KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Education Minister 1 P. Kamalanathan suggested for all tahfiz school operators to register under the Education Ministry.
He said this in the wake of a blaze at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school in which 22 students died this morning.
In the 5.41am incident, two teachers were also among those who died after being trapped in the fire at Jalan Keramat Ujung, here.
Those injured are currently receiving treatment at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL).
According to Kamalanathan, the matter on getting tahfiz schools to be registered under the ministry was raised in Parliament previously, but to date, no further action has been taken.
When met at the scene of the fire, Kamalanathan explained that the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school was registered under the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (MAIWP) but not under the Education Ministry.
“This tahfiz school, although registered under the Islamic Religious Department, should also be registered under the Education Ministry to make things easier in the future.
“As of now, we do not know the cause of the fire, let the matter be settled first before we take any further action,” he said.
Earlier, deputy director-general (operations) of the Fire and Rescue Department Datuk Soiman Jahid informed that the tahfiz school had yet to receive its fire safety permit.
According to Star Online, Soiman said the tahfiz school was in the process of applying for the permit but had begun operations before obtaining the permit.
“Based on our investigations the school had not acquired a permit to begin its operations and it was applying for one,” Soiman was quoted as saying by Star Online.
Soiman said that based on local government regulations, the school should only begin operations after it has acquired all the permits. – MO