A male held in connection with religious school inferno that killed 23

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KUCHING: The police have held a male in connection with the fire that killed 23 people on Thursday morning.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the person was detained on Sept 15.

According to Malay Mail reports, Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Rusdi Mohd Isa had confirmed that the Malaysian Muslim Consumer Association has handed over closed-circuit television footage from several cameras in its building, beside the school.

The police has hoped for some breakthrough through the detained male and the CCTV footage.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the suggestions and recommendations submitted by the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) set up to investigate the fire that killed 27 students at Sekolah Agama Rakyat Taufikiah Khairiah Al-Halimiah, also known as Pondok Pak Ya in Yan, Kedah, in 1989, were never implemented.

The fire at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz school (DQIT) on Thursday that had taken more than 20 young lives would have the authorities revisit recommendations by RCI on safety requirements for religious schools.