TKPS Sabah quake survivor pays last respects to friends, teacher

TKPS Sabah quake survivor pays last respects to friends, teacher
Tanjong Katong Primary School student Amal Ashley Lim, 12, (left), who survived the Mount Kinabalu earthquake. She is comforted by her mother, Mdam Farhan Darlan-Lim.

She spent the whole of Monday visiting the burial and wakes of her friends and teacher who died in the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Sabah, Malaysia, on June 5.

While most children were enjoying their June school holidays, from morning till night, Amal Ashley Lim, 12, and her mother, Madam Farhan Darlan-Lim, 42, went to the funeral of Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) pupil Ameer Ryyan Mohd Adeed Sanjay, the wakes of Sonia Jhala, Rachel Ho Yann Shiuan, Emilie Giovanna Ramu, Peony Wee Ying Ping, and the wake of teacher Loo Jian Liang Terrence Sebastian.

"When I was there, I couldn't cry any more because we had cried too much," said Ashley.

She said that she was thinking: "Why must they die?"

Ashley and Sonia were best friends.

"We were best friends for two years and we've been friends for three years.

"I'll miss her voice, her laugh, her face and her presence," said Ashley.

She was also with Sonia, Rachel and Peony in the netball co-curricular activity in TKPS.

Over Tuesday and Wednesday, the Primary 6 girl hung out with her schoolmates who had survived the quake.

Said Ashley: "We don't actually talk about the Mount K thing, we talk about fun stuff."

But on Wednesday evening, Ashley, accompanied by her mother, spoke of the tragedy at Mount Kinabalu which killed 18 people. They included 10 Singaporeans, seven of whom were her schoolmates at TKPS and two teachers. One Singaporean guide was also killed. (See report above.)

Ashley was one of the first pupils on Mount Kinabalu's simplified Walk the Torq route, which is less steep than the full Walk the Torq route.

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