GEORGE TOWN: Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah fought back tears as he recalled the tragic death of Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim after he was severely injured in the line of duty last month.
Expressing sadness over the death of the 24-year-old firefighter, Sultan Nazrin praised Muhammad Adib as a distinguished, courageous and commanding hero who died in the service of the nation.
“The whole country, regardless of race and religion, from the ordinary people to the palace, mourns the loss suffered by the family of Muhammad Adib.
“All efforts must be made to find those who committed the cruel crime that led to Muhammad Adib’s death and brought grief to his family.
“In upholding the truth, those who witnessed the incident have the religious, moral and legal responsibility to come forward and assist in police investigations.
“A crime as cruel as this cannot be covered up. We shall ask God for poetic justice. We shall ensure that the guilty will be punished for their sins,” he said.
Sultan Nazrin, who is in Penang for a two-day visit, spoke at the presentation of instruments of appointment to members of the Penang Islamic Religious Council and judges and registrars of the Penang Syariah Court.
Also present were Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman.
Recalling the Nov 27 temple riots, Sultan Nazrin said Malaysia, a multi-racial nation of people with mutual respect for one another founded by the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, had, for a moment, lost the sense of humanity that it had nurtured for so long.
“The law was discarded by the people who resorted to violence, driven by prejudice and emotion,” he added.
Sultan Nazrin said the country would be peaceful and the people could live in harmony so long as everyone adheres to and respects the law.
“However, when the law is discarded and the people opt for strength or advantage by using position, wealth, violence, corruption, lust and deceit, then many innocent people will become victims,” he said.
Muhammad Adib succumbed to his injuries on Dec 17 at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur.
An inquest is to be held to determine the cause of his death. — Bernama