Cops propose another inquest into fireman Adib’s death

Fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim died from injuries he received during a riot at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Subang Jaya in 2018.

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have mooted another inquest into the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim who succumbed to injuries following a riot in Subang Jaya two years ago.

Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin told the Dewan Rakyat that the proposal was made in an investigation paper which was handed to the Attorney-General’s Chambers on July 23.

“Police also suggested that 12 new suspects be charged under Section 143 of the Penal Code with rioting and attacking the fire engine,” he said in a reply to three MPs who wanted an update on the case.

Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

Hamzah said the government would make the most fitting decision to ensure no more questions would arise.

Adib died at IJN from injuries he received after being despatched to the scene of a riot outside the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya in November 2018.

In Sept 2019, the Coroner’s Court established that he died after he was assaulted by two or three unidentified people during the riot.

“Based on the (coroner’s court) decision, police launched a probe on the orders of the AGC and collected evidence which was then presented to prosecutors,” Hamzah said.

Last month, Inspector-General of police Abdul Hamid Bador suggested that police set up a task force to study the testimony provided by the expert pathologists who looked into Adib’s death.

This followed a dead-end in police investigations into the highly publicised death.