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Thursday, 14 September 2017 | MYT 5:59 PM

Religious school fire: Government to bear all funeral costs

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will bear all funeral costs of the victims in the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz school fire in Jalan Datuk Keramat.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi made the commitment after visiting the victims' families during the identification process at the forensic unit in Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) on Thursday.

"We will take care of the process right up to their burials as our way of expressing our sympathies to the families," he said.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said the victims' families as well as those who survived the disaster would be given psychological support to help them cope with the trauma of losing their family and friends.

He said he would personally monitor similar institutions to ensure that they adhere to safety standards.

"I concur with Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam that we need to set up a taskforce immediately to investigate this tragedy.

It shouldn't have to wait until the next Cabinet meeting on Wednesday," he said.

He said the taskforce also aims to lay out future preventive measures to ensure the tragedy is not repeated.

"I will personally lead the taskforce and we shouldn't allow this incident to happen to other learning centres," he said, adding that there are about 50,000 tahfiz students nationwide.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said a thorough investigation into the cause of the fire is being carried out and a complete report will be sent to the Cabinet.