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Five months on, audit of donations to tahfiz school with deadly fire still pending

Mohd Zahid Mahmod (left) said he was unsure of the audit's status. ― Bernama picMohd Zahid Mahmod (left) said he was unsure of the audit's status. ― Bernama picPUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 — An audit of public contributions to the Pusat Tahfiz Darul Ittifaqiyah school where 23 people died in a fire last September is still incomplete, the principal conceded today.

Mohd Zahid Mahmood told Malay Mail he was also unsure of the audit's status now.

“That is from our auditors,” he said, after confirming that the audit was not finalised.

“Wallahualam (Only God knows), because that is the auditor’s job,” he said, when asked if the process would be done within 2018.

Mohd Zahid was attending an event where Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi delivered fire safety equipment to tahfiz schools today.

On Sept 14 last year, 23 people were killed after the school was intentionally set on fire. They had been trapped on the third floor of the hostel building.

A week later, Mohd Zahid revealed that the school received nearly RM1 million in donations,.

Last October, a representative of the school said private auditors would be hired to vet the donations for distribution to the victims' families, and reportedly said this would be done in a fortnight.

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