Sabah quake: 'We want to help guides'

Sabah quake: 'We want to help guides'
GOOD MEMORIES: Miss Poh Huili and friends with their mountain guides Cornelius Sanan (in green T-shirt) and Mr Tumas (in green jacket) at Mount Kinabalu a week before an earthquake rocked the mountain.

Kinabalu Tragedy

When Miss Poh Huili read the earthquake reports in The New Paper, she immediately felt she needed to help.

Just a week before the disaster, she and six friends had climbed Mount Kinabalu under Sabahan guide Cornelius Sanan, who had helped the injured in the tragedy.


Miss Poh, 29, who works in a marketing role, said: "Cornelius and Tumas, our two guides, were reliable, encouraging, caring and were pillars of support whenever the climb got too tough.

"There is no doubt they would have risked their lives to protect us if anything had happened.

"...we are thankful and wanted them to know they have people who remember."

Miss Poh and her group of friends are hoping to collect at least $350 to send Mr Cornelius' way to help during this time when the guides do not know when they can next work.

As they had rushed off after making it down the mountain, they had missed taking down Mr Cornelius' number.

She e-mailed TNP to find out how she could reach him and send the money.

"We were very worried when we heard about the earthquake... We are glad they are safe."

This article was first published on June 14, 2015.
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