31 May 2019
An NGO today lodged a police report over a viral video claiming that the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim in a riot was a government-orchestrated conspiracy carried out by the attorney-general.
Pertubuhan Gerakan Martabat Pejuang Negara (GMPN) made the report at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, calling on the police and the MCMC to act on the matter.
GMPN chairman Maj (Rtd) Razali Zakaria said the allegation made by Gerakan Pembela Ummah chairperson Aminuddin Yahaya (above) could jeopardise the ongoing inquest into the death of Muhammad Adib.
“The malicious slander of the alleged conspiracy will not be accepted by the people, particularly the family of Muhammad Adib,” he told reporters after making the report.
Last Monday, lawyer Syazlin Mansor withdrew as the counsel for the Housing and Local Government Ministry, Fire & Rescue Department and Muhammad Adib’s family at the inquest, raising speculation and questions on the inquest.
Muhammad Adib, who was a member of the Emergency Medical Rescue Service (EMRS) at the Subang Jaya Fire & Rescue Station, was seriously injured in a riot at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25, Subang Jaya, on Nov 27, 2018.
He died at the National Heart Institute 21 days later. He was 24. – Bernama
Accusing AG of interference, opposition wants RCI into Adib’s death
The opposition has demanded the establishment of a royal commission of inquiry on the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.
“We are demanding the RCI for justice, as well as to restore public confidence.
“It is up to the discretion of the government whom it wants to pick to handle the RCI,” opposition leader Ismail Sabri Yaakob told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.
The Umno vice-president also accused Attorney-General Tommy Thomas of interfering in the ongoing inquest to determine Adib’s cause of death.
This is related to Thomas instructing that lawyer Syazlin Mansor should no longer represent the Housing and Local Government Ministry as well as the Fire and Rescue Department, which led to her withdrawal on Monday.
Claiming that the AG has failed in his role to advise the government, Ismail said Thomas should either resign or be sacked.
Meanwhile, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan (photo), who was also present at the press conference, said Thomas should not run the Attorney-General’s Chambers like his law firm.
“Why only after five months was Syazlin asked to withdraw? Thomas acted beyond his powers.
“We want to tell Thomas not to run the AGC like his law firm. The AGC has rules and regulations. Do not do things which can erode public confidence,” he added.
Takiyuddin also disputed the reasons cited by Thomas for Syazlin’s removal, such as being the wife of the minister’s aide.
“This excuse does not make sense… It does not matter even if she is the minister’s wife. She was appointed as a professional lawyer on a pro bonobasis,” he said.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has defended the AG over the persistent calls for his head to roll, saying Thomas has a reason for doing certain things.