry’s lawyer withdraws from Adib inquest

Lawyer Syazlin Mansor with Mohd Kassim Abdul Hamid, the father of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

PETALING JAYA: The inquest into the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim today saw a lawyer representing the housing and local government ministry withdrawing from the inquest.

Syazlin Mansor announced her withdrawal as the proceedings began for the 37th day of hearing at the coroner’s court.

“I am withdrawing as the representative for the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, the fire department and the family of Adib,” she told the inquest today as she fought back tears.

She told coroner Rofiah Mohamad that her withdrawal would render invalid the status of former forensic doctor Shahrom Abd Wahid, who is the 29th witness.

Ahmad Taufiq Baharum, the lawyer for Adib’s family, then informed the court that he had no more witnesses to question.

Proceedings were adjourned as of press time.

There had been conflicting views from Shahrom and Hospital Kuala Lumpur’s Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi, the forensic doctor who performed the post-mortem on Adib which could provide clues on how Adib was injured before his death on Dec 17 last year.

Adib was part of a response team sent from the Subang Jaya fire and rescue station on Nov 27, 2018 to the Seafield Hindu temple following protests over the temple’s relocation which saw violence and damage to properties.

The two doctors clashed over calculations on the force of impact of the emergency medical rescue services van in causing Adib’s broken ribs.

Hafizam also explained why he had not factored in the force of the fire rescue tender in causing Adib’s broken back ribs.

Syazlin had earlier questioned the conduct of Hafizam over his alleged failure to provide information to Shahrom.