KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the police will cooperate and give its full assistance in ensuring that all action that needs to be taken will proceed smoothly, with regards to the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school fire that claimed 24 lives early this morning.
In a statement, Mohamad Fuzi expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
“May Allah bless their souls and place them amongst the righteous,” he said.
In the 5.41am incident in Datuk Keramat, here, it is understood that 42 people were initially trapped inside the school. Several managed to be rescued and those injured were sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) for treatment.
Of the 24 who died, 22 were students while the other two were teachers at the centre.
Police confirmed that 12 bodies have been taken to the National Forensic Medicine Institute (IPFN) for post-mortem and identification by family members.
Meanwhile, members of the public have been urged not to share pictures and videos of the victims’ charred remains.
The Fire and Rescue Department said this via their official @bombaJBPM Twitter account, asking for members of the public to be responsible individuals.
MIC treasurer-general Datuk Seri S Vell Paari also made the same call in a press statement.
“Please feel some pity and compassion towards their families when these kind of pictures are posted on social media. This is not right,” he said, referring to images of the young victims, especially their bodies and charred remains.
Vell Paari also said that it is time for the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Fire and Rescue Department to start identifying how many more of these religious schools that don’t comply with safety requirements.
“Help them and get them to comply to these safety standards accordingly so that this kind of incident will not happen again,” he said, also offering his deepest condolences to the families and friends of the fire victims. – MO