The death of Fireman Muhammad Adib: Hijacked by politically motivated racist groups?

Jan 17
Inquest proceeding on Adib’s death to begin on Feb 11

24 January 2019





CAMERON HIGHLANDS: DAP “killed” the late firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, claimed a poster making the rounds on social media, as campaigning in the constituency goes into its last two days before the parliamentary by-election takes place.

Pakatan Harapan candidate M. Manogaran, from the coalition’s component party DAP, showed members of the press pictures of the smear poster during a press conference at Taman Sedia.

The poster juxtaposed Manogaran’s photo with that of Muhammad Adib’s, while the word “Hindu” and “Draf” were positioned underneath “DAP”, along with the words “Bunuh Adib” dripping with blood.

Manogaran said the poster was an offence under Section 9 of the Election Offences Act, because it used religion to insult or falsely accuse a candidate. He called for the Election Commission to take appropriate action.

“This is a by-election we promised to carry out cleanly … After the by-election, if the false accusations do not stop, I will take other action under the available laws,” Manogaran said.

However, the former Teluk Intan MP said he had not made a police report regarding the matter.

The Pakatan candidate said he and his party had been the target of unrelenting false accusations of a racial and religious nature by Barisan Nasional, and called on Barisan candidate Ramli to make a stand on whether he supported the false racial and religious accusations.

“I see the statements are also issued by the Pahang Mentri Besar, not by the candidate. Who is actually contesting?” Manogaran asked.


11 January 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The police have completed their investigation into the death of a firefighter who was allegedly assaulted during the riots in the vicinity of a Hindu temple near Subang Jaya in November last year, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said today.

He said the investigation papers had been sent to the DPP’s office for further action.

The firefighter, Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, 24, was allegedly assaulted when he went to put out a car fire during the riots near the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple early on November 26. He died on December 18 at the National Heart Institute (IJN) here.

Noor Rashid said it was learned that the DPP had filed the case with the court.

“The court will initiate the prosecution soon,” he told a press conference after a forum on the abuse of children here.

KUALA LUMPUR: After 12 hours in lockup, Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam was released this morning.

He was detained yesterday by Bukit Aman’s Criminal Investigation Department under the Sedition Act.

Lokman who is also president of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) called Pemantau Malaysia Baharu (PMB) was released at 10.30am after spending the night in the Dang Wangi district police headquarters lockup.

Prior to his arrest, Lokman was called in to give his statement in relation to a live video posted on social media alleging a cover-up by the government on those responsible for the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

PMB secretary Lisa Yahaya in a statement informed that Lokman was arrested after he was called in to have his statement recorded in Bukit Aman at 2pm yesterday.

“After his statement was recorded, he was arrested under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act.

“At about 10pm (yesterday), he was taken to the Dang Wangi district police headquarters where he spent the night there and is expected to be released tomorrow (today),” Lisa said in a statement yesterday.

5 January 2019



KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 — Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam has claimed tonight of an attempt by certain Cabinet ministers to allegedly cover up the truth behind the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

He claimed that these ministers, including under-fire Minister for National Unity P. Waytha Moorthy, have pressured Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad not to reveal the content of Adib’s postmortem report, for fear it will trigger racial riots.

“Such claims are nonsensical, for we Malaysians and especially the Malays do not riot. That is wrong and unacceptable,” Lokman said during yet another rally demanding justice for Adib along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman here.

The rally, led by Lokman’s group Pemantau Malaysia Baru and involving dozens of supporters, then marched to the Dang Wangi police district headquarters escorted by police officers numbering around half of the protesters.

There, Lokman lodged a police report urging Dr Mahathir, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, and Attorney-General Tommy Thomas to investigate the nature of Adib’s death.

Speaking to the media later, Lokman claimed the postmortem report will likely reveal that Adib died from injuries suffered after a beating.


“The fact that Muhyiddin said last Wednesday (Dec 26) that Tommy will order an inquest into Adib’s death evidently points to a cover up.

“Conducting an inquest will certainly give enough time for the four accused to flee the country to other nations without the death penalty, in an attempt to escape justice,” he said.

Lokman also urged the cops to change the charges against the four accused from Section 302 of the Penal Code for attempted murder, to Section 307 for murder.

“Again I say there is no need to falsify the postmortem report to state Adib died of injuries after being knocked over by a firetruck.

“To riot is a means that does not justify the end. Just tell the truth, so that justice can be done to Adib’s memory,” he said.

