PETALING JAYA: The Opposition has called for Attorney General Tommy Thomas to resign over the inquest of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim and the setting up of a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to look into the case.
Opposition leader and Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Thomas had acted unprofessionally with his “open interference” in the inquest.
“There have been too many such instances. The court has yet to determine the cause of death but Deputy Public Prosecutor Hamdan Hamzah filed an affidavit stating that his death was not due to being beaten by any party.
“The government seems to have already decided the cause of death,” said Ismail at a press conference yesterday called by the Opposition comprising Umno and PAS leaders to ask for a RCI over the case of Muhammad Adib, 24, who was seriously injured in a riot at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple on Nov 27, 2018.
The fireman succumbed to his injuries at the National Heart Institute on Dec 17.
“We ask for a RCI but we will not propose who should be in it as that is to be determined by the Cabinet,” Ismail Sabri added.
He also dismissed allegations that the Opposition was politicising Muhammad Adib’s death.
“If we did, there would have been street protests when he died. This is about justice for a civil servant killed in the line of duty,” he said.
The Opposition’s call came two days after Syazlin Mansor discharged herself as counsel to the Housing and Local Government Ministry, Fire and Rescue Department and the family of the deceased in the inquest.
Thomas explained that Syazlin representing three parties caused a conflict of interest.
He, however, said that she was free to continue acting for Muhammad Adib’s family at the inquest.
Ismail Sabri said Syazlin’s withdrawal as instructed by the ministry, following orders from Thomas, was uncalled for.
“The AG also reasoned that she was the wife of one of the minister’s press secretaries,” Ismail Sabri added.
PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the Opposition’s quest for justice for Muhammad Adib had nothing to do with race.
“His name could have been Adib, Maniam or Ah Seng ... There is no politics here,” he said.
He also alleged that Thomas had exceeded his powers in the way the inquest was held.
“This inquest was unnecessary as the Selangor deputy police chief Datuk Ab Rashid Ab Wahab had said it was a murder case,” said Takiyuddin.
Police reclassified the case from attempted murder to murder when Muhammad Adib died.
“Does the AG not trust the police?” he asked.After Syazlin’s withdrawal, judge Rofiah Mohamad, who sits as coroner of the inquest, set June 26 for mention to give time for a new counsel to come in.
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