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Motivations of an arsonist
Akhbar Satar | 13 Oct 2017 00:30

Arson is the criminal act of deliberately setting fire to property. Since arson involves the use of fire, it can lead to loss of life, serious injuries and substantial financial and personal hardship. It is a serious crime and the punishment is severe.

Last month, the nation was rocked by the tragedy of the fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Tahfiz School in Kampung Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur. The fire which killed 23 pupils and two school wardens has been described as the country’s worst fire disaster in 20 years.

According to statistics from the Fire and Rescue Department, a staggering 211 fires at tahfiz schools have been recorded nationwide since 2015. The first three months of this year alone saw 30 reported cases with losses totalling RM1.4 mil. Local media reported there were more than 500 registered tahfiz schools nationwide but many more were believed to be unregistered.