Religious school fire: Funeral arrangements in place for victims

  • Nation
  • Friday, 15 Sep 2017

Van carrying the remains leaving HKL.

KUALA LUMPUR: Funeral arrangements are already in place for the 23 victims of the fire in the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz in Jalan Datuk Keramat.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said they were only waiting for the National Institute of Forensic Medicine (IPFN) to release the bodies to the next of kin.

"We were told that we could only know if the DNA test procedures are completed at about 3.30pm today, but if we get early information, we will alert the families.

"Jakim, Jawi and the state religious departments of Kelantan and Perak have been contacted and they will assist in the burials," he said when met at the site of the incident on Friday.

Jamil Khir said 12 of the deceased will be buried at the Raudatul Sakinah cemetery in Gombak, one in Kelantan, another in Perak, and the rest in other cemeteries around Kuala Lumpur.

"All arrangements have been done and there will be six teams for each location to assist in the burials.

"As for families, we have put them up in two hotels in the city and we will contact them once the IPFN issues an official statement to us," he said.

On allegations of foul play, Jamil Khir urged the public not to speculate and let the forensics teams investigate and come up with their findings.

A pre-dawn fire broke out at the religious school in Jalan Datuk Keramat on Thursday, killing  21 students and two teachers.

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