PM: Tah­fiz school tragedy could have been avoided

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Kera­mat tah­fiz school tragedy could have been avoided had the man­age­ment school not al­tered the build­ing’s floor plan ap­proved by the Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib said the build­ing was only equipped with one fire exit after an ad­di­tional wall was built.

“How­ever, we should not jump to con­clu­sions and wait for the full re­port by the po­lice, fire depart­ment and other agen­cies.”

Na­jib said Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, who is also home min­is­ter, would be chair­ing a meet­ing on Tues­day to re­view the sta­tus of tah­fiz schools na­tion­wide.

This, said the prime min­is­ter, was be­cause some schools fol­lowed the fire depart­ment’s re­quire­ments, while oth­ers had the ap­proval of the Is­lamic Re­li­gious Af­fairs Coun­cil, but did not meet the stan­dards re­quired by the fire depart­ment.

Na­jib said this after be­ing briefed on the in­ci­dent at the scene yes­ter­day night.

He was ac­com­pa­nied by his wife Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor.

The prime min­is­ter also said that a RM30 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion had been ap­proved to up­grade the phys­i­cal struc­ture of pri­vate tah­fiz schools.

“I am sad­dened by this tragedy and I of­fer my con­do­lences to those af­fected,” he said, adding that the gov­ern­ment, Umno and him­self would do­nate to the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies.

The prime min­is­ter and In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Mo­hamad Fuzi Harun later ac­com­pa­nied the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong Sul­tan Muham­mad V for a brief­ing by the author­i­ties.

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