Public memorial service may be held for Aloysius Pang

Mr Aloysius Pang's manager Dasmond Koh said there may be plans to hold a memorial service for the actor so that "all of his fans and loved ones can say goodbye".
Mr Aloysius Pang's manager Dasmond Koh said there may be plans to hold a memorial service for the actor so that "all of his fans and loved ones can say goodbye".PHOTO: ALOYSIUS PANG/ FACEBOOK

This is so that all of his fans and loved ones can say goodbye, says actor's talent manager

A public memorial service is being considered for home-grown actor Aloysius Pang, who was viewed as the precious one in his family.

Speaking to the media last night after arriving in Singapore from New Zealand, the actor's elder brother Kenny said:

"He is the youngest, he is 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 is as caring, he is 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."

Mr Kenny Pang was accompanied by his younger brother's talent manager Dasmond Koh, 46, at Changi Airport to meet the media to address questions surrounding the actor's death in New Zealand.

They declined to say whether the parents and eldest brother have since returned to Singapore.

Mr Koh said there may be plans to hold a memorial service for the actor so that "all of his fans and loved ones can say goodbye".

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said the SAF is fully assisting the family and that the Republic of Singapore Air Force's KC-135 has been sent to New Zealand to repatriate CFC Pang's body.

Corporal First Class (NS) Pang, 28, died on Wednesday night from injuries suffered last Saturday while serving as an operationally ready national serviceman.

He was with the 268th Battalion Singapore Artillery, and had been carrying out repair works inside a Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer when the gun barrel was lowered, injuring him in the chest and abdominal areas.

He was evacuated to Waikato Hospital, a regional trauma centre in Hamilton, south of Auckland, where he underwent three operations in five days.

During the 15-minute meeting with the press, Mr Koh was visibly upset and choked up several times, while Mr Kenny Pang appeared calmer.

CFC Aloysius Pang was with two other personnel inside a howitzer when he was injured last Saturday. Singaporean actor Aloysius Pang's manager Dasmond Koh (left) and elder brother Kenny Pang speaking to the media at Changi Airport yesterday. Mr Koh sa
Singaporean actor Aloysius Pang's manager Dasmond Koh (left) and elder brother Kenny Pang speaking to the media at Changi Airport yesterday. Mr Koh said a memorial service may be held for the late actor. ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

When asked if the family is looking for more answers about the accident from the authorities, Mr Pang said: "I didn't get a chance to look at my phone or to get any of the latest updates, but I will let Mindef communicate with us directly."

He added: "We must be thankful that Mindef has been aiding us in any way they can, with all the arrangements and all the liaising to get us to meet Aloysius as soon as possible."

 
 
 
 
 

The Ministry of Defence had arranged for the actor's mother to fly to New Zealand on Sunday morning, and she spoke to him that night. The father and two elder brothers joined them from the next day onwards.

Mr Kenny Pang said he did not manage to speak to his brother by the time he arrived.

"I didn't manage to meet him awake. We didn't get that opportunity," he said, adding that he has been feeling a lot of "ups and downs" in the past few days.

At a press conference held by Mindef yesterday afternoon, Chief Army Medical Officer Edward Lo Hong Yee said CFC Pang was treated on site by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) doctor and his team before he was evacuated to the hospital. Dr Teo Li Tserng, chief of trauma and acute care surgery at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, was later flown in to assist the medical team in New Zealand.

Colonel (Dr) Lo said at the press conference that he was told by Dr Teo and the New Zealand medical team after the second operation that they were already expecting complications.

"We cannot have such a severely injured patient and not expect complications. So, they were already expecting complications. They just didn't know when it would set in," added Col Lo. "So, when he started to deteriorate, they knew that complications had started and that is when the third surgery happened. And subsequently, he was put on artificial life support."

In a Facebook post yesterday night, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said the SAF was fully assisting the family and that the Republic of Singapore Air Force's KC-135 has been sent to New Zealand to repatriate CFC Pang's body.

"Our grief counsellors are on the ground to comfort the family. But I know that no words or deeds can relieve their sorrow or replace their loss. I hope and pray that the passage of time will bring them some comfort," he added.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2019, with the headline 'Public memorial service may be held for Aloysius Pang'. Print Edition | Subscribe