Aloysius Pang will be accorded military funeral, cremation to take place Sunday: MINDEF

Aloysius Pang will be accorded military funeral, cremation to take place Sunday: MINDEF

Aloysius Pang New Zealand send-off
Aloysius Pang was repatriated from New Zealand on Friday (Jan 25). (Image: MINDEF)

SINGAPORE: Actor Aloysius Pang will be accorded the full honours of a military funeral, said the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) on Friday (Jan 25).

He will be cremated on Sunday at Mandai Crematorium.

Pang's body arrived in Singapore on Friday evening from New Zealand, two days after he died of injuries sustained in a military training accident.

Arrival of Aloysius Pang's body in Singapore
The body of the late CFC(NS) Aloysius Pang was transported from New Zealand in a Republic of Singapore Air Force KC-135R aircraft. (Photo: Twitter/Ministry of Defence)

It made the more than 10-hour journey from Auckland in a Republic of Singapore Air Force KC-135R aircraft, which landed in Singapore at about 6pm.

His family was at Paya Lebar Air Base to receive the body.

"The late Corporal First Class (NS) Pang was accorded due honors by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) through a homecoming ramp ceremony with Chief of Army Major-General Goh Si Hou in attendance, a Guard of Honour and fellow soldiers of the Artillery Formation," said MINDEF in a media release.

Body of late Aloysius Pang arrives in Singapore
The body of the late CFC(NS) Aloysius Pang arrives in Singapore on Jan 25, 2019. (Photo: Twitter/Ministry of Defence)

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen met the family at the airbase to express the ministry and SAF's condolences. 

"Dr Ng also conveyed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s personal condolences to the family and paid his respects to the late CFC(NS) Pang," MINDEF added.

Pang, 28, was seriously injured on Sunday during a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) training exercise in New Zealand.

READ: Actor Aloysius Pang dies after sustaining serious injuries in SAF training accident

He died on Wednesday night (Singapore time) in a hospital in Hamilton four days after the incident.

At a press conference on Thursday, SAF senior commanders said Pang was crushed between the gun barrel of a howitzer and its cabin after he was "unable to get out of the way" as the barrel was lowered.

An independent Committee of Inquiry will be convened to investigate the circumstances leading to the incident, MINDEF had said.

MINDEF and SAF will continue to render assistance and support to Pang's family, the ministry said in its press release.

SAF training death: How Aloysius Pang got crushed by howitzer gun barrel - infographic

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Pang's brother, Kenny, told reporters on Thursday night that his brother had slipped into an unconscious state by the time his family members arrived in New Zealand.

“None of us can be mentally prepared for any of this ... Now, it’s just for us to grieve," Kenny Pang said.

Pang's artiste agency, NoonTalk Media, said those who wish to pay their last respects to him can do so from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday. 

A private wake for the family will be held on Saturday morning. 

"We respectfully appreciate the privacy given during this period," the management agency said on its Facebook page. 

Pang's casket arrived at MacPherson Lane, where his wake will be held, on Friday night. A large crowd had gathered there, some in tears, as they saw the white casket arrive.

Celebrities including actor Xu Bin and actress and host Quan Yifeng were among those who came to pay their respects.

MacPherson Member of Parliament Tin Pei Ling was also there to speak to the organisers.

"We did our best to facilitate the process ... as well as offered our help to see how we could support the operations here," Ms Tin told Channel NewsAsia.

"We've already mobilised our grassroots leaders and volunteers over the next few days ... if they need anything, where it's within our means, we will do our best to make it a little easier during this very, very difficult time," she added. 

Aloysius Pang began his career as a child actor at the age of nine. He took a hiatus, but returned to acting in 2012 and picked up awards along the way, including Best Newcomer at the 2015 Star Awards.​​​​​​​


Source: CNA/hm(gs)

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