Former journalist and owner of a communications consultancy Mr Ong Hock Chuan brought along a 12 year old child for the Mount Kinabalu climb last year, however the boy eventually did not continue beyond the Laban Rata base station as he was feeling unwell.

On account of his personal experience, he therefore questioned if proper due diligence was carried out by the school and its teachers before going ahead with the expedition:

The Mount Kinabalu tragedy: what are schoolchildren doing there?