PETALING JAYA: Leaders from both sides of the political divide have taken to social media to express their condolences over the deaths caused by the fire at a religious school in Jalan Datuk Keramat in Kuala Lumpur.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi conveyed his condolences to the families affected by the tragedy on Thursday via Twitter.
"Condolences to the families of the children of Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz that caught fire this morning. May they be blessed by Allah," he tweeted.
Dr Ahmad Zahid also visited the site of the fire, which was captured in a Facebook Live video on his page.
"Very sad to hear the news of this tragedy. Condolences to all family members of the victims," tweeted Transport Minister and MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin posted an image on his Facebook page, conveying his condolences to the families of the victims.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan expressed his condolences to the victims in a post on his Facebook page.
"I pray that all the necessary arrangements go smoothly and that the victims' families bear with this trial," he said.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor also posted his condolences and his visit to the religious school on Thursday.
"Insyallah (God willing), the local authorities, the police, the Fire and Rescue Department and all those involved will endeavour and work as hard as possible so that the remains of the victims will be identified as fast as possible," he said.
Leaders from Pakatan Harapan also expressed their sympathies over the loss on social media.
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he was sad after being "shocked with the news" about the fire.
"May Allah place his blessing upon their souls," he said in a post on his Facebook page.
PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail also expressed her sorrow on Facebook after visiting the site of the fire on Thursday.
Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said that there were "no words that could be uttered to express our sadness" upon hearing the news.
"May all of us be conferred patience in accepting fate and be given the strength to get through the coming days," he said in a statement on Thursday.
Parti Amanah Negara vice-president Hasanuddin Mohd Yunus expressed the condolences of the party in a Facebook Live video posted on the party's official Facebook page.
Calling the tragedy a test from Allah, he prayed the parents and family members would have the perseverance to overcome it.
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