PUTRAJAYA: The inquest to determine the cause of firefighter Muhammad Adib Kassim’s death which is ongoing at the Coroner’s Court in Shah Alam will proceed, the Court of Appeal ruled after it denied an application to temporarily stay the proceedings.
Court of Appeal judge Datuk Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid, who led a three-man panel, said the inquest should not be stayed as there are contentious issues that needed to be determined.
“We all know it is of public knowledge that the inquest is a public interest and contentious matter, and therefore it should not be stayed at any time,” she said, adding that the court will not consider the interim (temporary) stay application pending the hearing of the actual stay application.
Deputy public prosecutor Datuk Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar, in objecting the temporary stay application, said the Coroner’s Court has fixed this Monday until April 12 to proceed with the inquiry proceedings.
Meanwhile, the bench, also presided by Datuk Harmindar Singh Dhaliwal and Datuk Stephen Chung Hian Guan, ordered the task force to file an affidavit to clarify its legal position in bringing the action as an interested party.
The court fixed March 4 for the hearing of the actual stay application and to allow the Attorney-General Chambers (AGC) to file an affidavit in reply to the task force’s application to stay the inquest proceedings pending the appeal in the Court of Appeal.
The task force had on Feb 13 filed an application to suspend the proceedings pending the disposal of an appeal against the High Court’s decision dismissing their application to be an interested party in the inquest.
Adib, 24, was severely injured during rioting near the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in the early hours of Nov 27.
He was part of the response team sent to the location from the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue station, following report of vehicles being torched at the area.
He succumbed to his injuries at the National Heart Institute three weeks later on Dec 17.