Mount Kinabalu

MOE: ROUTE TAKEN BY TKPS CLIMBERS WAS "SIMPLER"

According to the Ministry of Education (MOE), the climbing trip organized by Tanjong Katong Primary School was one of several trips that the school had held for students over 7 years. It also clarified that the route taken by the students was a "simpler" route that was "less steep".

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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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ANG MOH: STOP BLAMING US FOR CAUSING MT KINABALU EARTHQUAKE

I'm frankly getting quite p*ssed off with the level of dumbassery in Malaysia because of this whole "naked-on-the-mountain" fiasco. They're saying because some foreigners ran around on top of the mountain without their underwear on, the spirit of the mountain got angry and retaliated by causing a f**king massive earthquake. A bunch of dudes and kids died, and so now they're saying that the big bad white tourists should be held responsible.

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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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BLOOD ON MOE & TKPS PRINCIPAL'S HANDS FOR APPROVING OMEGA CHALLENGE 2015

Its convenient for the authorities to classify this tragedy as a 'natural disaster', and easy for MOE and Mr Heng to say "give full support to students and family" and downplay the long-term damage by claiming "students are a little shaken, but otherwise they are fine". However a few pertinent questions inadvertently come to mind, and an independent COI needs to be conducted:

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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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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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