Media Statements on Students in Mt. Kinabalu
Issued 6 Jun 2015, 11.00pm
“Our ground officers in Kota Kinabalu reported that Malaysian authorities have recovered more bodies today. The process of identification is still ongoing and we are unable to confirm the identities of the bodies. We are making arrangements on the ground, and supporting the families of the students and staff of Tanjong Katong Primary School in every way possible.
The body of Wee Ying Ping Peony, accompanied by her family, will be flown back tomorrow.
Another two students and one teacher, who require more medical attention in Kota Kinabalu, will return to Singapore tomorrow.
MOE and other government officials continue to be in Kota Kinabalu, to provide assistance and support to the families during this difficult period.”
Issued 6 Jun 2015, 6.35pm
“The Malaysian authorities have recovered more bodies from Kota Kinabalu today. The identities of the bodies remain to be confirmed. Our team has been in Kota Kinabalu since early afternoon, and is working closely with the Malaysian authorities.
Our priority now is to provide support to the next-of-kin in this difficult time. We will not announce the names of the unaccounted students and teachers until the next-of-kin have identified their loved ones.”
Issued 6 Jun 2015, 5.30pm
“We are deeply saddened to inform that the Malaysian authorities have retrieved the body of a 12-year-old female, which has been verified by the next-of-kin as Wee Ying Ping Peony from Tanjong Katong Primary School. MOE and other government officials are in Kota Kinabalu, and will provide assistance and support to Peony’s family during this difficult period.”
Issued 6 June 2015, 12.20pm
Another two students and one teacher, who require more medical attention, will be returning on air ambulances later today.
Three other teachers will remain in Kota Kinabalu to continue working with the onsite team and to look after the remaining student.
Of the earlier missing eight students and two teachers, a 12-year-old male student of Tanjong Katong Primary School has been found, and is now receiving medical treatment in Kota Kinabalu.
Search and rescue efforts by the Malaysian authorities continue for the remaining missing seven students and two teachers. Our officials are in constant contact with the Malaysian authorities to render any assistance required.
Issued 6 June 2015, 8.45am
29 students and eight teachers of Tanjong Katong Primary School were on a school trip to Kota Kinabalu when earthquake struck on 5 June.
MOE is leading a team to Kota Kinabalu on a Republic of Singapore Airforce (RSAF) C-130 aircraft this morning. The team comprises counsellors, and officials from the Police, Singapore Civil Defence Force and Ministry of Transport. Family members of students and teachers of Tanjong Katong Primary School are also on the same flight.
We are making arrangements for the students and teachers of Tanjong Katong Primary School who are accounted for to return to Singapore.
Issued 6 June 2015, 12.20am
All students and teachers of Greenridge and Fuchun Secondary Schools have returned safely to Singapore at 12.20am, 6 June 2015. These include 32 students and four teachers from Greenridge Secondary School, and 26 students and four teachers from Fuchun Secondary School. Parents have been kept updated on this and the situation throughout the day.
MOE officials are on site at the Changi Airport to receive the students and teachers, and to provide any additional support required.
For the families of the 8 students and 2 teachers of Tanjong Katong Primary School who are missing, arrangements are being made to fly them to Kota Kinabalu tomorrow morning.
Issued 5 Jun 2015, 8.50pm
Three schools, Fuchun Secondary School, Greenridge Secondary School and Tanjong Katong Primary School, are in Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia on overseas learning journey.
All students and teachers from Fuchun and Greenridge have been accounted for and arrangements have been made for them to return to Singapore.
Of the 29 students and 8 teachers from Tanjong Katong Primary School, 21 students and 6 teachers have been accounted for. MFA and ISOS are rendering assistance for their safe return to Singapore. We are continuing efforts to contact the remaining 8 students and 2 teachers. Parents have been informed and kept updated on the situation.
This afternoon, our High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur contacted his counterparts in the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and conveyed Singapore’s message of support and offer of assistance. MFA has also despatched a Crisis Response Team (CRT) to Sabah this afternoon to provide consular assistance to our Singaporeans.