Thursday, 14 September 2017 | MYT 1:20 PM
'Mom and Dad, forgive me if I had done anything wrong'
PETALING JAYA: It was just yesterday that Amiel Asyraf Abdul Rashid penned a letter to his parents telling them how much he loved them.
This morning, the 11-year-old was dead, along with 20 of his friends and two teachers after a fire broke out at about 5am at their religious school in Jalan Datuk Keramat in Kuala Lumpur.
He had given the letter to his parents who visited him on Wednesday.
"Mom and Dad, forgive me if I had done anything wrong. Amiel loves you both very much. Thank you for taking care of me all this while.
"I do not know how to repay you both. And the only way for me to do so is by studying in the tahfiz to help both you enter paradise," he had scribbled on a page of his exercise book.
Amiel Asyraf's mother, Norhayati Khalid, 42, showed the letter to reporters when she came to the school Thursday after learning of the fire.
While waiting for the results of the post-mortem and positive identification of her son, she said Amiel Asyraf could be one of the victims as his bed was located at the centre of the dormitory.
"My son used to go to school in Kelantan but I transferred him here to be closer to me," she said adding that it was Amiel's own choice to study in the tahfiz (religious school.)
The remains of the students and teachers of Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz were found in a room. The Fire and Rescue Department said they were trying to escape the fire by climbing out of a window which had fixed grilles.