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How was Adib injured? Priest says accident, authorities say otherwise

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Modified 28 Nov 2018, 2:09 pm

There are conflicting claims over how Fire and Rescue Department personnel Muhammad Adib Muhammad Kassim sustained life-threatening injuries during the riot in Subang Jaya on Tuesday morning.

According to the authorities, Adib was forced out of a van and assaulted while responding to an emergency.

However, the caretakers of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple dispute this, and held a press conference this afternoon to draw attention to a video clip which recently surfaced.

The caretakers claim that the video clip purportedly shows a man in a fire-resistant suit walking behind a fire engine which suddenly reversed.

"The fire engine reversed so far and hit him (causing Adib to land on) a car which was at the back," said temple priest Ramaji.

When contacted, Selangor police chief Mazlan Mansor said that that they were investigating that angle, but could not provide details at this point.

However, some Fire and Rescue Department staff informed Malaysiakini that Adib could not have been the person in the video, as that person was wearing a fire-resistant Nomex suit and helmet (photo, left).

Adib is part of the emergency medical rescue team (EMRS) which would likely mean that he was wearing regular camouflage uniform (photo, right).

Sources also claim that Adib was seated at the front seat in the EMRS van and did not disembark on his own.

Adib, 24, is currently under intensive care at the National Heart Institute. His condition is said to be improving.

Another video clip has surfaced which purportedly depicts a group removing Adib from the scene and loading him onto a pickup truck which sent him to the hospital.

Hariz Mohd and B Nantha Kumar contributed to this report.


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