Correct negative perception over student’s death, urges Pinta

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Federation of National Associations of Al-Quran Tahfiz Institutions (Pinta) has asked the police and public prosecutor to correct the negative perception and allegations suffered by a tahfiz school and its assistant warden over the death of a student.

Pinta president Mohd Zahid Mahmood said today it had been established that the student, Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi, 11, of the religious school in Kota Tinggi, Johor, had died of leptospirosis and not from injuries allegedly caused by abuse by the school’s assistant warden as widely reported in the media.

The cause of Thaqif’s death was confirmed in the statement by Director-General of Health Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah yesterday.

The boy died at the Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor Bahru on April 26.

Zahid urged the tahfiz madrasah community to continue to strive to make tahfiz schools the best platform to produce religious scholars.