SINGAPORE has declared today a Day of National Remembrance for the victims of the Sabah earthquake.
State flags on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast. One minute of silence will be observed at the beginning of the day at all SEA Games venues.
â€œWe hope that this collective expression of sympathy and support from all Singaporeans will give solace and comfort to the families and loved ones of the victims,â€ said a statement from the Prime Ministerâ€™s Office yesterday.
Six pupils and one teacher from Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) who were on a field trip to Mount Kinabalu were confirmed to have died in the 6.0-magnitude earthquake on Friday.
The pupils who died were Peony Wee Ying Ping, Ameer Ryyan Mohd Adeed Sanjay, Emilie Giovanna Ramu, Matahom Karyl Mitzi Higuit, Rachel Ho Yann Shiuan and Sonia Jhala.
Teacher Loo Jian Liang Terrence Sebastian and guide Muhammad Daanish Amran also died.
Operations are ongoing to locate another pupil Navdeep Singh Jaryal Raj Kumar and teacher Mohammad Ghazi Mohamed.
The statement said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was deeply saddened by the deaths.
â€œOn behalf of all Singaporeans, the Prime Minister expresses his deepest condolences and sympathies to their families and loved ones. As we grieve over the loss of these young lives, we also take heart that they were striving to stretch their limits and take on new challenges,â€ the statement said.
The Prime Minister also thanked all those who were working tirelessly in the search, rescue and recovery efforts â€“ the Malaysian authorities, search and rescue teams, hospital staff and all the officers and volunteers who were helping in Sabah and Singapore, it said.
President Tony Tan and his wife also expressed their deep sadness over the deaths.
â€œOur condolences go to their families and loved ones during this difficult period for them. We are hoping and praying that the student and teacher who are still missing will be found soon.â€
On the Day of National RememÂbrance, he said: â€œTogether as a nation, we mourn the tragic loss of these sons and daughters of Singapore.â€
The victims were part of a group of 29 pupils and eight teachers who were on the mountain when the earthquake struck at 7.15am on Friday. The others survived. â€” The Straits Times / Asia News Network