The case management on the inquest to determine the cause of Adib’s death has been fixed on January 18.

25 December 2018


aringan Melayu Malaysia president Azwanddin Hamzah today took the stage at a rally in Klang and proceeded to use the P-word on Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waythamoorthy.

Some 2,000 people had attended the rally to demand justice for the late fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim who succumbed to injuries after being attacked by rioters near the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple last month.

“This is our warning, this is not Waythamoorthy, this is P****h-moorthy,” said Azwanddin as the crowd cheered him on.

“We did not change his name, P****h-moorthy,” he repeated. “We ask that P****h-moorthy resign”.

Azwanddin uttered the word, deemed derogatory to Indians, at least three times.

Azwanddin said this was a message that he wanted to convey to Putrajaya and warned that the Malays will rise up if the government did not accede to the demands.

Calling Adib a “warrior”, Azwanddin said his death had united Malays and Muslims.

“He is the reason for this rally uniting Malays and Muslims to stand in solidarity.

“Do not try to create nonsense against Malays or Muslims as we will arise and fight back,” he declared.

22 December 2018




IPOH, Dec 22 — After calls for minister P. Waytha Moorthy to resign over the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, several Malay groups here have now demanded for even Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to step down.

Tens of members from a number of Malay groups, including the incendiary Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) and Gagasan 3, held a gathering at the Padang Ipoh here wearing mostly black.


In his speech, frequent critic of Dr Mahathir, JMM president Datuk Azwanddin Hamzah said the prime minister should resign if he cannot fulfill the request of some Malays demanding to sack the minister in charge of national unity and social wellbeing.

“I don’t want to mention the name, but the ‘pariah’ minister should resign immediately. If he doesn’t want to resign, then Mahathir should sack him,” he said, in a veiled reference to Waytha.

“If Mahathir can’t do that, then he should step down as the prime minister. We will continue to gather until our demands are fulfilled.”

Azwanddin also urged action against developer One City Development Sdn Bhd and their lawyers. The firm has since denied its involvement in the riots.

“Why no action has been taken on them until today? They are also responsible for the death of Adib,” he claimed.

He also repeated the calls for Putrajaya to form a Royal Commission of Inquiry to probe the case.

Yesterday, a coalition of Perak Malay-Muslim groups called Jalinan Bersatu Sahabat Perak (Jabat) had also made the same call.

Last month, Azwanddin and Gagasan 3’s chairman Ragvinder Singh Jess and deputy chairman Amran Ahmad Nor were among those investigated by the police following reports of allegedly incendiary speeches made by them.

JMM is advising Gagasan 3, which was formed last month with the sole intention of “declaring war” on Pakatan Harapan (PH) component, DAP, claiming the latter is the dominant voice in Putrajaya.




KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22 — DAP’s Ramkarpal Singh has chided Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman today over the latter’s call for fellow minister P. Waytha Moorthy to resign, saying such a call should come from the prime minister, not him.

The Bukit Gelugor MP said the youth and sports minister’s demand was “highly irresponsible” by opposing collective ministerial responsibility that requires every minister to publicly back every Cabinet decision.

Ramkarpal said Waytha is not beyond reproach and the public can criticise the minister in charge of unity and social wellbeing, but the Parliamentary convention is that a government is collectively responsible for its decisions.

“If at all Waytha Moorthy is to be reprimanded, such reprimand ought to come from the prime inister and not his fellow ministers,” he said.

“Moreover, such public outbursts between fellow ministers certainly do not inspire public confidence in government unity.”

“I personally feel that to suggest that Waytha Moorthy ought to be solely blamed for the Seafield issue and, therefore, ought to resign is, as correctly pointed out by some netizens, akin to demanding Syed Saddiq’s resignation for Malaysia’s loss to Vietnam in the recently concluded AFF Championships.

“Surely, this is going a bit too far,” Ramkarpal said in a statement.

In this article, I would like to take issue with some Malay groups that are calling for the blood of P Waytha Moorthy and V Ganabatirau on the claim that these two were the cause of Adib’s death. What these Malay groups are doing is engaging in a vigilante media war to spark racial unrest.

The question is, under the surface, was the Seafield temple incident a deep-rooted racial conflict?

My answer is that it was NOT a racial conflict.

It was due to the failure of the state government, the One City developer and the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple committee to find a resolution that was peaceful and acceptable. The police had recorded clearly that about 50 Malay thugs had been hired by a few personalities related to One City. It is possible the developer had not agreed to this method of “persuading” the temple devotees to move; but it is up to the police and the courts to decide.

