Inquest into Muhammad Adib’s death will be thorough

BY BERNAMA

The inquest to determine the cause of death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim will be conducted tho-roughly to avoid any loopholes which can be exploited by certain quarters.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the inquest is not deliberately delayed, as time is needed to ensure that the best is being done as this is a matter of public interest.

“We will ensure that the process is fair and thorough. Muhammad Adib was given the best treatment…we are thankful that his family agreed to have the post-mortem conducted and the reports have been completed.

“Usually the inquest will take a month, but we may complete it in a much shorter time as the necessary information are already available,” she told reporters after visiting Muhammad Adib’s family in Kampung Tebengau, Kuala Kedah, yesterday.

According to Zuraida, at the first inquest to be conducted at the Coroner’s Court on Jan 18, all witnesses including the doctors who treated him and pathologists who performed the autopsy will
be summoned.

On Dec 28, the  Solicitor General III Datuk Mohamad Hanafiah Zakaria said the Attorney-General’s Chambers had filed papers for the inquest  at the Registrar’s office in Shah Alam and case management of the inquest to determine Muhammad Adib’s cause of death had also been fixed on Jan 18.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Adib’s mother, Asma Aziz, 51, hopes that the inquest proceedings could be conducted and resolved quickly.

“I hope those responsible for his death, including the masterminds, will be arrested soon. Whatever the case, I accept his death as fate,” she said.

On investigations into the death of six firemen who drowned during a rescue operation in a mining pool in Puchong on Oct 3, Zuraida said the report has reached the final stages before being tabled to the Cabinet.

“All those who died will be given a posthumous promotion just like Muhammad Adib, and the welfare of their families will be taken care of,” she said. — Bernama