Johor Sultan instructs royal ward to be used by fire victims

Sultan Ibrahim inspecting the damage caused by Tuesday’s fire. – Pic from Instagram

Sultan Ibrahim inspecting the damage caused by Tuesday’s fire. – Pic from Instagram

JOHOR BARU: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has instructed Sultanah Aminah Hospital to use the royal ward for patients after the intensive care unit (ICU) was badly damaged in Tuesday's fire.

He said this when visiting the hospital following the incident that claimed the lives of six individuals.

Sultan Ibrahim arrived at the hospital from Mersing at 1.50pm and was briefed by various agencies and hospital staff on the incident.

Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah also visited the hospital at 12.30pm.

Meanwhile, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the incident was a lesson to state authorities to ensure that similar tragedies do not happen.

"Other buildings within the HSA grounds are safe but we will let the Fire and Rescue Department investigate the cause," he said when met at the hospital.

On whether the fire would lead to inspection of other hospitals in the state, Mohamed Khaled said the main focus was to handle the matter at hand.

He also announced an allocation of RM100,000 from the Johor Islamic Religious Council to aid all those affected by the incident.

"The state government will offer financial assistance if the need arises," he said.

Earlier, football club Johor Darul Ta'zim in a post on Facebook expressed its condolences to the families of the victims.

"May peace and strength be with the family members of the victims during this difficult time," it said.

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