Tag Archives: Disaster

SABAH CONSIDERS BARRING CHILDREN UNDER 15 FROM MT KINABALU

Sabah State Education director Datuk Jame Alip says that the state is considering only restricting children under 15 from climbing Mount Kinabalu. This comes after the tragic death of 6 children in the 5th June earthquake which claimed 16 lives. Jame says that he has spoken about this matter to Malaysian Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

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2 CANADIAN WOMEN DETAINED FOR STRIPPING ON MT KINABALU

2 female Canadian tourists, 23 year-old Lindsey Peterson and 22 year-old Danielle Peterson, were arrested and prevented from leaving Malaysia after they were identified as being part of a group of tourists who stripped themselves nude and took pictures of themselves as a sacred site on Mount Kinabalu, Sabah. Malaysian police reported that on 30th May, the two women were part of a group of 10 tourists who stripped off their clothes and posed naked at the 8KM point of a 2 day hiking trip up the mountain, which locals say is a sacred site protected by their local deity. The tourists ignored the pleas of their local guide to stop, and openly insulted the guide for trying to stop them.

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TKPS STUDENTS AND STAFF SHOULD RETURN TO SCALE MOUNT KINABALU

Let's stop the blame game. The fact is that no one would have guessed that mother nature would takeaway the lives of these young students and their teacher and guide so cruelly. I don't understand why netizens are trying to pin the blame of the Education Minister and guilt-tripping the school principal. The school has been organising such trips for 7 years with no accidents and the students have benefited immensely from the experience. But netizens did not praise them for a job well-done.

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DECEASED STUDENT PEONY WEE SAYS GOODBYE TO PARENTS IN LAST RECORDED VIDEO

Hoping to record a video for a blog documenting their Kota Kinabalu expedition, Tanjong Katong Primary School student Peony Wee and her friends set up a camera and recorded what they thought would be just another video for the journey. Little did 12 year-old Peony Wee Ying Ping know that this would be her last video and words to her parents. At the end of the video they made, Peony waved poignantly at the camera and said "bye" to her parents. Ironically, her schoolmate said aloud: "We're safe here in Malaysia lah."

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SCH TEACHER: MOUNT KINABALU IS SUITABLE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL KIDS

As I await news of the missing teachers and students (one of the missing teachers is the husband of a good friend of mine), I got rather pissed with some armchair critics who blamed this incident on the school because these armchair critics deemed the activity unsuitable for upper primary school students.

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MALAYSIA RELEASES NAMES OF VICTIMS STILL TRAPPED ON MOUNT KINABALU

The Malaysian authorities today released all 17 names of the Mount Kinabalu victims of an earthquake which struck Sabah Malaysia on Friday, which has left them still stranded on the popular climbing spot. The names of 8 Singaporeans, 6 Malaysians, and one person each from China, Philippines and Japan were posted on a notice board at a media center situated at on the foot of Mount Kinabalu. The victims from Singapore include teachers and students of Tanjung Katong Primary School, and other adult climbers.

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FATHER OF DECEASED STUDENT: I REGRET LETTING HER GO ON MT KINABALU TRIP

51 year-old Mr Wee, the father of the Singaporean student Peony Wee Ying Ping, says he regrets letting her join the school expedition to Mount Kinabalu. Peony was a primary 6 student of Tanjong Katong Primary School and among 8 students and 2 teachers who had gone missing after the earthquake struck Sabah while they were climbing. She and her peers would be sitting for their Primary School Leaving Examination in 2 months if not for the disaster.

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STUDENT SURVIVOR SAW SCHOOLMATES & FRIENDS CRUSHED TO DEATH

Tanjong Katong Primary School student survivor Emyr Uzayr does not want to close his eyes, even as he lies in a hospital bed at Gleneagles Kota Kinabalu Hospital recovering from a fractured skull and injured back. The student told his father Sadri Farick that when he closes his eyes, the images of the disaster and his friends getting hurt keep unfolding in his mind. "By closing my eyes, I keep seeing what I saw. It's so shocking and I cannot believe it." He says. Sadri says his son saw things "that I don't think I would like to describe".

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LOCAL CLIMBER: MT KINABALU IS NOT A PLACE FOR CHILDREN!

When the news first broke, I thought the Primary school pupils were there to just visit the park and not climb the mountain. When my friend confirmed with me the children were really there to climb the mountain, I was like 'What the f**k?" And when I found out they were doing the descent via Ferrata, I was 'What the flying f**k!" So don't make it sound like the trip was suitable for 12 year olds.

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