Friday, October 24, 2008

Late Night Fire Tragedy in Kampung Sungai Pencala

Haji Ali Jaffar discussing with Lim Lip Eng at the scene of the fire

At least two children of a Malay family were killed in a fire that broke out at their house in Kg Sg Pencala, on the outskirts of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), yesterday. The incident took place around 10pm Thursday. The victims aged 6 and 11 years, community sources.

However, there were conflicting reports regarding the actual number of casualties. Some residents said there were three kids at the house when the accident took place. While, firemen said they found only two bodies. Cause of the fire is still being investigated by fire department’s forensic team.

Two fire-engines were at the scene when I arrived at around 11pm. Large crowd and I dispersed at about 2am.

I was informed that the scene was formerly a stronghold of Al-Arqam, a banned Islamic religious movement.

Kg Sg Pencala is the biggest Malay village in Segambut. Lately, foreigners especially Indonesians made up almost half of the population in the area, said Haji Ali Jaffar, a local Pas youth leader.

Lim Lip Eng

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