The fireman who was assaulted by rioters in Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple on November 27 tragically passed away tonight at 9.41pm (Dec 17), NST reported.
24-year-old Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim took his last breath accompanied by his parents and siblings who were there since morning, Harian Metro quoted Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin as saying.
Zuraida, who was present at the National Heart Institute (IJN) where Adib was hospitalised, confirmed the young fireman’s death. She said Adib’s remains would be brought to the Hang Tuah Fire and Rescue station for final respects tomorrow morning.
“His remains will then be flown via helicopter to his hometown in Kedah where he will be buried after Zohor prayers.
“May his soul be placed among the righteous,” said the minister in a statement, adding that Adib fought for his life in the hospital for exactly three weeks.
On the day of the incident, Adib was sent to the USJ25 temple to put out a burning vehicle. When fleeing the scene due to overwhelming resistance of the rioters, Adib was dragged out of an emergency vehicle and was assaulted by the rioters.
He was later rescued by some rioters and rushed to Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) for treatment. He was transferred to IJN that night as the latter hospital has a life-support machine that could pump oxygen into his body.
Adib showed signs of recovery since then and was even unhooked from a couple of life-support machines until 9pm yesterday where he was reconnected back to Veno-Vevous ECMO (Veno-Venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) system. IJN said his lung functions had deteriorated then.
More to follow tomorrow.
Rest in peace Adib. Our prayers and thoughts are with you tonight.