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HENG SWEE KEAT NEEDS TO RESIGN FOR TKPS KINABALU MISADVENTURE

With regards to your message in response to tragedy at Mt. Kinabalu. It cannot be more appropriate than now to send you this open letter, being the first day of a new school term, and considering how painful especially today for the parents of those 12-year old kids who had lost their lives in the tragic trekking trip at Mount Kinabalu on 5th June 2015.

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FATHER OF TKPS VICTIM DONATES ALL FUNERAL DONATIONS TO SABAH MOUNTAIN GUIDES

The family of 12-year-old Rachel Ho, one of the faces of the Sabah quake tragedy, will be channelling all donations from her wake to Malaysian mountain guides who helped the staff and students after the disaster. "The money would go a long way for the Malaysian guides who now have no income and still have families to feed. It is our way of thanking them for risking their lives to help the students and teachers of Tanjong Katong Primary School after the disaster," he added.

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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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KIND ELDERLY SNACK BAR AUNTIE OFFERED "FREE" DRINKS TO TKPS VOLUNTEERS

Our order was very complicated, with fourteen drinks on it. I offhandedly mentioned that this was for the volunteers at TKPS, to explain why we were ordering so much. Once the elderly auntie who ran the bar prepared our drinks, she declared them all free of charge. My friend and I balked at the offer, insisting that she accept the $50 that we had brought as a token if not payment. Instead, the auntie took only $6, calling it a lucky number. $6 for at least $20 worth of drinks.

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LETTER TO PARENTS WHO LOST THEIR CHILDREN ON MOUNT KINABALU

You are living out the reality of our biggest collective fear as parents. I lose sight of my child for one moment in the playground and I can barely breathe; the very idea that I may not lay my eyes on her again leaves me paralyzed. You have had your children taken from you so tragically, so suddenly. This is perhaps the darkest a parent’s life can get. And I know that perhaps, at this moment, you are not ready for our condolences, our sympathies, our solidarity. But I want you to know that you do not mourn alone.

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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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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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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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