KUANTAN: The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has decreed that operators of religious schools in the state must prioritise safety on their premises.
He said that school safety and security must be taken seriously to prevent untoward incidents, such as fire and criminal acts.
"My highest sympathies for what happened to tahfiz student Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi, the 11-year-old (student) who died recently.
"This incident must serve as a lesson to us all.
“I have asked the Royal Malaysian Police and the Pahang Fire and Rescue Department to meet the owners or operators of tahfiz centres (here) to gather vital information to safeguard the safety of students," he said.
Tengku Abdullah was speaking to the media after officiating an Al-Quran class graduation ceremony here, this afternoon.
His highness’ decree was prompted by the death of Thaqif, who was allegedly physically abused by an assistant warden at a religious school in Johor.
Also present at the ceremony was Tengku Puan Pahang Tunku Azizah Aminah Mainunah Iskandariah.
Around 435 students received certificates marking their completion of the free Al-Quran reading class at today’s ceremony.