Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Operationally Ready National Serviceman, Corporal First Class (National Service) [CFC (NS)] Pang Wei Chong, Aloysius passed away at 2045hrs on 23 January 2019 (SG time) at Waikato Hospital, New Zealand.
An Armament Technician from the 268th Battalion Singapore Artillery, CFC (NS) Pang was carrying out repair works inside the Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer (SSPH) with two other SAF personnel on 19 January 2019 at Waiouru Training Area, New Zealand. Unfortunately, CFC (NS) Pang sustained injuries when the gun barrel was lowered. He was evacuated to Waikato Hospital, a regional trauma centre where he underwent a number of surgeries to treat his injuries. Dr Teo Li Tserng, Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, was flown in to assist the New Zealand medical team tending to CFC (NS) Pang. Despite surgical attempts to repair damaged organs and putting him on artificial life support, CFC (NS) Pang succumbed to the injuries and passed away.
An independent Committee of Inquiry will be convened to investigate the circumstances leading to the incident. A press conference will be held on 24 January 2019 to present the preliminary findings and will be chaired by the Chief of Defence Force.
The SAF will be making arrangements to bring the body of the late CFC (NS) Pang back to Singapore.
The Ministry of Defence and the SAF extend their deepest condolences to the family of CFC (NS) Pang and will continue to render assistance and support in their time of loss.
SINGAPORE — Earlier this month, he posted on Facebook that he was “off to serve our country” and would be doing his reservist for three weeks in New Zealand.
“May not be able to post much when I’m there so wait for my return yeah,” actor Aloysius Pang Wei Chong wrote on Jan 5 in a mix of English and Chinese.
On Wednesday (Jan 23), the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) announced that Corporal First Class (National Service) Pang has died, four days after he was seriously injured during a military exercise.
He sustained his injuries on Jan 19 while carrying out repair works inside the Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer with two other Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) personnel during a military exercise.
The announcement of his death triggered a swift outpouring of grief from Pang’s family and friends.
Posting on his Instagram account, his family sought the public’s understanding that it would be unable to comment further during this period.
Pang’s parents and brothers flew to New Zealand after news of his injury.
The past few days have been difficult, the family said. The news they received since his last operation have been “devastating”, with “little signs of hope on his recovery”, they said.
“We all broke down when the medical team spoke to us that his condition is worsening and we should be prepared for the worst. We are going to lose a brother. And my parents are going to lose their precious son (who) is only 28,” the family wrote.
His girlfriend, actress Jayley Woo, posted a poignant farewell on her social media accounts.
Writing in Chinese and English, Ms Woo expressed her love for Pang and thanked him for taking care of her in recent years. “You’ll always be a part of me, my man. We’ll meet in our next lives, till death do us part baby boy,” she wrote.
In an Instagram story, Ms Woo said that the couple had wanted to go public with their relationship only when they got married.
National broadcaster Mediacorp as well as NoonTalk Media, media company representing Pang, also responded to news of his death. The latter said that the actor would be missed and changed its Facebook cover photo to black.
Mediacorp issued a statement conveying its deepest sympathies to Pang’s family.
The actor grew up with Mediacorp, starting his career as a child actor in television dramas in 1999, it said.
He was named one of the "8 Dukes of Caldecott Hill" in 2014, awarded Best Newcomer at the Star Awards 2015 and became one of the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes at the Star Awards 2016.
Over the years, Aloysius matured as an actor and was recently cast in the lead role of future Channel 8 drama My One in a Million, Mediacorp said.
“Aloysius was much loved by all who worked with him and extremely popular with fans. He was a highly capable actor who had grown in skill and versatility but remained humble, diligent and ever willing to help others,” Mediacorp said. “He will always be remembered for his good-heartedness, his sincere, unaffected earnestness and his professionalism. He showed respect to everyone, especially his elders.”
The broadcaster said that it will do all it can to support Pang’s family, friends, fans and those who worked with him during this period.
SAF will be making arrangements to fly his body back.
