LAST_UPDATEThu, 19 Jul 2018 11pm

Please Don't Share Photographs Of Victims And Videos From Last Night's Tahfiz School Fire Tragedy

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This morning, Malaysians were shocked and mortified by the news of the fire that occured at the Pusat Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah which is located at Datuk Keramat.

In the sadness and grief that all Malaysians share, perhaps some Malaysians took leave of their common sensibilities, and started sharing pictures and videos of the incidents, and even worse, the victims of the incident.

As a reminder for every Malaysian not to spread pictures or videos of the victims of the unfortunate fire in heart-wrenching conditions, the Fire and Rescue Department Malaysia (JBPM) took to Twitter to advise people against spreading the pictures and videos of the victims of the unfortunate fire.

In their Twitter update, JBPM reminded everyone to not spread pictures or videos of the victims, and be more responsible when sharing news.

The spread of pictures and videos also got the attention of a lecturer from Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM), Ustaz Abdullah Bukhari Abdul Rahim who uploaded a status on his Facebook calling for everyone to stop sharing the pictures of the victims through social media.

According to Ustaz Abdullah Bukhari, the pictures of the victims are spread through various social medias, including WhatsApp.

"Please think of how the victim's family feels. How would you feel if the victims are our own children. Are you still willing to share the pictures? If you're not, then don't share," Ustaz Abdullah wrote on a Facebook status today.

He also urged the people who have shared the pictures and the videos of the victims to delete it.

The issue also garnered the attention of the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology's President, Dr Zubaidah Jamil Osman.

She advised everyone to be more sensitive towards the feelings of the family's victims. She said that any video clips and pictures that are spread can cause trauma and emotional distress among the victim's family, especially in these harrowing times.

"I humbly ask for other group members to not forward the video of the incident to any other groups.

"The Psych team of HKL are now carrying out Psychological First Aid (PFA) for survivors of the incidents, and close relatives," she said in a statement, today.

As of the time of writing, it has been reported that the fire happened at about 5.30am and the number of fatalities from the fire is up to 24 people, which comprises of 22 students and 2 wardens.

24 of the victims were found on the top floor, and the bodies were badly burnt.

The Deputy Director of the Fire and Rescue Department Kuala Lumpur, Abu Obaidah Mohamad said that the fire was believed to have started from a door that was in the middle of the hostel, reported Berita Harian.

It is believed that the fire was caused by a short circuit.

Once again, we at Malaysian Digest would like to remind all Malaysians to be more sensitive, and not spread any pictures or videos of the incident.