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77 finnerpeace Absolutely horrific. So for those who don't know, pretty much EVERY window in Malaysia has bars/grills on it to deter break-in. Especially in residences and shoplots. So I'm wondering, how do you normally exit through a window in case of fire, Malaysian folk? I don't recall seeing anything to remove the grills from the inside in all the places I lived. Was something done explicitly wrong with these windows, or could this happen anytime? I do remember that there are two kinds of grills: one is fixed in place and unremovable without screwdrivers and good luck, and the other (newer?) has segments that slide and lock. Is this what went wrong? Are sleeping areas supposed to have the sliding/locking type, but this had instead the so-common fixed grills? Also I'm wondering what the heck burned like that. The buildings are usually cement with tile floors. Not wooden structures like a lot of other tragic fires. It appears to have been a super-hot fire, though, to warp the beds like that. What was the fuel?
176 upandrunning People pissing about government regulation should read this story. Generally, regulation is there to *protect* people from the stupidity, carelessness, and selfishness of others.
54 obidie >The disaster has renewed calls for greater scrutiny of so-called “tahfiz” schools, where students learn to memorize the Quran. They are unregulated by the education ministry, being the responsibility of the religious department. Their curricula should be the only responsibility of the religious department. Their structures should be the responsibility of whatever government department is responsible for defining and enforcing *building codes*.
48 LazyBriefcase Poor kids. This hit me hard. Always have a fire escape plan.
4 wacokjacko Such a heartbreaking situation, what can one say about such devastating loss.
2 SkiddChung Normally when installing window grills, we have an option to add in an escape door. Which can be locked and the key is normally kept within reach in the room itself. Looks like in this case there isn't a door.
6 willeatformoney Heads need to roll, the entire team responsible for the fire safety of this school needs to go to jail. What does this show about the building safety and fire code departments?