Zuraida: Fireman hurt in Hindu temple fracas critical

Local Government and Housing Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin speaks during a press conference at the Subang Jaya Medical Centre in Subang Jaya November 27, 2018. ― Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
Local Government and Housing Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin speaks during a press conference at the Subang Jaya Medical Centre in Subang Jaya November 27, 2018. ― Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

SUBANG JAYA, Nov 27 ― A member of the Subang Jaya Emergency Response System (EMRS) unit who was assaulted at the Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple at USJ25 earlier today is in critical condition, said Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, 24, was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) this morning.

The minister said the fireman is suffering from multiple broken ribs, plus bruises on his chest and abdomen.

“His ribs which were broken punctured the lung, leading to breathing diffculties,” she told reporters at a press conference after visiting the injured fireman today.

Zuraida said Muhammad Adib’s condition has been unchanged since he was brought in to the hospital at about 1am, adding that five specialists are looking after him.

The minister expressed her disappointment over the incident and said the riots should serve as a lesson for Malaysians to not take the law into their own hands.

“The police have enough evidence to investigate the incident, and I hope they will look into it meticulously,” she said.

It is understood that Muhammad Adib was badly injured after rioters forcefully pulled him out of the emergency medical response vehicle that he was in.

His family, as well as his fiancée, were also at the hospital to get updates on his condition. The fireman is due to be married this December.