KUALA LUMPUR: Umno and PAS today questioned the attorney-general’s timing in instructing a ministry’s lawyer to withdraw from an inquest into the death of Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, a fireman who died in the temple riots in Subang Jaya last year.
PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said Tommy Thomas should have asked lawyer Syazlin Mansor to withdraw as counsel for the housing and local government ministry much earlier and not towards the tail end of the inquest.
“Why ask Syazlin to withdraw after five months? Prior to this, objections were raised when it came to the lawyer who wanted to represent the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple, but Syazlin’s appointment was not objected to,” he said at a press conference.
While Takiyuddin did not identify the lawyer, it is believed he was alluding to M Visvanathan, who was to represent the temple’s task force.
In February, the High Court had dismissed applications by the temple task force and devotees to take part in the inquest as both applicants had “no nexus” to the incident.