The tragedy at Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Dipang, Kampar was a tragic accident. The primary students attended a 1 Malaysia camping organized by the Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah Kinta Selatan. A wonderful and motivational event turned into a chaos. At 10.40pm on the 26th October 2009, 22 students fell when a bridge collapsed. The young students were between life and death and they had to hold to the bridge cable for their survival. A brave guards and a teacher saved the 19 of the students. Unfortunately, 3 of them could not be saved.
An angry parents blame the teachers for lack of supervision. And the teachers defend themselves by pointing the finger to the contractor who build the bridge. After initial investigation the police found that the bridge was not built according to it's specification.
Who should bear the responsibility? The Education Department, the teachers or the contractor?
No matter who responsible for it, few life were taken and if there was a high standard of supervision including an inspection of the newly built bridge, this tragedy will never be on the news headlines.
SMIOB wish condolences to the family of N. Dina Dewe Nathan 11, Diryasree Vasudevan 12 and Davadharshini Maheswaran 11.