Sabah quake: National paddlers visit TKPS condolence site

Bouquets of flowers that were left by hundreds of parents, pupils, alumni and staff at a condolence site in the school porch of Tanjong Katong Primary School on June 8, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE 
Bouquets of flowers that were left by hundreds of parents, pupils, alumni and staff at a condolence site in the school porch of Tanjong Katong Primary School on June 8, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE 

SINGAPORE - Six players from Singapore's table tennis teams for the SEA Games arrived at Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) on Tuesday afternoon to pen condolences messages for the victims of last Friday's earthquake in Sabah.

The team arrived at 320pm and were led by president of Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) Ellen Lee, who is also a Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC, as well as coach Jing Junhong and STTA CEO Wong Hui Leng.

Paddler Clarence Chew said the men's and women's table tennis teams were shocked and saddened by the eight Singaporean deaths.

"Hopefully the families of the victims will stay strong and pull through this tough time," he said.

The paddlers had won the men's and women's team events last night, earning the table tennis team's fifth and sixth gold medals of the SEA Games.

Ms Lee told reporters that her family has close ties to the school, with her husband sitting as TKPS advisory committee chairman and several of her grandchildren having studied or are studying in the school.

She said that one of her grandsons is a classmate of the victims and often played football with Ameer Ryyan Mohd Adeed Sanjay, 12, who was buried yesterday. The boy also sat next to another victim, Rachel Ho, and was trying to cope with his loss, she said.

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