KUALA LUMPUR – The burial of 22 of the 23 victims who perished in the fire at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah religious residential centre in Dato’ Keramat here was conducted in a sombre atmosphere with thousands of people sending them off on their final journey.
The funeral arrangement began about 6.30 pm after the bodies were brought to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital surau for prayer and then sent to the respective cemeteries decided by the next of kin for the burial at 9.30 pm.
The focus was at the Raudhatul Sakinah cemetery in Taman Batu Muda near here where 11 of the bodies, including three siblings, were buried in a common grave.
The three siblings were Muhammad Shafiq Haikal Sulaiman 13; Muhammad Hafiz Iskandar 11; and Muhammad Haris Ikhwan 10, while the others buried with them were Muhammad Taufik Hidayat Norazizan, 16; Muhammad Daniel Md Amin, 14; Muhammad Hazim Ahmad Nor, 13; Muhammad Nizammudin Nasron, 13; Ahmad Harith Adam Mohd Nor Hadi, 12; Muhammad Zatullah Roslan, 11; Amiel Asyraaf Abd Rasid, 11; and Muhammad Aidil Aqmal Mohd Zamzuri,10 tahun.
The fire, which occurred at 5.15 am, claimed the lives of 21 students and two teachers-cum wardens. – Bernama