ALOR SETAR (Bernama): The inquest to determine the cause of death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim will be conducted in a thorough manner to avoid being exploited by certain quarters.
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the inquest was not deliberately delayed as time was needed to ensure that the best is done as this was a matter of public interest.
"We will ensure that the process is fair and thorough. Previously too 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 is already available," she said after visiting Muhammad Adib's family in Kampung Tebengau, Kuala Kedah here Sunday (Jan 6).
According to Zuraida, all witnesses including the doctors who treated him and pathologists who performed the autopsy would be summoned at the inquest to be conducted at the Coroner's Court on Jan 18.
On Dec 28 Solicitor General III of Malaysia, 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, hoped 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 posthumous promotion just like Muhammad Adib and the welfare of their families will be taken care of," she said.
Meanwhile, in KULIM, Zuraida called on the Department of Environment (DOE) to monitor operations of plastic waste recycling plants and submit their reports to the ministry once every six months.
She said this measure must be taken to ensure that the factories operate in accordance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) as set by the ministry, to protect and improve the environment.
“With the reports available it will facilitate cooperation and enforcement between both parties," she told reporters after visiting two waste recycling factories here. - Bernama