Today (Monday, 8th June) has been declared a Day of National Remembrance in Singapore for the victims of the Sabah earthquake.

According to Singaporean news outlet The Straits Times, state flags on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast and a one-minute of silence will be observed at the beginning of the day at all SEA Games venues.

Source: Astro Awani
Source: Astro Awani

On Sunday (7th June), the Prime Minister’s Office released a statement which read:


The Prime Minister is deeply saddened by the deaths of eight Singaporeans in the earthquake at Mount Kinabalu. They were one teacher and six pupils from Tanjong Katong Primary School on an overseas learning trip, plus one adventure guide. One teacher and one student are still missing.

On behalf of all Singaporeans, the Prime Minister expresses his deepest condolences and sympathies to their families and loved ones. As we grieve over the loss of these young lives, we also take heart that they were striving to stretch their limits and take on new challenges.

The Prime Minister also thanks all those who are working tirelessly in the search, rescue and recovery efforts – the Malaysian authorities, the search and rescue teams, the hospital staff, and all the officers and volunteers who are helping in one way or other in Sabah and Singapore.

Monday, 8 June 2015 will be a Day of National Remembrance. State flags on all Government buildings will be flown at half-mast. One minute of silence will be observed at the beginning of the day at all SEA Games venues.

We hope that this collective expression of sympathy and support from all Singaporeans will give solace and comfort to the families and loved ones of the victims.

On Friday (5th June), an early morning earthquake a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit near Ranau district, leaving the residents of most places in Sabah, including Ranau, Tambun, Tuaran, Pedalaman, Kota Kinabalu, and Kota Belud shaken.

At that time, immediate damages caused by the earthquake could not be immediately ascertained, but there were climbers at Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia’s highest peak.

Mount Kinabalu Tanjong Katong Primary School

Amongst the hundreds of climbers were some Malaysians, as well as 29 students and 8 teachers from Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) in Singapore. To date, 6 students and 1 teacher are confirmed to have died in the 6.0-magnitude earthquake on Friday. The Singaporean adventure guide who was with them on a field trip to Mount Kinabalu also died. Another pupil and a teacher are still unaccounted for.


The pupils who died are Peony Wee Ying Ping, Ameer Ryyan Mohd Adeed Sanjay, Emilie Giovanna Ramu, Matahom Karyl Mitzi Higuit, Rachel Ho Yann Shiuan, and Sonia Jhala.

Bouquets of flowers in memory of the victims laid on a table at Tanjong Katong Primary School (Source: Desmond Wee via The Straits Times)
Bouquets of flowers in memory of the victims laid on a table at Tanjong Katong Primary School (Source: Desmond Wee via The Straits Times)

Teacher Loo Jian Liang Terrence Sebastian and guide Muhammad Daanish Amran also died. Operations are continuing to locate pupil Navdeep Singh Jaryal s/o Raj Kumar and teacher Mohammad Ghazi Mohamed.

A full list of 18 deceased victims of the Mount Kinabalu earthquake has been posted in the search and rescue operations room.

They are as follows:

Lim Choon Seong, 45 (male)
Muhammad Logman Abd Karim, 22 (male)
Valerian Joannes, Mt Torq staff (male)
Ricky Masarin, Mt Torq staff (male)
Joseph Solugin, mountain guide (male)
Robbie Sapinggi, 30, mountain trainer (male, body recovered on Friday)

Rachel Ho Yann Shilin, 12, (female)
Sonia Jhala, 12, (female)
Emilie Giovanna Ramu, 12, (female)
Ameer Ryyan bin Mohd Aded, 12, (male)
Navdeep Singh Jayral s/o Raj Kumar, 13 (male)
Mohammad Ghazi b Mohamed, 35, (male)
Loo Jian Liang Terrence, 29 (male)
Muhammad Daanish b Amran, 22 (male)
Wee Ying Ping Peony, 12 (female, body recovered Friday)

Karyl Mitzi Higuit Matahom, 12, (female)

Ozaki Masahiro, 29 (male)

Lugi, 35 (male)

Masidi Manjun, who has been frequently updating his Twitter with information from the SAR operations, has also declared today (Monday, 8th June) a day of mourning in Sabah.

The authorities, meanwhile, have decided to shut down Mount Kinabalu to climbers for at least 3 weeks.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were affected by the tragedy.

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