A former Raffles Institution (RI) discipline master and teacher had gone on a visit to Malaysia’s Tioman island more than a week ago.

83 year-old Mr Tan Kim Cheng was on a 3 night voyage with Star Cruises when his ship docked at the island on Monday last week, at around 7AM, for an excursion.

Although passengers were told to return by 3PM, Mr Tan, who was travelling alone, never showed up and the alarm was raised.

A search involving 50 Malaysian police officers and volunteers started during daylight hours.

After a search of 10 days, search teams found a body lodged between rocks last Wednesday.

Yesterday, Mr Tan’s sister, Madam Irene Tan, told the media: “We learnt late (Saturday) afternoon that the badly decomposed body had been positively identified as my brother’s.”

Mr Tan’s eldest son went to Kuantan to identify the body last week, and brought it back to Singapore.

At the wake yesterday, family members requested space to grieve, and declined to comment further.

Many former students were there to say their last goodbyes to the man they had known fondly as “Captain Tan”.

From 1963 to 1987, he taught humanities at RI, and was in charge of its National Cadet Corps (NCC).

He was a fixture at RI – known for his “stern discipline, booming voice, kind heart and unswerving dedication to the school”.

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