Defacement of deceased firefighter mural ‘irrational act’

Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, July 1: The recent vandalism of a mural of deceased firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim under a flyover near the Shah Alam Fire and Rescue Station (BBP) by irresponsible people, has been deemed an irrational act.

Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) director-general Datuk Mohammad Hamdan Wahid, who was saddened by the incident, said so far, the department has not received any additional information over the incident.

“However, as a developing country, Malaysians should think with common sense and act rationally before they do something. If there is any dissatisfaction with any parties or person, this is not the right way or action to express your anger. 

“If you behave this way, then you do not have a purpose or direction in life,” Hamdan said after attending the department’s Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri and Ngiling Bidai celebration here last night.

Adib, who was a member of the Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) unit at the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue Station died after sustaining serious injuries on Dec 17 last year after he was attacked in the temple riot incident at Sri Maha Mariamman, Subang Jaya on Nov 27.

A mural of his likeness was painted to commemorate his sacrifice for the community.

Since the case is still pending court inquest, Hamdan said he could could not comment further.

“However, I want to say that the department is always very concerned about the welfare, safety and health of its firefighters while they are on duty. 

“Our firefighters know they have certain risks especially when dealing with an emergency call. Although the public may not know the risks, these firefighters are always ready to help the community, regardless of cases, time or place,” he said. — DayakDaily