Seven teens arrested in school fire that killed 21 kids

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Picture Credit: Video grab of KL Police Chief at the Press Conference

Police have confirmed the arrest of seven teenage boys in connection with the fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah school, which claimed the lives of 21 students and 2 warden, early Thursday, reported The Star.

The police said the attack was prompted by “mocking”.

“The motive was to cause a fire,” Amar said at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur tonight.

Kuala Lumpur Police chief Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh, when contacted, confirmed The arrest, confirmed by Kuala Lumpur Police chief Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh is a breakthrough in the case.

However, the report on the arrest of the seven boys went viral  over social media on Saturday.

TISG publishes the WhatsApp message that has been circulating in Malaysia below in Malay.

The 5.15 am fire at the Tahfiz school resulted in the death of 21 students and two teachers.

Six others students sustained injuries.

The WhatsApp message circulating in Malaysia says the fire that ravaged the Islamic school dormitory was a criminal act.

The message published here in Malay (see below) says 7 boys aged between 18 and 12 were arrested for causing the fire in an act of vengeance.

According to the message – which has a police report (Case) number – says the boys planned the attack on the dorm in the night and at least two of them were caught on CCTV near the school and one of them seen climbing a wall leading to the school.

The report lists the names of the culprits, their Malaysian ID numbers and indicates why they plotted the mass murder.

It is said they were berated by the school students after they were caught smoking pot in a field or river behind the school.

According to The Star, six of the seven teenagers arrested in connection with the deadly fire at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah school have tested positive for ganja.

The Malaysian police earlier said they arrested two boys who were seen on CCTV.

The fire ravaged the top floor of the school and police today said (according to media reports) they found traces of petrol at the entrance of the dorm.

Based on the WhatsApp message, two of the boys were given the duty to buy the fuel in a can before they carried out their revenge after some of them met at a restaurant near the School.

If they are tied to the fire, the death of the 23 students and warden would amount to mass murder, an act rarely seen in Malaysia.

Here is the message in Malay:

ASALAMUALAIKUM DAN SALAM SEJAHTERA TUAN.

*KRONOLOGI KES KEBAKARAN DI PUSAT TAHFIZ DARUL QURAN ITTIFAQIYAH DATO KERAMAT, KL*

NO REPOT: JTR RPT: 6629/17
TARIKH: 14/09/17 MASA: 0652 HRS
SEK 435 KK & SEK 302 KK
IO: ASP MOHD FAUZI BIN MOHD SHARIFF

MANGSA:
23 KEMATIAN (21 PELAJAR DAN 2 WARDEN)
07 CEDERA (PELAJAR)

*TANGKAPAN*
1) NAMA: MUHAMMAD ADLI SHAH BIN MOHD YUSRY (ADLI)
NO.KPT:017071-14-XXXX
UMUR : 16 TAHUN

2) NAMA: MUHAMMAD ARIF FIRDAUS BIN JURAINI (JUPEM)
NO.KPT :001012-14-XXXX
UMUR : 16 TAHUN

3) NAMA: MOHAMAD SHAH RULNIZAM IKMAL BIN SHAFI-IN (SHAHRUL)
NO.KPT :990717-03-XXXX
UMUR : 18 TAHUN

4) NAMA: AEMAN DANEAL BIN ABU BAKAR (AIMAN)
NO.KPT :001012-14-XXXX
UMUR : 17 TAHUN

5) NAMA: EMRAN FAZLEY BIN ABU BAKAR (DEBAB)
NO.KPT :011122-14-XXXX
UMUR : 16 TAHUN

6) NAMA: MUHAMMAD SHAHRIZAL BIN ABDUL RAHIM (IJAL)
NO.KPT : 020422-14-XXXX
UMUR : 15 TAHUN

7) NAMA: MOHD FARHAN BIN ZUBIR (ADIK)
NO.KPT : TIADA
UMUR : 12 TAHUN

PUNCA KEJADIAN: SELISIH FAHAM ANTARA PELAJAR SEKOLAH TAHFIZ DENGAN SEKUMPUL (5) LELAKI MELAYU (OKT)

*FAKTA KEJADIAN*

BEBERAPA HARI SEBELUM KEJADIAN BERLAKU PERSELISIHAN ANTARA PELAJAR SEKOLAH TAHFIZ DENGAN ADLI, JUPEM, SHARUL , AIMAN, DAN DEBAB. OKT-OKT MEMAKLUMKAN MEREKA TELAH DIEJEK DAN TIDAK BERPUAS HATI DAN INGIN MEMBALAS DENDAM. SHAHRUL DAN JUPEM BERPAKAT UNTUK MEMASUKI PUSAT TAHFIZ BERKENAAN UNTUK MENCURI HANDPHONE DIDALAM ASRAMA PUSAT TAHFIZ ITU.

PADA PAGI 14/09/2017 JAM LEBIH KURANG 02:30 HRS KESEMUA OKT TELAH BERKUMPUL DI KEDAI MINUM CEK MEK MOLEK BERSEBELAHAN PEJABAT PPIM DAN TELAH BERBINCANG UNTUK MEMBAKAR SEKOLAH TERSEBUT BAGI MEMBALAS DENDAM. SETELAH ITU SEMUA TELAH BEREDAR.

