A bystander at the scene of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple riot last November today told an inquest that he saw a group of men assisting an unidentified firefighter who appeared to be in pain.
Air Asia trainee Amirrul Adli M Yussli, the fourth witness in the inquest to determine firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s cause of death, said his car was among those parked along the roadside where a mob had surged towards a fire truck that then reversed into an Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) van.
Amirul said he ran towards his car to check on its condition after both the fire engine and the ambulance had reversed along Jalan Usaha USJ16 towards a junction in order to escape the chaos.
“I tried to open my (driver’s) door but I couldn’t […] I then went around my car to check for other damages,” the 26-year-old said.
When he looked up, Amirrul said he saw a crowd milling about and a firefighter sitting on the kerb with his legs stretched out and his arms on his chest.
He said two or three Indians went to the aid of Adib.
“He appeared to be in pain and his head was down,” said Amirrul.
Amirrul also recalled that the firefighter was wearing camouflaged pants (part of a fireman’s uniform) and a t-shirt without a camouflaged shirt or a fire jacket.
Amirrul said several men then moved to lift the firefighter and laid him down in front of his (Amirrul’s) car.
“I overheard one of them say, ‘He’s about to faint! He’s about to faint!
“I then glanced to my side and saw that indeed he was about to faint,” said Amirrul, adding that the men asked if he could take the firefighter to a hospital, but he could not as his car door had been damaged by the reversing vehicles.
Quizzed on whether he saw any physical injuries on the firefighter, Amirrul said he only noticed that he was in an almost unconscious state and it was apparent he was in pain.
Amirrul described that night as chaotic and deafening, with some in the crowd consuming alcohol.
Earlier report: Feb 12, Chaos, Danger When Mob Attacked Fire Truck, EMRS Van