Fire dept: Man in viral video standing behind reversing fire engine not Adib


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 28 Nov 2018

Fire and Rescue Department Director-General Datuk Mohamad Hamdan Wahid with a photo of a screenshot of the viral video during a press conference at National Heart Institute (IJN) on Wednesday

KUALA LUMPUR: The fireman in the viral video standing behind a fire truck as it was reversing at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman site is not Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, who suffered severe injuries after reportedly being dragged out of his vehicle and beaten by the mob at the temple site on Monday (Nov 26). 

Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Mohamad Hamdan Wahid said the man in the video was actually Muhammad Adib's colleague.

He said Mohd Hazim bin Mohd Rahimi, 31, was originally riding in the fire truck in front of the emergency vehicle Muhammad Adib was in. 

Mohamad Hamdan was commenting on the allegation by the temple committee that Muhammad Adib was hit by a reversing fire truck while responding to a fire at the scene. 

Muhammad Adib is currently being treated at the National Heart Institute (IJN).

The temple committee alleged that the incident was captured in the viral video. 

Mohamad Hamdan said the department will be lodging a police report against the allegations. 

He said this during a press conference at IJN on Wednesday (Nov 28). Mohd Hazim was also present. 

Talking about the incident, Mohd Hazim confirmed that the person in the video was him, adding that he was caught on video alighting from the fire truck to access the hose reel. 

He said upon seeing the mob, he leapt into the emergency vehicle for safety. 

"It was a very chaotic and confusing moment," he said, adding that rioters had rushed towards them with intentions to attack. 
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