The Sabah earthquake has shaken more than the country. Singaporeans are stunned by the tragedy that struck a primary school expedition, which left six 12-year-old students and a teacher from Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) dead. Operations are still underway to locate TKPS student Navdeep Singh Jaryal S/O Raj Kumar, and teacher Mohammad Ghazi bin Mohamed.
The students lost to the quake have been identified as Peony Wee Ying Ping, Ameer Ryyan bin Mohd Adeed Sanjay, Emilie Giovanna Ramu, Matahom Karyl Mitzi Higuit, Rachel Ho Yann Shiuan, and Sonia Jhala. The bodies of teacher Loo Jian Liang Terrence Sebastian and Singaporean adventure guide Muhammad Daanish bin Amran were also identified.
The students who made it safely home are also reeling from the loss of their friends.
“We are keeping an eye on our child to look out for any signs of stress that was caused by trauma,” said Mr Wing to TODAY, parent to one of the expedition survivors, Tristan. “For those who have (died), we feel their (families’) pain. We don’t think any parent should go through that.”
Today, Singapore will observe a day of mourning in rememberance for those who lost their lives to the quake. The national flag will be flown at half mast, and a moment of silence will be observed at the start of the day at all SEA Games venues. On social media, netizens have been banding together with the hashtag #PrayForTKPS to show their grief for the students that lost their lives, and the primary school that has been struck hard by this tragedy.
— mrbrown (@mrbrown) June 7, 2015
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— ✨ TaufiqFaezah ✨ (@taufiqfaezah) June 7, 2015
omg #prayfortkps they’re just primary school students 🙁
— コデッテ (@imcosetteee) June 6, 2015
For those who wish to pay their respects to the victims of the earthquake, a tribute corner has been set up at Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) for the public to express their condolences.
We at Vulcan Post are grieved by this news, and our thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff, and parents of the quake victims.