KUALA LUMPUR: The federal Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) wants all parents who send their children to tahfiz to contact the department to check on the safety status of their schools.
It is also issuing an order today to all state FRDs to conduct checks on all tahfiz schools in their respective jurisdictions.
Its deputy director-general Datuk Soiman Jahid said the measures are being taken to prevent fire tragedies involving religious schools from recurring. The latest incident here yesterday saw 23 people perish in a 5am blaze.
"We are going to issue an order to all state FRDs by today to inspect all tahfiz schools in their respective states.
"We want all parents who have children in tahfiz schools, or are sending them to one, to contact us to find out if the schools are adhering to all safety regulations as required by law.
"We want to ensure that we do not overlook tahfiz schools that are not registered with the authorities. This will enable us to conduct thorough inspections," he told the New Straits Times today.
On Thursday, an early morning fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school in Jalan Keramat Hujung, Dato' Keramat here saw 21 students aged between 6 and 17, and two teachers killed.
Initial investigations revealed that the victims were trapped inside the third floor of the three-storey building, which windows were fitted with grilles that could not be opened from the inside, while access to an alternative staircase was blocked by illegal partitions.
The department also found that the premises did not have fire prevention equipment.