Teen suspects in religious school fire did not show ‘any sign of remorse’: NST report

People prepare graves for victims of Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah religious school fire during a burial in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia September 15, 2017.
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The suspects behind a fatal fire at religious school Darul Quran Ittifaqyah (DQI) tahfiz have been identified, but the families of their 23 victims are far from getting any closure.

Aged between 11 and 18, the seven suspects did not show “any sign of remorse” when questioned by the police, a report in New Straits Times (NST) on Sunday (Sept 17) said.

The source also reportedly told NST that the suspects simply looked down during questioning, and did not cry or show any signs of being sorry.

The same news portal reported on Sept 16 that the suspects are believed to have used cooking gas and petrol to start the fire. According to NST’s sources, the suspects are alleged to have been seeking revenge after a name-calling incident.

The early morning fire on Sept 14 killed two teachers and 21 students, including pupils as young as 6.

A video clip released online shows a man climbing a metal gate at the school two hours before the blaze.

Police called an urgent press conference on Saturday after information on the case was leaked and spread on social media. During the press conference, police confirmed that seven teenagers were remanded, and added that six of them had tested positive for drugs.

According to a report in The Star, police are also investigating how the information was leaked online.