MELAKA: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron has directed all relevant agencies to provide a full report on the safety status of tahfiz schools in the state.
Idris, who also holds the religious affairs portfolio, said the directive was issued to the Melaka Islamic Religious Department (Jaim), the State Education Department, the State Health Department and other departments monitoring health and safety issues.
"The report… must then be presented to the local authorities for immediate action.
"We want to take proactive and systematic action to prevent mishaps and accidents," he said.
Idris also called on the management of all maahad tahfiz schools in the state to take the safety of their students into serious account, whether they are under Jaim's supervision, or privately-owned.
Idris was responding to the devastating fire at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz school in Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur which killed more than 20 students and their wardens this morning.
He also expressed his condolences on behalf of the state government to the families of the victims.
There are an estimated 28 registered tahfiz schools, and 10 unregistered ones, operating in the state.