Another question is how well or “unwell” did the state government handled this dispute? We Malaysians are well aware of local authorities forgetting that they actually work for the people, and that is why they are called “kakitangan awam” or public servants.

The third point to consider is the internal dispute within the temple committee. Why were there two factions which disagreed on the settlement? Was there a clash of egos involved or were vested interests behind the temple’s problems?

Now, if we were to press the rewind button before Adib was assaulted and died, what would we find? A clear path of professional and personal failure at dispute resolution.

Now, after knowing this, let us ask a deep-rooted question: Is Adib’s death a racial issue? As I said, the Seafield temple violence was NOT a racial issue. But now, the temple issue has turned into an issue over Adib’s death, and I am afraid it has become a racial issue!

Why do I say that from the non-racial temple issue it has now turned ugly into a clear racial issue following Adib’s death? The senders of half-truths, untruths and hate messages are of one race and the targets are two Hindu personalities.

I have been monitoring the racial conflicts in this country for many years and have been wondering for more than a decade when the first “death” would occur. There were many incidents and issues such as the bible-burning issue, the laundry issue, the halal-haram school children issue, the cow head incident, and the dead calf incident, and we came close to seeing bodily injuries in the Low Yat incident and the mosque honking incident. But no death.

We also came close with the antics of the Umno division leader Jamal Yunos, but still no death. Then the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination or ICERD rally came. Very polite and subdued. No death.

Now I come to the underlying crux of the problem with Adib’s death. Adib’s death was in the line of duty in a mismanaged “religious-economic” dispute.

More than 100 people have been detained by police and we’ll have to wait for the investigations to be completed to know who the culprits are.

How far the blame-line leads to the state authorities or the developer concerned or the temple committee, we will have to be patient and trust the investigation. It is there that the real culprit or culprits lie. It is the men who assaulted Adib that must be charged, and those who gave them an incentive or instigated them must also take the blame. Whether the incentive was money or a sense of loyalty to religion, the blame still lies there.

A group claiming to have more than 300 organisations under its wing handed over a memorandum to Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Dec 21, urging him to sack Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waytha Moorthy, Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran and Selangor state executive councillor V Ganabatirau over Adib’s death.

For the 300 Malay groups to turn Adib’s death into a racial conflict and bay for the blood of three personalities is a grave injustice to the “syahid” of fireman Adib.

Adib’s war was to fight fire, to save lives and to help the helpless. Adib’s battle was never about racial or religious issues.

The fires of the Seafield temple have long been doused by Adib’s fellow fireman warriors, but, now, the fires of racial conflict once again threaten national peace with the old embers of traditional political expediency and the irresponsible behaviour of some who are working up a peace-loving race which is unaware of its ignorance on some issues.

All peace-loving Malaysians in mosques, Hindu temples, Chinese temples, gurdwaras and churches across the nation must band together to put out this fire of racial hatred by honouring the death of Adib and praying for the soul of a selfless man who gave his life to defend a place of religious worship that was not his own but within a larger spirit of Godliness.

The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.

17 December 2018



PETALING JAYA: Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, the firefighter who was gravely injured in the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple fracas, has passed away.

Muhammad Adib passed away at 9.41pm on Monday (Dec 17) at the National Heart Institute (IJN), according to a Fire and Rescue Department spokesman.

His death was also confirmed by Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

On Sunday (Dec 16), IJN said that Muhammad Adib’s condition was critical after suffering progressive deterioration of his lung and kidney function over the past 24 hours.


16 December 2018

PETALING JAYA: The condition of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, who was severely injured during a riot at a temple in Subang Jaya last month, has worsened, the National Heart Institute said.

In a statement, IJN said Adib was showing “progressive deterioration of his lung function” due to his severe lung injury.

Doctors had decided to reinsert the Veno-Venous ECMO system again at 9pm last night to assist with his breathing.

Adib also requires dialysis support as his renal function has not improved.

“This is a setback. As such, Muhammad Adib is critically ill. In view of Muhammad Adib’s condition, visitations are limited,” the statement read.

Last Sunday, it was reported that Adib was still relying on life support machines to allow his internal organs to heal. It was also reported that he remained in critical, but stable condition.

Doctors had also taken Adib off the life support machine for his heart after it was able to function on its own.

