ALOR STAR: ‘I saw Adib (Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim) for about 20 minutes before the incident and he looked happy before left for his work at the scene (Seafield Temple). That was the last time I saw him before he left us for good,’ said Muhamad Fadil Buari, 26.
The late fireman’s colleague and friend said he had taken a four day leave to attend Adib's wedding which was supposed to take place this Sunday.
"Adib looked excited and happy as he counted down the days for his leave and marriage ... but everything is in pieces now after he died last night (Monday night).
"I am quite sad in losing a very good friend which I had known for the last four years. He never troubled anyone," he said when met at the family home of Adib in Kuala Tebengau, Kuala Kedah today.
Fadil was in tears earlier when he took a glimpse of his late friend, when Adib’s coffin was opened for the last time to allow family members, friends and loved ones to pay their respect to him.
He added that on that fateful day, he and Adib were on duty but they were in different team, which Fadil being based at the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue station, while Adib was in field duty.
Upon being informed of the incident at the Maha Mariamman Temple at USJ 25, Fadil said he was shocked when he found that Adib had become a victim.
"I did not know the situation at the moment and the injuries sustained Adib at the incident, as he was sent to the hospital straight.
"I only knew that he was in critical condition when he was transferred to the National Heart Institute. His condition showed an improvement somewhat before it deteriorated, he said.
Fadil said in the time he knew Adib, the late fireman though was quiet, he was nevertheless active in sports and it was difficult to find someone like him.
Meanwhile, a cousin, Amirul Ameer Azmi, 23, said the wedding cards for Adib had been finalised but it had yet to be distributed.
"The wedding cards were supposed to be sent out last month, but due to the incident, his family decided to concentrate on his well being at the hospital.
"Preparation on the bride's side stood at 80 per cent, their wedding feast was supposed to take place on Saturday, whereas for Adib's side, it was supposed to take place on Sunday.”