Committee of Inquiry to investigate circumstances leading to Aloysius Pang's death

A press conference will take place a day after his passing was announced.

Sulaiman Daud | January 24, 2019, 12:45 AM

Singaporean actor Aloysius Pang died on Jan. 23 from injuries suffered during an incident while performing his reservist duties in New Zealand.

He was 28 years old.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Defence on late Jan. 23 night, an independent Committee of Inquiry (COI) will be convened to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident that led to Pang's death.

In addition, a press conference will be held on Jan. 24 to present the preliminary findings.

The press conference will be chaired by the Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant-General Melvyn Ong.

Injuries sustained while on reservist duty

On Jan. 19, Pang, who was Corporal First Class, was in the Waiouru Training Area in New Zealand on reservist duty for Exercise Thunder Warrior.

He was carrying out repair works inside the Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer, an artillery vehicle, along with two other Singapore Armed Forces personnel.

Unfortunately, he sustained injuries when the gun barrel was lowered.

Pang was then evacuated to Waikato Hospital, a regional trauma centre, and underwent numerous surgeries.

Dasmond Koh, the head of Pang’s artiste management agency NoonTalk, commented in a news conference on Jan. 21 that Pang's abdomen and chest was supposedly "pinned by something" without elaborating further.

Related stories:

Top image adapted from Ministry of Defence website and Aloysius Pang's Instagram page.