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Najib Conveys Condolences To MCA Leader Over Fire Tragedy

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KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has expressed his condolences to Tanjong MCA Youth chief Lim Swee Bok over the death of his four family members in a fire at their house in Pangkalan Weld, Penang, today. “No words can truly describe the tragic loss of Lim Swee Bok’s family. Heartfelt condolences and…

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Family Of 4 Perish In George Town Fire

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  GEORGE TOWN – The charred remains of four members of a family including two children were recovered at a house that was razed early this morning at Pintasan Cecil 5, Pengkalan Weld here. The bodies of two women and a girl were found in the living room while that of a boy was found…

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Sarawak PAS Commissioner Suffers Burns In House Fire

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MIRI – Sarawak PAS commissioner Jofri Jaraiee, 50, suffered burns on his legs in a fire outbreak at his two-storey house in Kampung Luak Bay, here, at 1am today. Jofri, who is receiving treatment at Miri Hospital, said he was injured while trying to save his father, ​Jaraiee Marhaban, in his 80’s, who was trapped…

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California Wildfires: 3 Malaysian Families Evacuated

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PUTRAJAYA – Three Malaysian families have been evacuated by local authorities and reported to be safe following wildfires in the northern and southern part of California on Sunday (Oct 8), according to Wisma Putra. “No injuries have been reported,” it said in a statement here today. More than 20,000 residents have been evacuated following the…

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3 Houses Damaged In Fire Kg. Batu Dua Sungai Petani

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SUNGAI PETANI – Three houses were damaged in a fire which broke out in Kampung Batu Dua near Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Min Terk near here last night. Sungai Petani Fire and Rescue Station operation commander Mohd Ridzuan Nut Jamudin said the station received a distress call at 11.49 pm and firemen arrived at…

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Jalan Bukit Kemuning Fire Destroys Lorries, Trailers

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SHAH ALAM – Seven 10-tonne lorries and two trailers owned by a box manufacturer which were parked in front of a factory in Jalan Bukit Kemuning here were destroyed in a fire early today. Selangor Fire and Rescue Department, station and operation management branch chief Alimaddia Bukri said the blaze was already raging when firefighters…

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Eleven Killed In Eastern China House Fire

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Shanghai – Eleven people died when a blaze engulfed two houses early Monday in an eastern China city prone to fatal fire disasters, the government said. The fire broke out shortly after midnight in the city of Taizhou in Zhejiang province, and left two other people hospitalised in serious condition, a local government statement said.…

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Tahfiz Centre’s New Premises To Be Operational Early Next Year

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  KUALA LUMPUR – The new premises of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah residential religious school in Jalan Keramat Hujung here, which was previously scheduled to be operational in October, will only be opened early next year. Its principal Mohd Zahid Mahmood said the postponement was due to the improvement works to meet with several safety…

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Tahfiz Fire Survivors’ Families Request Privacy

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KUALA LUMPUR- The families of the Darul Quran Ittifaqyah tahfiz school fire survivors have asked the media and members of the public not to invade their privacy. Kuala Lumpur Hospital director Datuk Dr Zaininah Mohd Zain said the victims’ family members conveyed the request through the hospital’s management. “The families, whose children are currently being…

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Does Not Believe Death Penalty Appropriate Sentence

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KUALA LUMPUR- ‘I believe there is no need to criticise the parents (of the suspects), as no one would want their children to commit this act,’ said Norazizan Abd Razak, 46, a father of one of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school fire victims. His son, Taufik Hidayat Norazizan, 16, was among the 23 people…

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Forensics Team Arrives For 2nd Investigative Sweep

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KUALA LUMPUR- A police forensics team arrived at the gutted Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz centre at 10.05am today. Soon upon arrival, a member of the 15-personnel team provided a media briefing and explained that they were planning another sweep of the burnt-out scene. “We ask the media and the public to stand back, because we…

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Family Agree To KL Burial Alongside Fallen Classmates

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ALOR STAR- The family of one of the students who perished in the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz school in Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur yesterday has agreed for his remains to be laid to rest alongside the other victims. The granduncle of 10-year-old victim Muhamad Aidil Aqmal Mohamad Zamzuri, Baha’udin Ahmad, 70, from Pendang, Kedah said…

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Pusat Tahfiz: We Cannot Confirm It Is Him – Family

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KUALA LUMPUR- The next-of-kin of one of the young victims of the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah fire found it difficult to identify his body, as it was burned beyond recognition. Noor Aini Kamarudeen, 31, the sister-in-law of victim Muhammad Haikal Abdullah, 12, said the second round of the identification process by the deceased’s mother and…

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Pusat Tahfiz: Malaysians Gather For Prayers

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KUALA LUMPUR- Malaysians from around the country and from all walks of life have been so affected by the tahfiz school fire tragedy that some have gathered to pray for the victims at the site. They gathered in front of Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school along Jalan Keramat Hujung today to visit the fire scene…

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Pusat Tahfiz: Sombre Sky Over The Cemetery

