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Minister: Tahfiz school did not have permit

 | September 14, 2017

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Noh Omar says plan submitted to fire and rescue department didn't match current design of the building.


noh-omarKUALA LUMPUR: Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Noh Omar said that the tahfiz school that caught fire early this morning did not have a valid permit from the fire and rescue department for the building to be occupied.

“The school had submitted the architectural plan to the department.

“However, the department had not given the school permission to use the building,” Noh Omar told reporters outside the school here.

He added that the plans that were submitted by the school was different from the current architectural design of the school.

However, Noh Omar said that action may not be taken against the school as they have suffered enough, with this tragic fire taking the lives of more than 20 students.

Noh Omar then advised all tahfiz schools to ensure that they have a valid permit from the fire and rescue department.

KL police chief Amar Singh had earlier been reported as saying that the police will be investigating the school over allegations the victims were staying in a building that did not have a valid permit.

Noh, who is also Selangor Umno liaison committee chief, said that the death toll has also increased with one of the six students taken to Hospital Kuala Lumpur, succumbing to his injuries.

It was reported earlier that 21 students and two wardens were killed in the early morning fire of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school in Datuk Keramat.

Kuala Lumpur fire and rescue department chief Khirudin Drahman was quoted by AFP as saying that the victims could have died due to smoke inhalation, when they got trapped in the fire.

“I think it is one of the country’s worst fire disasters in the past 20 years. We are now investigating the cause of the fire,” he said.

Tahfiz are religious schools where children study the Quran in Malaysia, where over 60% of the population of about 30 million are Muslim.

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