ALOR SETAR: The mother of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim wants the inquest into his death to be held and resolved quickly.
Asma Aziz, 51, said those responsible for her son’s death must be brought to justice.
“Whatever the case, I accept his death as fate,” she said.
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, who visited the family in Kampung Tebengau, Kuala Kedah, yesterday, assured that the inquest would be conducted thoroughly.
She said the inquest was not being deliberately delayed as time was needed to ensure everything was done properly as this was a matter of public interest.
“We will ensure the process is fair and thorough. Muhammad Adib was also 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 told reporters.
According to Zuraida, all witnesses, including the doctors who treated him and pathologists who performed the autopsy, would be summoned.
On Dec 28, 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 had been fixed for Jan 18.
On investigations into the death of six firemen who drowned during a rescue operation at a mining pool in Puchong on Oct 3, Zuraida said the report was at the final stages before being tabled to the Cabinet.
“All those who died will be given posthumous promotion just like Adib and the welfare of their families will be taken care of,” she said. — Bernama