Mindef said that an independent Committee of Inquiry will be convened to investigate the circumstances leading to the incident.
Chief of Defence Force Melvyn Ong will chair a press conference on Thursday (Jan 24) to present preliminary findings.
Really tragic......MINDEF had better bloody come clean. NS really for Sinkies, jobs for FTs.
I cried so badly after reading this.
This is super sad and depressing. A dark day for Singaporeans.
8 deaths in 16 months is simply unacceptable.
To put things in perspective, in the past 16 months alone, no less than 7 NSFs and 1 NSman have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the Nation in peacetime.
Despite numerous statements from MINDEF and Ministers and the many COIs commissioned, things don't seem to have changed much.
It is about time the Generals and Ministers took responsibility.
"– Jan 23, 2019: CFC (NS) Aloysius Pang, died from injuries sustained during a training accident, which happened during an SAF training exercise in New Zealand
– Nov 3, 2018: Corporal First Class Liu Kai, 22, died at the Jalan Murai training grounds when an armored infantry fighting vehicle reversed onto his jeep.
– Sep 28, 2018: An NSF was found hanging from a rope in his office in Sembawang Air Base.
– Sep 9, 2018: A 23-year-old police NSF died a week after he was found with a gunshot wound to his head. His service revolver was found beside him. No foul play is suspected.
– Jul 28, 2018: An off-duty SAF regular servicemen was found hanging from a rope in his bunk in Nee Soon Camp.
– May 13, 2018: Corporal Kok Yuen Chin, 22, died in a hazing ritual gone tragically wrong. He was pushed into a 12m-deep pump well at Tuas View Fire Station by his squadmates to celebrate the end of his two-year service. He never resurfaced.
– Apr 30, 2018: Corporal First Class Dave Lee, 19, succumbed to his injuries after being hospitalized for heatstroke. He had collapsed from heat injury after completing an 8km fast march at Bedok Camp.
– Sep 15, 2017: Third Sergeant Gavin Chan, 21, died in Australia during an overseas training exercise. He had been guiding an armored infantry vehicle out of difficult terrain when it landed on its side. He was found unconscious next to it, and succumbed to his injuries."
- breakdown courtesy of Visakan Veerasamy
More than half a dozen deaths in less than 1.5 years during peacetime.........is it a world record? Maybe SAF should notify Guinness.
SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will be lowering its training tempo across all services, with the aim of giving commanders and troops the time and space to review its systems and process so as to focus on safety.
Time to wayang again.......
Saw this floating in the HWZ forums.......what does this woman mean when she said "this accident could not be saved"?
For one the "woman" sounds incoherent. Also how the fuck can she mangle the spelling of engineer?????
Tributes pouring in from colleagues, including Zoe Tay and Romeo Tan. *Sobs*
SINGAPORE - A public memorial service is being considered for home-grown actor Aloysius Pang, who was viewed as "the precious" of his family.
Speaking to the media on Thursday night (Jan 24) after arriving in Singapore from New Zealand, the actor's second-eldest brother Kenny said: "He's the youngest, he's the most loved... we called him xiao gua tou (little melon head). And what you see on television and what you see in all the responses that he has been receiving - all the love and care - that is who he is.
"He's as caring, he's as devoted to his passion, so that is the true self of Aloysius. I think his main priority has always been his parents, his love for his parents, and that has not changed."
Try harder MG Goh Si Hou.
Since this motherfucking FUCKFACE wants to become infamous, let's make his wish come true.
Insensitive prick has apologized lol as expected.
Who wants to ring up Pizza Hut delivery on his behalf?
Friends who wish to bid farewell to Aloysius 冯伟衷 may do so at
Venue: 82A Macpherson Lane Singapore 360082
Date/Time: 26 Jan (Sat)/1200hrs to 27 Jan (Sun)/1200hrs
A private wake for the family will take place on Sat morning. We respectfully appreciate the privacy given during this period.
They are setting things up now.
Siao lang Alex Ong is going to pray everyday at Aloysius Pang's resting place until Ng Eng Heng resigns LMFAO