No need finger pointing, learn from tragedy

ALOR STAR: No need to point fingers, as what is more important is lessons learnt from the tragedy.

That is the response from Zakaria Darus, 59, the grandfather of 10-year-old Muhamad Aidil Aqmal Mohamad Zamzuri, one of the victims in the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz school tragedy.

Although he is devastated upon learning that the fire was an arson attack by a group of teens, Zakaria stressed that what more important is for all quarters concerned to learn the lessons from the tragedy.

“We all already know now that the cause of the fire was arson attack, but what more important now is the important of improving safety aspect at tahfiz school.

“Another important lesson from the tragedy is that schools must comply to safety requirements set by the authorities,” he said in a phone interview.

The retired Army sergeant, who resides in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur said he was disgruntled and shocked when he first learnt that the fire was set up by a group of young children.

However, he declined to comment on suitable punishment for the perpetrators and leaving it to the authorities to decide.

“It is wiser to let the police to complete their investigation on the case and if the teenagers are found guilty for the offence, suitable punishment should be meted out on them,” he said.

Zakaria said Aidil Aqmal was one of his five grandchildren.

Aidil Aqmal was among the 21 students of the tahfiz school in Kampung Dato’ Keramat, Kuala Lumpur who perished in early Thursday fire which destroyed the hostel located on the third floor of the three-storey building.

Also killed were two hostel wardens.

Police solved the case within 48 hours of the incident after rounding up seven teenagers aged between 11 and 18 in Keramat area.

Investigation revealed that three of the teenagers were directly involved in the attack, which was triggered by misunderstanding with some of the school students.

Meanwhile, Aidil Aqmal’s great-granduncle Baha’udin Ahmad, 70, from Pendang said there was no excuse for the culprits to resort to such an act.

“There is no excuse for what they have done, no matter what the misunderstanding was between them and the students,” he said.

Baha’udin said he is planning to travel to Kuala Lumpur soon to visit the family.

He said, the last time he met up with them was during the Aidilfitri celebration in June.



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