Tag Archives: Kinabalu

S’PORE’S MILLION DOLLAR MINISTERS MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR KINABALU TRAGEDY

Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat’s and PM Lee Hsien Loong’s public statements on the matter — despite their emotional appeal — leave much to be desired. A government’s job is to govern (i.e. to make and administer the public policy and affairs of a state). Singapore’s ministers are among the best paid in the world. Surely they can thus be expected to be responsible and be held accountable when it comes to governance.

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HEROIC TEACHERS & GUIDE SHOULD BE AWARDED S’PORE’S PINGAT KEBERANIAN (MEDAL OF VALOUR)

We now hear from the parents that the teachers and guides on Mountain Kinabalu were the true heroes. Despite their injuries and without regard for their own safety, they used their bodies to shield those children under their care. This is heroism of the highest order and sadly some have paid the ultimate price. The least we can do for those teachers and the guide should be to award them with Pingat Keberanian posthumously.

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HENG SWEE KEAT: REMEMBER OUR TEACHER’S SELFLESSNESS & CHILDREN’S BRAVE SPIRIT

All the teachers of TKPS who were on the trip gave their best to watch over our children, and they deserve our greatest respect and gratitude. Our students tell of their teachers shielding them from falling rocks, and continuing to look after them despite their own injuries. Let us remember and live up to their selflessness and courage. We must also honour our children by remembering that they have been brave, rugged and tenacious, striving to bring out their personal bests, and excited about heading ever forward together with their schoolmates. Let us remember and draw hope from our children’s spirit to be the best they can be.

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PARENT: STOP TREATING OUR CHILDREN LIKE THEY ARE MADE OF GLASS

If we follow this argument, there will be no end because what one person considers "potentially dangerous" can differ drastically from the next. Go South Korea can get Mers. Go Middle East got civil unrest. Fly over Ukraine can get shot down. Go to NZ, Japan or China can have earthquakes. Maybe that means we shouldn't go overseas. At what point do we stop treating our children like they are made of glass?

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OPPOSITION VETERAN GOH MENG SENG: BRINGING 12 YO KIDS TO CLIMB MOUNTAINS IS INSANE

Whether this accident happened or not, taking 12 year old to climb mountain and worse, cliff, is totally unacceptable by any standards. I thought I was crazy enough to bring group of 17 and 18 year old students to climb Mount Ophir but I guess I was far more prudent than these schools. As I have said, whether the Earthquake happens or not, sending 12 year old kids to climb cliff is really insane.

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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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STOP BLAMING THE TEACHERS, TKPS, MOE & GOVT OVER EVERY SINGLE THING

Some Singaporeans have been on a witch hunt, blaming TKPS, blaming the teachers, blaming MOE, blaming Heng Swee Keat and blaming the Govt for this calamity. This is a natural disaster period. I am close to one of the deceased and words cannot represent the sorrow I feel now. But as I read some comments on this tragedy, I am forced to write this, hoping to end to all the knee-jerk reactions.

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TKPS STUDENT: MY INJURED TEACHER SHIELDED ME FROM FALLING ROCKS

Student Amal Ashley Lim, 12, said keeping calm as the rocks rained down on her group near the summit saved her life. A teacher bundled her and several other students under a shallow overhang for protection. They watched helplessly as some of her other schoolmates were struck by the falling rocks. The teacher who helped her granddaughter was injured, with blood on her hands. According to her, this teacher is still in Sabah.

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AUSTRALIA CLIMBER: MALAYSIAN UNIFORMED RESCUERS WERE CLUELESS & DISORGANISED

Arriving at Laban Rata, Ms Dumlao saw uniformed rescuers milling around the "chaotic scene". "They were looking rather lost really, and it was the mountain guides who did most of the work attending to the injured, strapping people into stretchers, getting ready to take them down the mountain," she said. "The whole government emergency response was a farce."

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TKPS PARENT: I STILL FULLY SUPPORT THE SCHOOL’S KINABALU EXPEDITION

What did the students learned from such a trip? They learned to be prepared by building up their physical. They learned to look out for each other and cheered each other on when the going gets tough. Why am I writing this now? I just feel that at times like this when many families are still anxiously waiting for news of their loved ones, if we cannot say or do anything positive, let's at least not make things worse.

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