Sabah quake: SEA Games athletes, ministers, students and public visit condolence site at Tanjong Katong Primary School

SINGAPORE - More flowers and condolence notes have been put up at Tanjong Katong Primary School located at 10, Seraya Road.

The well-wishing site at TKPS has been up since Sunday and will be open till Thursday (June 11), from 10am to 7pm daily.

Ministers, students, parents and the public turned up to write messages for the six pupils and teacher who lost their lives while climbing Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia, when a 6.0-magnitude quake struck Sabah on June 5. A student and a teacher from TKPS are still missing.

On Tuesday afternoon, more athletes from Team Singapore turned up as the current South-east Asia Games go on in Singapore till June 16.

The Young Lions football team visited. Led by their coach Aide Iskandar, team members pinned a white shirt bearing the words "We are with you TKPS" onto one of the condolence boards, and signed their names on it. They also wrote messages for the affected families.

A teary-eyed Aide said his eldest son, 14, is a former student of TKPS and his youngest son, 11, is a Primary 6 pupil there. He is personally affected by the tragedy as he knew the missing teacher, Mr Mohammad Ghazi Mohamed, who had attended one of his coaching classes.

Six players from Singapore's table tennis teams also arrived on Tuesday afternoon to pen their condolence messages.

They 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 chief executive Wong Hui Leng. Ms Lee told reporters one of her grandsons is a classmate of the victims and often played football with Ameer Ryyan Mohd Adeed Sanjay, 12, who was buried on Monday.

On Monday afternoon, President Tony Tan Keng Yam visited the site with his wife Mrs Mary Tan, and also put up their condolence note.

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam also visited on Monday afternoon to pen a handwritten note among the many other condolence messages. Education Minister Heng Swee Keat had himself visited earlier (see video further below).

 

Visitors at the school included current and former pupils, their parents and members of the public.

Among them was IT manager David Soh, 38, who visited the school before heading to work.

"I couldn't sleep last night, so I thought of coming down today" he said.

"It is unfortunate that the pupils lost their lives. They were so young.

"Those who are suffering need not be alone in their struggles. Their fellow Singaporeans are behind them."

For people who wish to write tribute messages to Mr Muhammad Daanish Amran, the adventure guide who died along with TKPS' six pupils and a teacher in the Sabah earthquake, they can visit First Toa Payoh Secondary School (FTPSS).

A condolence site at his alma mater was set up on Monday and will be opened till Friday (June 12) and next Monday (June 15) between 9am and 6pm.