Improve fire safety in tahfiz schools, urges PPBM

Ahmad Fairuz Othman

JOHOR BARU: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) has conveyed its condolences to the students and teachers of a religious school in Kuala Lumpur, which was gutted in a pre-dawn blaze today.

PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the tragedy was “very heartbreaking”, and that there was a need to look into fire safety regulations for privately run tahfiz schools.

“The party wishes to convey its condolences to the families and teachers affected by the fire at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz school in Kampung Datuk Keramat.

“The tragedy is very heartbreaking and sad as there were more than 20 people who died and many others injured.

“There is a need for the relevant authorities to investigate the cause of the fire. We need to make sure such tragedies do not recur,” said Muhyiddin after chairing a Johor Pakatan Harapan meeting here, today.

He said although there were fires involving madrasah and tahfiz schools in the past, today’s fire was one of the worst involving these private religious institutions.

“Such things has happened before. There were cases where people cooked at the same place where they slept.

“Problems like this need to be solved,” he said.

The fire broke out at 5.15am today. At least 24 people were killed in the fire, including two of the school’s wardens. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd