5 FACTS OF TKPS' TREK AT MT KINABALU

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Tragedy hits home 'cos we're parents too

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Heroes of Mount Kinabalu tragedy

Mount Kinabalu.
GOING HOME: Family members of the identified victims waiting to board the plane at Kota Kinabalu International Airport yesterday.

Brave does not come close to describing the teachers who used their bodies to shield pupils from hurtling boulders.

Or the 12-year-old children, who were in pain, but held back tears to avoid worrying others.

Or the guides putting themselves in danger to save children they had only just met.

The selflessness of the Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) teachers drew praise.

"They shielded the kids with their own bodies. I respect them for an act that I myself may not be able to do," said Mr Sadri Farick, 37, father of pupil Emyr Uzayr, who returned to Singapore early yesterday morning.

The guides, too, deserve to be called heroes. 

One, Mr Cornelius Sanan, was part of a group who braved aftershocks in the search-and-rescue efforts, and found TKPS student Prajesh Dhimant Patel, 12, injured,still attached to mountaineering ropes and a safety harness. 

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He died to save tourists: Father

Local guide could not walk after saving others, stayed behind as they went down

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DAY OF NATIONAL REMEMBRANCE

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Zoe hits the heights

Singapore's Zoe Mui Wei Ting in action as she wins the gold

Women's changquan exponent Zoe Mui hit all the right notes to deliver the Republic's only gold medal to come from Sunday's wushu events.

She executed all her moves to near-perfection in her women's optional changquan routine to return a score of 9.71 to fend off Myanmar's silver medallist Oo Sandi (9.70) and Vietnam's second runner-up Duong Thuy Vi (9.69).

Zoe was fourth in the same event in Naypyidaw 2013, where she also finished second in the women's duilian (weapons) event, a feat she repeated at home on Saturday.

"Finally, there's a breakthrough, and I can't stop smiling," said the pint-sized Zoe, after collecting her first international gold medal and being enveloped by volunteers, made up of the local wushu fraternity.

"It feels like a weight off my chest. I have trained very long and hard for this and had to overcome my ankle injuries.

"I also suffered from whiplash in a training accident earlier this year and couldn't train for two weeks, which is a long time if you have to train everyday.

"But over the last two years, I have learnt to accept setbacks and turn them into motivation."
 

Singaporeans Lin Yiqiang and Yong Yi Xiang also contributed two bronze medals from the men's sanda (65kg) and men's optional cudgel events respectively.

 

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Bodies of Singaporeans to return from Sabah

About 70 people boarded a C130 RSAF plane at Kota Kinabalu International Airport shortly after 6pm on Sunday (June 7).

The bodies of five pupils from Tanjong Katong Primary School, their teacher, and their adventure guide will return to Singapore tonight.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) confirmed that an RSAF C-130 aircraft would bring them back, flying from Kota Kinabalu International Airport on Sunday evening.

The next-of-kin will return on another C-130 aircraft.

 

About 70 people were seen boarding one of two RSAF C-130s at Kota Kinabalu International Airport this evening, shortly after 6pm. It is believed the planes are bound for Singapore. For more updates http://ow.ly/NYI9S

Posted by The New Paper on Sunday, 7 June 2015

The search for student Navdeep Singh Jaryal S/O Raj Kumar and teacher Mohammad Ghazi Bin Mohamed continues. 

As of Sunday, six pupils are confirmed to have died.

One male pupil is in critical but stable condition in intensive care at Gleneagles Kota Kinabalu Hospital.

Earlier MOE released the names of the five pupils killed during the earthquake:

Ameer Ryyan bin Mohd Adeed Sanjay

Emilie Giovanna Ramu

Matahom Karyl Mitzi Higuit

Rachel Ho Yann Shiuan

Sonia Jhala

Teacher Loo Jian Liang Terrence Sebastian and their adventure guide, Muhammad Daanish bin Amran were also identified

 

Fencers claim first-ever gold in men's foil team event

Kevin Jerrold Chan of Singapore (L) competes against Nathaniel Perez of the Philippines

Singapore's men's foil team fought their way to a South-east Asia (SEA) Games gold medal today after seeing off the Philippines 45-40 in the OCBC Arena.

This is the Republic's first-ever gold medal in the men's foil team event.

Fencer Joshua Lim, 19, grabbed an early lead for the side, winning 5-3 in the first bout. 

But it wasn't all plain sailing for Singapore. Kevin Chan, 17, lost his first two bouts 5-6 and 5-7 before winning his last bout 5-3.

"We knew that we had it in us to be able to contend for the gold medal," said Tan Yuan Zi, 25, after the match. 

"But we also knew that it was not going to be a easy fight."

"I'm very proud to be able to say that we fought hard and made it all the way to the final for the gold."

Earlier in the day, Singapore's women's epee team lost 29-28 to Philippines in the semi-finals and had to settle for a bronze medal, while the women's sabre team also ended their campaign with a bronze after losing 45-36 to Vietnam.

Singapore's total medal haul for fencing, which has concluded in this Games, is three golds, three silvers and seven bronzes. 

 

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S'pore biggest swimming winners on day 2 with 3 golds

From left: Singapore's Quah Zheng Wen, Pang Sheng Jun, Yeo Kai Quan and Joseph Schooling celebrate winning men's 4x200m freestyle relay.

Singapore's swimmers won three golds, two silvers and a bronze on the second day of the South-east Asia (SEA) Games swimming finals at the OCBC Aquatic Centre tonight.

In the first event of the night, fly queen Tao Li (below) stormed to the gold in the women's 50 fly in a new Games record of 26.58sec, while teammate Quah Ting Wen was second with 27.02.

Vietnamese swim sensation Nguyen Thi Anh Vien came in fourth.

Tao Li's win was immediately followed by Joseph Schooling's Games record-breaking swim and win in the men's 100 free. His timing of 48.58 is also a new national mark.

Teammate Quah Zheng Wen was second in the same race (49.91).

The men's 4x200 free relay team of Joseph Schooling, Danny Yeo, Pang Sheng Jun and Quah Zheng Wen then grabbed the gold in a new national and Games record of 7:18.14.

Samantha Yeo also claimed a bronze in the women's 200 individual medley in 2:18.77.

Over two days, Singapore's swimmers have won five golds, four silvers and three bronzes.

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Vietnam’s Iron Girl not letting up as she claims another two wins

Vietnam’s “Iron Girl” continued to make waves at the OCBC Aquatic Centre today, smashing another two South-east Asian (SEA) Games records en route to winning two golds.

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien’s day began on a limp note, however, as she missed out on a podium finish in the 50m fly, finishing fourth in a race won by Singapore’s Tao Li.

But she recovered from the disappointment in stunning fashion to finish first in the 200m back and 200m IM, to add to her 800m free and 400m IM wins from yesterday.

She has now won four out of her five races over two days, claiming four SEA Games records along the way. 

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