Sabah quake: Most Singaporeans there are safe, says MFA

SINGAPORE - There were more than 100 registered Singaporeans when a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Sabah in Malaysia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) confirmed in a statement on Friday evening.

As of 7.30pm, the MFA has contacted the majority of them.

"We are glad that they are safe," an MFA spokesman said, adding that "We are doing our best to reach the Singaporeans who remain uncontactable at this point in time."

The Ministry has also depatched a Crisis Response Team to Sabah on Friday afternoon to provide consular assistance to Singaporeans.

The Ministry said its thoughts are with those affected by the earthquake. Singapore's High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur has contacted his counterparts in the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and conveyed Singapore's message of support and offer of assistance.

Singaporeans who know anyone in Sabah that may require consular assistance can contact Singapore's High Commission in Kuala Lumpur at +60-16-661 0400 or singhc_kul@sgmfa.gov.sg.

Alternatively, they may contact the MFA Duty Officer (24-hours) at 6379 8800 / 8855 or mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg."

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