Sabah quake: Parents of Tanjong Katong Primary pupil visit him in hospital

    -- PHOTO: SADRI FARICK/FACEBOOK 
    -- PHOTO: SADRI FARICK/FACEBOOK 

SINGAPORE - The parents of a Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) pupil injured during a Mount Kinabalu school trip have visited their son at a hospital at Kota Kinabalu.

The 12-year-old boy suffered a fractured skull and back injuries when a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Sabah on Friday. (June 5)

Mr Sadri Farick, 37, posted a picture of his son, Emyr Uzayr, on Saturday afternoon (June 6).

"Emyr Uzayr is back. Lets pray for the rest. Seeing him is the best thing in my life," wrote Mr Sadri who flew to Sabah on Saturday with his wife, as well as parents of other missing pupils from the school.

"If we were to climb to highest mountain, we will, just to save a helpless child. If only we can save the rest," he said.

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The boy is among a group of 29 pupils and eight teachers from the school who were on an overseas learning journey.

Six TKPS pupils and two teachers are still unaccounted for.

The rest will return to Singapore on Saturday.

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Three teachers will remain in Kota Kinabalu to continue working with the onsite team.

Separately, a Singaporean parent has identified the boy in a picture circulated online as her son. The picture, which was posted on several Malaysian websites and Facebook accounts, showed a rescuer carrying the boy on his back.

The parent, who posted on an education-related Facebook page, said the boy is her son from TKPS. "Thts (sic) my son from TKP... he is currently receiving treatment for his injuries... please continue to pray for the team... can nvr thk the Sabahan rangers enough for his rescue efforts," wrote the parent,who posted under the name "Sabrena El Huda".

Reports quoting the Malaysian authorities said a 12-year-old Singaporean girl was among those killed. The Education Ministry has confirmed that she is Peony Wee Ying Ping, also from the school.

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