PUTRAJAYA: The government has enough time to appoint a deputy public prosecutor before the inquest into the death of fireman Muhamad Adib Mohd Kassim resumes on June 26.
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, who disclosed this, said she was waiting for the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) to submit the proposed names of DPPs who would represent the ministry and the Fire and Rescue Department.
She said during her discussion with Attorney General Tommy Thomas, she asked that the AGC submit several names for the ministry’s consideration.
“The AGC has not submitted the names of the DPPs to me yet.
“When I have the list, I will go through it and decide.
“The inquest will resume on June 26, so we have some time for consideration,” she said after meeting an activist group made up of the disabled at her office yesterday.
The inquest was adjourned for three weeks after the sudden withdrawal of a lawyer who represented both the ministry and the department.
Thomas had explained that lawyer Syazlin Muhammad’s appointment caused a conflict of interest in the inquest proceedings because besides representing the ministry and department, she also acted for Muhammad Adib’s family.
Zuraida said with the issue of legal representation close to being resolved, it was important that the DPP appointed “adopt all evidence and submissions” raised at the inquest, including the evidence by retired pathologist Dr Shahrom Abd Wahid.
Dr Shahrom, a former forensic pathologist at the UKM Medical Centre, was the 29th witness brought in by Syazlin.
Muhammad Adib was critically injured last Nov 27 when he and his team responded to an emergency at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple where a riot was taking place.
He died on Dec 17 at the National Heart Institute.
Zuraida, who was also asked to comment on reports that the Wanita PKR Tangga Batu chief had defected to Umno, she said PKR must take note of this.
“I think the party leadership has been informed of this new development. Joining a party, leaving party and changing party is normal in politics.
“But we should improve on our shortcomings and perform better,” said Zuraida, who is a PKR vice-president.
In a Facebook posting on Saturday, Rohanie Mahmud announced her resignation from the party to join Umno.