PETALING JAYA: The family of deceased fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim is disappointment with the police and Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador for saying there were no witnesses to his death.
"It is not fair for the IGP to summarise that there were no witness statements that could determine his murder, just because two firemen with him on that night did not see what had happened.
"Moreover, it is unreasonable for the IGP to portray that Adib was not attacked because there were no injuries on his body.
"These allegations were clearly answered in the inquest and the IGP's action to raise this matter shows that the police did not examine and do not understand the chronology of this case based on the witness statements and evidence available," said the family in a statement issued by their lawyers on Sunday (July 12).
Abdul Hamid said that the police would call two of Adib's colleagues back for additional statements.
"Following the results of the inquest last year, police have recalled all witnesses who had given their statements during the proceedings.
"In addition, 52 new witnesses have been called and their statements recorded.
"Action has been taken to call back two firemen that were closest to Adib during the incident.
"Both have consistently said that they did not see anyone attack Adib, so no statements can be linked to Adib being murdered.
"God-willing, I will endeavour to solve this case once and for all," said Abdul Hamid during a press conference in Bukit Aman on Friday (July 10).
In September 2019, the Coroner's Court ruled that Adib's death was caused by two or more unknown persons.
The family said the police were obliged to investigate who caused Adib's death, and not question whether he was killed or otherwise.
Adib, 24, became critically injured after he and his team members from the Subang Jaya fire station responded to an emergency call at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, where a riot was taking place.
The fireman was taken to SJMC after he was found injured, before being transferred to the National Heart Institute (IJN) for further treatment where he died on Dec 17,2018.
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