KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 16 ― The teenage boy who was arrested today is not a suspect in connection with the fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Religious Residential Centre at Jalan Keramat Ujung here, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
“Yes, we have made an arrest but he is not a suspect involved in the fire and his arrest was to assist in police investigations,” he said when contacted today.
Earlier, the local media reported that police detained a tahfiz student as he was believed to have slipped out of the hostel a few hours before the fire.
The matter had also gone viral on social media raising various speculation.
Meanwhile, a staff member who chose to remain anonymous said the teenager who was taken to the scene was not a student of the centre but was believed to have been involved in a theft case at the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) office.
According to him, the PPIM building located next to the religious centre was under renovation and the theft could have occurred during the renovation.
“Prior to this there were cases of stealing from the vending machine located in front of the office” he said adding that the teenager was from the area.
“The boy is not from the religious centre as I recognise all the students of this school,” he said.
The 5.15am fire on Thursday, claimed the lives of 21 students and two teachers after they were trapped in the building. ― Bernama