PADA 14/09/17 JAM LEBIH KURANG 04:00 HRS SHAHRUL BERSAMA ADLI PERGI MEMBELI MINYAK PETROL DI STESEN MINYAK PETRON DAMAI DAN MENGISI MINYAK PETROL DIDALAM SEBOTOL AIR MINERAL YANG BESAR.

PADA 14/09/17 JAM LEBIH KURANG 04:30 HRS TELAH BERKUMPUL KEMBALI DIPADANG BELAKANG PUSAT TAHFIZ TERSEBUT. IJAL DAN ADIK TELAH NAMPAK ADLI MEMEGANG SEBOTOL MINYAK PETROL DIPERCAYAI UNTUK MEMBAKAR PUSAT TAHFIZ TERSEBUT. ADIK TELAH MEMANJAT MEMASUKI PEJABAT PPIM KERANA MAHU TIDUR.

PADA 14/09/17 JAM LEBIH KURANG 04:40 HRS ADLI BERSAMA SHAHRUL DAN JUPEM TELAH MEMASUKI PUSAT TAHFIZ MELALUI PINTU BELAKANG UNTUK MEMBAKAR PUSAT TAHFIZ TERSEBUT MANAKALA AIMAN DAN DEBAB MENUNGGU DILUAR PAGAR SEBELAH BELAKANG PUSAT TAHFIZ. SELEPAS ITU, SHAHRUL DAN JUPEM MENDAPATI PINTU MASUK BILIK ASRAMA BERKUNCI DAN TIDAK DAPAT DIBUKA, LALU ADLI BERSAMA SHAHRUL DAN JUPEM KELUAR SEMULA DAN TELAH TURUN KE TINGKAT 1 DAN MENGAMBIL SEBUAH TILAM DAN MELETAKKAN KE PINTU MASUK ASRAMA DITINGKAT 2, SELEPAS ITU ADLI, SHAHRUL DAN JUPEM TELAH PERGI KE KIOSK BERSEBELAHAN PEJABAT PPIM DAN TELAH MEMECAH MASUK KIOSK BERKENAAN DAN MENCURI (2) TONG GAS BERWARNA MERAH DAN HIJAU LALU MEMBAWA TONG GAS BERKENAAN NAIK KE TINGKAT 3 PUSAT TAHFIZ DAN TELAH MELETAKKAN (1) TONG GAS SECARA BERDIRI DAN (1) TONG GAS SECARA BARING MENGHALA KE PINTU ASRAMA. SHAHRUL TELAH MENCUCUK DENGAN MENGUNAKKAN LIDI DI MUNCUNG KEPALA GAS SUAPAYA GAS KELUAR MENHALAKAN KEARAH PINTU DAN ADLI TELAH MENCURAHKAN MINYAK PETROL DIHADAPAN PINTU MASUK ASRAMA HINGGA KEBAWAH DAN TELAH MENYALAKAN API MENGGUNAKAN PEMETIK API SETERUSNYA ADLI, SHAHRUL DAN JUPEM MELARIKAN DIRI KELUAR DARI PUSAT TAHFIZ BERKENAAN.SELEPAS ITU, AIMAN DAN DEBAB JUGA TELAH MELARIKAN DIRI MENGGUNAKAN MOTOSIKAL JENIS YAMAHA LAGENDA WARNA KELABU, ADLI MENAIKI MOTOSIKAL SUZUKI RG SPORT SEORANG DIRI DAN SHAHRUL DAN JUPEM MENGUNAKAN MOTOSIKAL YAMAHA LAGENDA WARNA HTAM BIRU MENGHALA KERUMAH MASING-MASING.

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    The religious school authorities shld be named accessories to the crime; they didn’t have the necessary fire safety permits.
    What kinda monsters r they using religion to make $$ without taking care of the students’ safety?
    http://www.tnp.sg/news/world/lack-regulation-sparks-outrage-widow-loses-three-sons-school-blaze
    {Cases like this have led to mounting calls for stronger regulation of religious schools.
    Officials in Malaysia said there have been 31 similar incidents in the past, but the fire at the tahfiz school – where students learn to memorise the Quran – was the worst in 20 years.
    But The Star reported that 1,034 fires have occurred in registered and unregistered religious schools from August 2015 to last month…..
    The authorities said the school made structural changes to the building and had not secured a clearance from the fire department, Reuters reported. The school denied this.
    Malaysia provides a secular education system, but growing conservatism has led to a boom in the number of Islamic religious schools, most of which are privately run.
    Inadequate regulation and training have led to a slew of safety issues at such schools, including reports of fires, abuse and student deaths, religious leader Mohamad Asri Zainul Abidin said.}

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    6 out of the 7 tested positive for drugs. They are NOT students of the school. These devils totally blocked the doorway and corridor with mattress and use 2 gas cylinders. They even practice puncturing the gas cylinder and then setup to block the doors of the bedroom where they hafiz students were sleeping. This is MURDER, it’s no longer a simple arson case.

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