KUALA LUMPUR: Laywer Syazlin Mansor has returned to represent fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s family at the inquest into his death after her sudden withdrawal last month.
Syazlin said she was returning on the request of Muhammad Adib’s father.
Syazlin, who was also representing the Housing and Local Government Ministry and the Fire and Rescue Department, had informed coroner Rofiah Mohamad that she was withdrawing from representing all three parties on May 27.
She revealed that she was told by Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin that Attorney General Tommy Thomas had asked for her appointment to be revoked.
Thomas – in a press statement on May 28 – stated a deputy public prosecutor (DPP) should have represented the ministry; that Syazlin could have caused a conflict of interest by representing the ministry and the Fire and Rescue Department while also representing Muhammad Adib’s family; that Syazlin often took an active part in the inquest and had contradicted the positions that DPPs in the inquest had taken; and that Syazlin’s husband was serving as Zuraida’s press secretary.
However, Syazlin said there was no issue of conflict of interest as Muhammad Adib’s family had never wanted to sue the ministry or the Fire and Rescue Department.
She added the position the fireman’s family had taken was never at odds with the position taken by the ministry and the Fire and Rescue Department.
Syazlin also objected to Thomas using her husband’s job with Zuraida as a reason she was asked to withdraw.
“What was the Attorney General implying when he tried to relate (her representation of the two parties) to my husband’s job?
“I believe this was a malicious intent to smear my good name and my husband’s,” she added.
Syazlin questioned why Thomas only raised the issue of her appointment in May.
“I find it strange that when I started to question the theory of the experts from Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) and when I brought in Dr Shahrom Abd Wahid to assist with the inquest that the issue of conflict of interest and my appointment were suddenly raised,” she added.
The experts from HKL referred to Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi and HKL Forensic Department head Datuk Dr Mohd Shah Mahmood.
The retired pathologist put forth the theory that Muhammad Adib could have been forcefully pulled out of the Fire and Rescue Department’s Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) van he was in, while several persons were kicking the door, resulting in his injuries.
Meanwhile, Dr Ahmad Hafizam ruled that the fireman’s injuries were inconsistent with an assault.
Syazlin also claimed there were attempts to disrupt the inquest after it was revealed that Dr Shahrom’s theory differed from that of Dr Ahmad Hafizam’s.
Syazlin’s husband Ahmad Soffian Mohd Shariff has since resigned as Zuraida’s press secretary.
The inquest, being held at the Shah Alam Sessions Court, will continue on June 26.
Muhammad Adib, 24, was critically injured in the early morning of Nov 27 after he and his team from the Subang Jaya fire station responded to an emergency call at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.
He later died on Dec 17 at the National Heart Institute.