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GOMBAK: Preparations for burial plots are underway at Raudhatul Sakinah cemetery in Kampung Muda, Gombak to lay to rest 12 students of Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz school who perished in the early morning fire yesterday morning. The weather is somewhat downcast at the cemetary this morning to lend a solemn mood to the atmosphere. According…

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DNA Analysis Of Pusat Tahfiz Victims 95% Complete

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PETALING JAYA- DNA analysis of burnt victims of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz school fire is going on smoothly, and is expected to be completed this afternoon. The painstaking process is being conducted by the Department of Chemistry Malaysia, which will release the complete DNA reports on all the bodies. According to a source, the…

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Pusat Tahfiz: Hearses Arrived At HKL Mortuary

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KUALA LUMPUR- Seven hearses arrived at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) mortuary here at around 10am today. It is unclear whether their arrival indicates that the bodies of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz school fire victims will be released for burial soon. It was reported that DNA identification of the victims will only be completed…

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Mother Visited Son, Just One Day Before The Tragedy

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KUALA LUMPUR – “Mom, sometimes I perform Solat Hajat (special prayer) for you and dad, for good health,” Amiel Asyraf Abdul Rashid had told his mother Norhayati Khalid. “He always says that to me,” recalled Norhayati, when met at Kuala Lumpur Hospital mortuary today. Her son was one of the 23 victims of a pre-dawn…

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Chronology Of Fires Involving Religious Schools Since 2007

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KUALA LUMPUR – The blaze at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah residential religious school in Jalan Keramat Ujung here early yesterday, will go down in the country’s history as a fire-related incident with one of the highest death tolls in recent times. Twenty-one students and two teachers who also served as wardens died in the fire…

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Pusat Tahfiz: Police Warn Of Fake Donation Drives

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KUALA LUMPUR: The police have warned the public to be wary of donation drives for victims of the fire at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz school in Keramat here yesterday. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the public should first verify the status of any particular fundraising organisation before donating their money.…

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Pusat Tahfiz: Bodies To Be Released Today Afternoon

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KUALA LUMPUR- The bodies of 23 victims who perished in a fire at a religious school in Taman Seri Keramat are only expected to be released from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital forensics unit on Friday afternoon after a post-mortem. The next-of-kin, who is believed to have arrived as early as 8am at the mortuary, were…

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Pusat Tahfiz: Two Victims Still In Critical Condition

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KUALA LUMPUR- As of 9pm, six victims of yesterday’s Keramat tahfiz school fire are still being treated at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital. Two of the victims were reported to be in critical condition, including an 11-year-old student, while the rest are recuperating at regular wards. Those in critical condition at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit…

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King Deeply Saddened By Pusat Tahfiz Fire Tragedy

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KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V has expressed his sadness over the fire tragedy at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school in Kampung Datuk Keramat here this morning in which 21 students and two teachers were killed. In a statement issued today, Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja Istana Negara, Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Ab…

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All Schools Should Be Registered

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry wants all types of schools to be placed under its purview, which will allow certification of fitness for buildings and facilities. Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said it was compulsory for every school under the ministry to receive safety approval from the fire and rescue department as well as…

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Ustaz Weeps Over Tahfiz Victim’s Bodies

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KUALA LUMPUR- A police truck transporting the bodies of 14 victims of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz fire arrived at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) mortuary here at 10.40am. It is understood that another truck is on the way. Ustaz Hoslan Hussin was seen outside the mortuary, sobbing over the sheet-covered bodies as he read…

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Blaze Triggered By Short Circuit Or Mosquito Coil

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KUALA LUMPUR: Firemen who had responded to the tahfiz school fire in Datuk Keramat made a heartwrenching discovery, finding students’ charred remains piled on top of each other. Fire and Rescue Department deputy director-general Datuk Soiman Jahid said the remains were found at several locations, all near windows at the third floor of the religious…

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Pusat Tahfiz: ‘Father, Little Brother Is Gone’

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KUALA LUMPUR: “I’ve lost a son. But Allah has saved another,” said Nasron Mat Yusof, 46. He is the father of Mohd Nizamuddin, 13, who is one of at least 25 people who died in a fire at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz Centre in Datuk Keramat here this morning. Nasron told Berita Harian that…

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Pusat Tahfiz Did Not Have Fire Exit

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz Centre in Datuk Keramat, which was destroyed in a morning blaze today killing at least 23 students and 2 wardens, did not have a fire exit, said Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department Deputy director Abu Obaidat Mohamad Saithalimat. He said they are investigating whether the school had…

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All Bodies Found On Second Floor Of Pusat Tahfiz

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KUALA LUMPUR- Twenty-four died in a fire at a Tahfiz school in Bukit Keramat at 5.45am this morning. Of the 24, 22 were students and and two were teachers. Six students who were found in critical condition have been sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital. City police chief Datuk Amar Singh said the fire department…

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At Least 15 Charred Bodies Recovered At Pusat Tahfiz

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KUALA LUMPUR: The blaze which destroyed the three-storey Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz Centre in Datuk Keramat here began in one of the dormitory rooms on the third floor. The room, measuring 20×40 feet, was 100 per cent damaged and littered with charred bodies, according to the Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department. As of 6.26am,…

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