7 December 2018


PETALING JAYA: The Magistrate’s Court here today issued a four-day remand order against four men to facilitate investigations into the assault of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim during a fracas at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya last week.

The order was issued by Magistrate Mohd Nor Hafidzuddin Yusoff to facilitate the police investigation under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder.


PETALING JAYA (Bernama): The magistrate’s court here issued a four-day remand order against four men involved in an attack on firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim during a fracas at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya  last week.

The order was issued by Magistrate Mohd Nor Hafidzuddin Yusoff on Friday to assist with police investigation under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder.

Muhammad Adib was seriously injured in the incident and reported to be still in a critical but stable condition at the National Heart Institute.


29 November 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Firefighter Mohd Hazim Mohd Rahimi, 31, has revealed that the rescuer standing behind a fire truck as seen in a viral video of the riot at Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya on Monday was him and not his partner, Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, Bernama reported.

Some have begun claiming that the fire truck in question had run into Muhammad Adib as it speedily reversed, and is the cause of the 24-year-old’s life-threatening injuries – countering reports that he was beaten by an angry mob.

“I got out of the truck and wanted to get some equipment, when I saw a group of people charging towards me. I ran to the back and into the EMRS (Emergency Medical Response Service) vehicle.

“Once inside, I closed the door and I don’t know what happened outside as it was chaotic and I panicked,” Mohd Hazim said as he recounted the dramatic events of that morning.

He believes that his action in running to the rear of the EMRS vehicle resulted in him being mistaken for having been run over, and for being Muhammad Adib.

“It took a while before (we) realised Adib was not in the EMRS with us,” Mohd Azim added without elaborating, citing the ongoing investigation.

28 November 2018


KUALA LUMPUR: The Fire and Rescue Department has denied accusations that its truck had run over the firefighter who was injured in Tuesday morning’s temple violence.

Its director-general, Mohammad Hamdan Wahid said it would be lodging police reports against anyone making such “baseless statements”.

“We would like to ask groups to refrain from making baseless statements and we are currently in the process of lodging police reports,” Hamdan told reporters at Institut Jantung Negara this evening.

He said there are laws against making false allegations and they would take action to protect the department’s integrity.

Earlier today, the Sri Maha Mariamman temple task force, led by S Ramaji, claimed the critically-injured firefighter, Muhammad Adib Kassim, 24, was not assaulted by rioters as earlier reported but was instead run down by a fire engine.

Ramaji supported the claim by showing a video uploaded on Facebook.

However, Hamdan denied the claims and introduced the firefighter in the video as Muhammad Hazim Rahimi, who was present at the press conference. Hazim was not injured.

Hazim said he had been mistaken as Adib because when he ran from the unruly mob, he had climbed into a nearby Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) van, instead of the fire engine.

Adib was badly injured in the fracas at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in USJ25 early yesterday.







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There are conflicting claims over how Fire and Rescue Department personnel Muhammad Adib Muhammad Kassim sustained life-threatening injuries during the riot in Subang Jaya on Tuesday morning.

According to the authorities, Adib was forced out of a van and assaulted while responding to an emergency.

However, the caretakers of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple dispute this, and held a press conference this afternoon to draw attention to a video clip which recently surfaced.

The caretakers claim that the video clip purportedly shows a man in a fire-resistant suit walking behind a fire engine which suddenly reversed.

“The fire engine reversed so far and hit him (causing Adib to land on) a car which was at the back,” said temple priest Ramaji.

When contacted, Selangor police chief Mazlan Mansor said that that they were investigating that angle, but could not provide details at this point.

The caretakers claim that the video clip purportedly shows a man in a fire-resistant suit walking behind a fire engine which suddenly reversed.

“The fire engine reversed so far and hit him (causing Adib to land on) a car which was at the back,” said temple priest Ramaji.

When contacted, Selangor police chief Mazlan Mansor said that that they were investigating that angle, but could not provide details at this point.

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However, some Fire and Rescue Department staff informed Malaysiakini that Adib could not have been the person in the video, as that person was wearing a fire-resistant Nomex suit and helmet (photo, left).

Adib is part of the emergency medical rescue team (EMRS) which would likely mean that he was wearing regular camouflage uniform (photo, right).

Sources also claim that Adib was seated at the front seat in the EMRS van and did not disembark on his own.

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Another video clip has surfaced which purportedly depicts a group removing Adib from the scene and loading him onto a pickup truck which sent him to the hospital.

Hariz Mohd and B Nantha Kumar contributed to this report.







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