Asia Briefs: Many Islamic schools in Malaysia not fire-safe

Many Islamic schools in Malaysia not fire-safe

KUANTAN • Half of the 956 Islamic schools inspected by the Fire and Rescue Department throughout Malaysia have been found to be unsafe.

The most common offence was not having fire-safety equipment, said fire service director-general Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim. Another weakness found at these schools was the lack of exits for escaping fires, he told the media yesterday. The inspections followed a deadly fire at a tahfiz school in Kuala Lumpur last month that killed 23 people.


Taleban denies murder, rape claim by Canadian

KABUL • The Taleban yesterday rejected claims by freed Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle that his kidnappers had killed his child and raped his wife during the family's captivity, saying the woman had a "natural miscarriage". Mr Boyle and wife Caitlan Coleman were seized by the Taleban while hiking in Afghanistan in 2012, and then turned over to the group's affiliated militant Haqqani network in Pakistan. The couple and their three children born in captivity were freed last Wednesday in a Pakistani military operation triggered by US intelligence, and are now back in Canada.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe