KUALA LUMPUR: It was a sombre atmosphere at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital’s National Institute of Forensic Medicine (NIFM) this morning as the van which was carrying the remains of Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim left the area and made its way to the Fire and Rescue Department Air Unit Department at Airod facility in Subang airport.
Vehicles carrying his family members and colleagues were following closely behind the van, which was also escorted by the Royal Malaysia Police on motorcycles.
The remains of the fireman would be flown via a helicopter to his hometown, Kampung Tebengau, in Kuala Kedah for burial.
Earlier, Adib’s family waited patiently for the post-mortem to take place, which was completed at 5.50am, before a total of 60 personnel and firemen conducted a prayer at the NIFM.
Selangor Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Hassan ‘As’ari Omar said the remains would be flown home via a helicopter.
“The journey will take about three hours,” he said, adding that in Kedah, the last alarm ceremony would also be held for Adib.
Adib would then be buried at the As Saadah Mosque Muslim Cemetery in Kampung Tebengau.
The grave was already prepared by Kedah Fire and Rescue Department as soon as they heard the news of Adib’s passing.
The 24-year-old passed away at the National Heart Institute (IJN) at 9.41pm. His death was confirmed by Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.
On Nov 27, Adib and other rescuers from the Subang Jaya Emergency Response System (EMRS) unit were deployed to the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya to put out a vehicle fire.
However, Adib was dragged out of the vehicle and set upon by a mob.
He was later rescued by members the public who rushed him to the Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) for treatment. He was later transferred to the IJN to receive further treatment.
He was subsequently placed on life support, with his condition critical.
Despite initially showing signs of recovery, his condition took a turn for the worse yesterday. IJN, in a statement, said his lung functions had deteriorated.