After coroner’s verdict, Perlis mufti tells AG to quit

Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin’s call to Attorney-General Tommy Thomas to resign follows similar calls by PAS and Umno.

PETALING JAYA: Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has joined in calls for Attorney-General Tommy Thomas to resign after the Coroner’s Court ruled that fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s death was not caused by an accident.

“To protect Malaysia’s honour and the people’s trust in the justice system, to avoid racial tension, and prevent an abuse of power, Thomas needs to resign from his position as AG,” he said in a Facebook post.

Earlier today, PAS and Umno also called on Thomas to resign or go on leave. The call was made by PAS deputy Youth chief Ahmad Fadhli Shari and Umno Youth exco member Muhammad Faiz Hashim.

Coroner Rofiah Mohamad had ruled this morning that “more than two unidentified persons” had killed Adib.

She said the conclusion was reached based on testimonies from witnesses throughout the 41-day inquest into Adib’s death.

She also said the blunt force trauma Adib had sustained to his chest was not caused by himself or through accident.

Previously, Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki had called on Thomas to resign after Rofiah’s finding of a prima facie case against him in an application to hold him in contempt of court in relation to the inquest.

“The fact that the court has called him to enter his defence (to the contempt application) and stating clearly that there is a prima facie case against him is already humiliating,” Asyraf said.

The contempt application was taken in July by Adib’s father, Mohd Kassim Abdul Hamid, who alleged that Thomas was in contempt of court because an affidavit by the AG’s Chambers had stated a cause of death ahead of the coroner’s ruling.

Adib, 24, suffered injuries during a riot outside the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya in November last year. He died of his injuries at the National Heart Institute on Dec 17.