Seafield temple riot: Fireman fighting for his life

The fire engine that was damaged by rioters.

KUCHING, Nov 27: A firefighter from Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue station is now fighting for his life after being assaulted by rioters at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25 Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, 24, was seriously injured in the incident that occurred at 1am today.

Adib, who is also a member of the Emergency Response System (EMRS) unit, is now in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC).

According to New Straits Times, a Selangor Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said Adib suffered major internal injuries and bone fractures and is unconscious.

He and fellow rescuers were attacked as they were approaching a vehicle that had been set on fire by rioters near the temple.

Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim
The ERMS vehicle that was damaged by rioters.

There were approximately 2,000 rioters at that time.

Not only he was dragged out of the ERMS van and beaten up by the rioters, but the vehicle and a fire engine were also badly damaged by rioters, who smashed the windows, punctured and dismembered all their tyres and left dents and scratches all along their sides.

Adib was later rescued by several members of the public, who rushed him to the SJMC for treatment.

Violence between two rival groups over the relocation of the temple in USJ 25 to another site in USJ 23 erupted yesterday morning, leaving 18 cars and two motorcycles torched during the incident.

According to Bernama, the temple was to have been relocated on Nov 22 following a consent judgment on March 11, 2014, at the Shah Alam High Court. — DayakDaily