SHAH ALAM: The injuries sustained by firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim during the Sri Maha Mariamman temple riot last November were believed to have been caused by blunt objects, the coroner’s court was told today.
Mohd Hafizan Nordin, the tenth witness in the inquest into the death of Adib, said his assumption was based on the injuries he saw on the firefighter.
“When I loaded the firefighter onto my red Mitsubishi Storm, he was shirtless, wearing only the firemen’s uniform pant.
“I saw blue and red bruises under his armpit, until his right ribs. I checked his pulse, his heart rate was low.
“He was unconscious, I told him ‘Bang, bang, buka mata’ (Brother, open your eyes), but he was not responding.
“Based on my experience when I was serving as a medical assistant at Malaysian Army, I assumed the injuries were caused by hard footwear, not a wood weapon.
“However, I did not see any footprint on the firefighter’s body,” he told Coroner Rofiah Mohamad Mansor.
Hafizan said he had just finished refuelling his car at a petrol station near the temple and was heading to Kota Kemuning.
“I didn’t know that I was near the temple (Sri Maha Mariamman temple) because I was using Waze.
“When I was about 100m from the temple, I heard someone shouting for help.
“I wound down the car window and saw a group of men carrying a man. When I about to get down from the car, an Indian woman told me ‘Dik, dik, jangan masuk, nanti kena pukul’ (Brother, brother, don’t go inside, you will get beaten).
“But because I already saw the injured firefighter, I got out and helped the group of men to load the victim onto my vehicle,” he said.
The 33-year-old bodyguard said he then sent the firefighter to Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC), which is about 15 minutes from the temple.
“One of the men followed me to SJMC, when I asked him how the firefighter was injured, he told me ‘Saya sudah halang diaorang, tapi mereka tetap pukul anggota bomba, mereka tidak berperikemanusiaan, bomba pun nak pukul’ (I already stopped them, but they continued hitting the firefighter, they were inhuman).”
The inquest continues tomorrow.