Sabah quake: 8 S'pore kids, 2 teachers missing

Sabah quake: 8 S'pore kids, 2 teachers missing
The group from Tanjong Katong Primary School who went on the expedition in a picture taken on Thursday.

EIGHT pupils and two teachers from Singapore's Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) who are at Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, on an overseas learning trip remained unaccounted for last night, after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the Malaysian state yesterday.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) said last night it was continuing efforts to contact them.

It has also informed their parents and kept them updated.

The MOE had accounted for all of the other Singapore students and teachers in the area on learning trips.

These included 21 other pupils and six other teachers from TKPS, as well as two groups from Fuchun Secondary School and Greenridge Secondary School.

The MOE said arrangements had been made for the Fuchun and Greenridge groups to return to Singapore.

Similar help was being extended to the contacted TKPS pupils and teachers by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and International SOS.

Mr Sadri Farick, 37, the father of one of the TKPS pupils, said a doctor in Sabah had called and informed him that his son was injured. Mr Sadri and several parents plan to head to Sabah today.

"I understand that five children have been injured. We have been suffering for the past 13 to 14 hours," he told The Straits Times.

The MFA said there were more than 100 Singaporeans in Sabah at the time of the quake.

As of 7.30pm yesterday, it had contacted most of them and they are safe.

"We are doing our best to reach the Singaporeans who remain uncontactable at this point in time," MFA said, adding that it had dispatched a crisis response team to Sabahto provide consular assistance to Singaporeans.

Several Malaysian media outlets quoted Dr Rezlan Abdul Rahman, a climber from Pahang, as saying that he had come across a 20-year-old Singaporean woman who was dead. This information, however, could not be confirmed as of press time last night.

zengkun@sph.com.sg

Singaporeans who require consular assistance can contact the Republic's High Commission in Kuala Lumpur on +60-16-661-0400 or singhc_kul@sgmfa.gov.sg. They may also contact MFA at any time on 6379-8800 or 6379-8855, or at mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg


This article was first published on June 6, 2015.
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