PAS, UMNO: Poor handling of Adib inquest may trigger unrest

Pas secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan refuted accusations that Umno and Pas were using Adib’s death as a political tool. Source (pic): TTF

Umno vice-president Datuk Ismail Sabri warned the government that Malaysians will likely take things into their own hands if they are unhappy about the way the case of the late fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, is handled.

Ismail said the opposition bloc felt that Thomas should either resign or be removed as the AG as his actions had eroded the people’s trust in the AG’s Chambers.

On Tuesday, Thomas said Syazlin was in a position of conflict of interest, among others, due to her husband being the press secretary to the housing minister.


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians will likely take things into their own hands if they are unhappy about the way the case of the late fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, is handled.

Umno vice-president Datuk Ismail Sabri warned the government that the withdrawal of counsel Syazlin Mansor, who represented the Housing and Local Government Ministry, the Fire and Rescue Department and Adib’s family, from the case showed there was unwarranted interference in the case.

Ismail blamed Attorney-General Tommy Thomas, saying that the case had turned chaotic due to the latter’s “failures”.


“This is a sensitive issue and, so, it must be handled with care,” he told a press conference, here, today.

“It can be manipulated by anyone which then will turn into a time bomb that could lead to unwanted events.

“If it happens, the people will feel restless and they might retaliate or do things that will cause harm to the country.”

Ismail said the opposition bloc felt that Thomas should either resign or be removed as the AG as his actions had eroded the people’s trust in the AG’s Chambers.

The Bera member of parliament suggested that a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) should be set up to look into Adib’s death.

Meanwhile, Pas secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan refuted accusations that Umno and Pas were using Adib’s death as a political tool.

He claimed that the opposition bloc were committed to seeing justice being served.

“We want justice because it involved a civil servant, not because his name was Adib.

“Even if his name is Maniam or Ah Seng, if the same thing happened, we will defend him.

“It has nothing to do with race. Adib’s family deserves justice for what was done to him and we can’t let him die in vain,” he said.

Takiyuddin, meanwhile, questioned the need to dismiss lawyer Nor Syazlin Mansor five months after the court proceedings had started.

He claimed that Thomas was acting beyond his power and responsibility as the AG.

“Why didn’t the AG dismiss her from the beginning and only five months after the inquest had started?

“This is a serious matter and the AG should not behave as if he is running his personal law firm,” he said.

Also present were Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and Umno women chief Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad.

On Tuesday, Thomas said Syazlin was in a position of conflict of interest, among others, due to her husband being the press secretary to the housing minister.

Thomas also said that Syazlin often contradicted the positions of deputy public prosecutors (DPPs), who were the conducting officers in the proceedings, causing embarrassment in her capacity as the ministry’s lawyer.

On Monday, coroner Rofiah Mohamad granted Syazlin’s application to recuse herself from representing the three parties on the 37th day of the inquest proceedings.

Adib, 24, who was also a member of the emergency medical rescue services at the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue station, was seriously injured in a riot at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, USJ 25, Subang Jaya, Selangor, on Nov 27, last year.

He died at the National Heart Institute on Dec 17.

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