A memorial is held to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the 2015 Mount Kinabalu Earthquake

KOTA KINABALU – A memorial was held on Wednesday, June 5, to mark the ninth anniversary since the Mount Kinabalu earthquake, which is one of the most tragic events in Sabah history.

The ceremony began at 8:30am at the Kiau Gap View and Timpohon Gate in Sabah Parks, located at the Kundasang Highlands about 92km away from Kota Kinabalu.

The event was attended by the heads of the following departments: Sabah Parks (Sabah Parks), Fire and Rescue, District Office, Information Department, and Police.

The participants observed a moment’s silence at the monument at the Timpohon Gate. This is the point from which they begin their climb up the 4101m high mountain, the tallest in the country.

The wreaths and flowers were also laid in memory of the people who lost their lives, as well as those who sacrificed themselves to save the victims.

Ridwan Mohd Taif, the chief of Ranau Fire and Rescue Station, offered words of comfort to families of victims.

When contacted, he stated: “We extend our condolences and sympathy to the families of all those who were affected by this tragedy.”

He added: “We are grateful for all the sacrifices that were made by those involved in this incident.”

Sabah Parks Director Dr Maklarin Lakim stated that the ceremony was held in memory of the 18 souls who lost their lives and to honor the next-of-kin.

He said: “This tragedy serves as a reminder that standard operating procedures or safety measures are needed to climb Mount Kinabalu.”

The Mount Kinabalu earthquake of 2015, measuring 6.1 Richters, claimed 18 lives. Among them were four Sabahan mountain guide and four schoolchildren from Singapore.

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