Sabah Earthquake: Instructor who Died Trying to Save Children Given Youth Achievement Award

An outdoor adventure instructor who died while trying to protect the students under his care during the Sabah earthquake this June has been posthumously awarded a Gold in the National Youth Achievement Award.

Mr Muhammad Daanish had been a participant in the NYAA programme.

The award was presented to to his father in a ceremony yesterday, as recognition for his service to the community.

Mr Daanish was one of the 3 adventure guides from Camp Challenge who accompanied students and teachers from Tanjong Katong Primary School to Sabah to scale Mount Kinabalu.

The 22-year-old was the eldest of 3 children, and described by his mother as a “gentle giant” – big on the outside, but gentle on the inside.

Besides Mr Daanish, 6 students and a teacher from TKPS were killed in the Sabah earthquake.

The deaths sparked a huge and heated debate on whether students as young as 12 should be allowed to go on field trips of such a magnitude.

(Read: Young Lives Wastefully Lost to Careless Leadership: The Mount Kinabalu Tragedy that Could Have been Avoided)

(Read: Appreciate Teachers’ Sacrifices, Don’t Simply Condemn Them for The Earthquake Deaths: An Educator Hits Back at Critics)

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