Regu (centre) sought to clarify that the temple members had no involvement in the fracas which led to Muhammad Adib being seriously injured. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
SUBANG JAYA, Nov 27 ― The Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam taskforce today expressed their gratitude to injured fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, 24, and apologised for his situation.In a press conference here, the taskforce's secretary VK Regu however clarified that the temple members had no involvement in the fracas which led to Muhammad Adib being seriously injured, and had to be admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)."Thank you to the fire brigade who were involved in taking care of us. Definitely we will go and see them [in hospital]."We are sorry for whatever that had happened. We don't know. We are not directly, or indirectly involved in this."Definitely we will go and see them for solidarity, and thank you," Regu said, calling on everyone to stay united and not morph the incident into one of racial hatred.Regu added that anyone in the crowd could have injured Muhammad Abid as a means to divert the whole issue.Muhammad Adib is a member of the Subang Jaya Emergency Response System (EMRS) unit who was assaulted at the temple, during a riot in the wee hours of the morning today.He is currently in critical condition, said Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, who had visited him earlier today.The minister said the fireman suffers from multiple broken ribs, plus bruises on his chest and abdomen.“His ribs, which were broken, punctured the lung, leading to breathing difficulties,” she told reporters at a press conference after visiting him.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.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. [...]
A group of migrants occupy an access road near the Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia, near the northern Bosnian town of Velika Kladusa. — AFP photo
VELIKA KLADUSA, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bosnian police blocked some 250 migrants from reaching the border with its neighbour and EU member Croatia Tuesday, sparking a scuffle, shortly after thwarting another group in a similar attempt.
“They tried to cross by force. The police turned them down. There was a scuffle,” police spokeswoman Snezana Galic told AFP of the confrontation near the Maljevac border post, where about 100 police were deployed.
No injuries were reported. By late evening, some 100 migrants remained camped at the border near the town of Velika Kladusa in the northwest of Bosnia, which is not a member of the European bloc.
Several thousand migrants have been living in make-shift shelters in the region for months, hoping to continue on to the EU.
Most hail from Pakistan and Afghanistan, but there are also Iranians, Syrians, and Algerians among others.
While some have been repeatedly turned back by a boosted police patrol at the Croatian border, many have managed to slip through and continue their journey to Western Europe.
Earlier in the day, another group of about 100 migrants, including families with children, was sent back by police in buses after spending a night on the roadside near Izacic, another border crossing.
Police stopped them from marching further and sent them to a hotel that has been turned into a temporary migrant centre.
Bosnia’s mountainous terrain was previously avoided by migrants trying to reach Western Europe.
But the country has seen an influx since the start of the year as a new route is carved through the Balkans.
However, aid groups say the country is failing to provide adequate care, with authorities yet to set up a formal reception centre in Bosnia’s northwestern region where most migrants are based.
The UN’s refugee agency warned that better shelter is desperately needed before winter hits.
“We have been calling for the Bosnian authorities … to find additional accommodation for asylum seekers for the past few months. Unfortunately, this was not done sufficiently,” Neven Crvenkovic, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the Balkans, said Tuesday.
“Winter is at the door and it is really the last moment to ensure the necessary housing capacity to avoid a humanitarian tragedy in northern Bosnia,” he added. — AFP [...]