Hundreds of people at wake of Aloysius Pang to pay their respects

The casket of actor and fallen soldier Aloysius Pang arriving at the wake at Macpherson Lane.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Hundreds of people turned up at home-grown actor Aloysius Pang's wake on Friday night (Jan 25), hoping to pay their respects even before the public memorial was due to start on Saturday.

After his management agency NoonTalk Media announced the location of the wake on social media on Friday afternoon, members of the public, including his fans, started streaming in to stand outside the barricaded multi-purpose area in MacPherson Lane while the wake was being set up.

Some onlookers started tearing when the hearse carrying the body arrived at 9.20pm.


Photo: The Straits Times

His close actor friend Xu Bin, 29, and television host Quan Yifong, 44, sobbed uncontrollably.

The public was then asked to clear the area so that the late actor's family and friends could pay their respects in private.


Photo: The Straits Times

An emcee said that members of the public who wished to say their personal goodbyes could come and do so from noon on Saturday.

A housewife who wanted to be known only as Mrs Lim, 59, tried to stuff condolence money into the hands of the organisers.

She started tearing as she told The Straits Times that she "felt compelled" to turn up, even though she was not familiar with the actor's works.

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She said: "As a mother, I can understand how heartbreaking this must be for his parents. He went to serve the country and now he has died.

"I really hope that this ordeal will lead to real changes to how the authorities will handle safety for our national servicemen. There have been too many deaths."

The death of Corporal First Class (NS) Pang Wei Chong is the fifth reported since September 2017, following four preceding years of zero training- and operations-related fatalities.

Kenny Pang beside a portrait of his younger brother Aloysius in MacPherson Lane on Jan 25, 2019.Photo: The Straits Times

CFC (NS) Pang, 28, died on Wednesday night from injuries suffered last Saturday while he was on reservist duty in New Zealand.

The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said CFC (NS) Pang, who was with the 268th Battalion Singapore Artillery, had been carrying out repair works inside a Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer when the gun barrel was lowered and injured 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.

His body was flown into Paya Lebar Air Base on a Republic of Singapore Air Force KC-135R tanker aircraft on Friday evening.

The Singapore Air Force KC-135 aircraft carrying the body of Aloysius Pang landing at Paya Lebar Airbase at 5.45pm on Jan 25, 2019.
Photo: The Straits Times

CFC (NS) Pang was accorded a homecoming ceremony with Chief of Army Goh Si Hou in attendance, a guard of honour and fellow soldiers of the Artillery Formation.


Photo: MINDEF

The ceremony was witnessed by the late actor's family, said Mindef in a statement.

At the air base, Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, accompanied by Chief of Defence Force Melvyn Ong, met a family member to offer Mindef and the SAF's condolences.

The late CFC(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.Photo: MINDEF

Photo: MINDEF

Dr Ng also conveyed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's personal condolences to the family and paid his respects.

The public memorial will be held at 82A MacPherson Lane from noon on Saturday until noon on Sunday.

CFC (NS) Pang will be accorded the full honours of a military funeral.

The cremation ceremony will be held at Mandai Crematorium on Sunday.

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Hundreds turn up at actor Aloysius Pang's wake

  • Actress Kym Ng delivering her eulogy during the wake in MacPherson on Sunday (Jan 27).
  • Aloysius Pang's eldest brother, Jefferson, delivering his eulogy during the wake in MacPherson on Sunday (Jan 27).
  • The crowd waiting outside as a private ceremony went on during Mr Pang's wake in MacPherson, on Sunday (Jan 27).
  • Many fans who turned up to pay their respects on Sunday (Jan 27) spoke about a connection to the late actor.
  • Members of Mr Pang's family outside the wake in MacPherson on Sunday (Jan 27).
  • Aloysius Pang's parents (mother in white top; father in grey T-shirt) were visibly distraught as they arrived at around 11.30am on Sunday (Jan 27) with family members in tow.
  • Aloysius Pang's mother (in white top) at the wake in MacPherson on Sunday (Jan 27).
  • Yang Libing and Zong Zijie at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • (From right) Dennis Chew, Chew Chor Meng and wife Deon Tan arrive at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • Actors Xu Bin (right) and Ian Fang at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • Actor Ian Fang consoles Jaylee Woo who is the girlfriend of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • (From right) Felicia Chin, Jeffrey Xu and Chin’s mother at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • Well-wishers queuing to pay respects at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang on Saturday night.
  • Actress Sheila Sim arrives at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • A wreath from Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, and Culture, Community and Youth Sim Ann.
  • A wreath from Fly Entertainment's Irene Ang and her staff.
  • Actor Richard Low
  • Huang Biren (third from left) pays her respects at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • Fans and friends, local politicians and members of the public began streaming in to the wake of late actor Aloysius Pang held at 82A MacPherson Lane on Saturday.
  • Actress Zoe Tay at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • A visibly emotional Zoe teared up at the memorial.
  • Actor Shane Pow bid goodbye to his 'Dai Lo' (big brother)
  • Actor Elvin Ng comforting Jayley.
  • Aloysius' manager and NoonTalk Media founder, Dasmond Koh.
  • Hundreds queued to pay their last respects to the actor
  • Christopher Lee and Fann Wong.
  • Actress Jayley Woo arriving at the wake.
  • Christopher Lee and Fann Wong at the wake.
  • Woo wore a pair of big sunglasses and was hugged and comforted by several people around her.
  • Actors Chen Shucheng and Rayson Tan.
  • Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • Former MP Zainul Abidin
  • A wreath from actors Christopher Lee and Fann Wong
  • MP Tin Pei Ling at the wake
  • Hundreds had turned up last night when Aloysius' casket first arrived at the venue.
  • Members of the late Aloysius Pang's fan club, Pangsters, tear up at the wake.
  • Actor Nat Ho also paid his respects.
  • Hundreds of people turned up at home-grown actor Aloysius Pang's wake on Friday night (Jan 25).
  • Members of the public and fans started streaming in to stand outside the barricaded multi-purpose area in MacPherson Lane while the wake was being set up.
  • NoonTalk Media boss Dasmond Koh, who's also Aloysius' manager spotted amid preparation work for the funeral.
  • Some onlookers started tearing when the hearse carrying the body arrived at 9.20pm.
  • His close actor friend Xu Bin, 29, and television host Quan Yifong, 44, sobbed uncontrollably.
  • The public was then asked to clear the area so that the late actor's family and friends could pay their respects in private.
  • The public may their respects from 12pm Saturday to 12pm Sunday.
  • An emcee said that members of the public who wished to say their personal goodbyes could come and do so from noon on Saturday.
  • Aloysius' body was flown into Paya Lebar Air Base on a Republic of Singapore Air Force KC-135R tanker aircraft on Friday evening.
  • CFC (NS) Pang was accorded a homecoming ceremony with Chief of Army Goh Si Hou in attendance, a guard of honour and fellow soldiers of the Artillery Formation.
  • The ceremony was witnessed by the late actor's family, said Mindef in a statement.
  • At the air base, Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, accompanied by Chief of Defence Force Melvyn Ong, met a family member to offer Mindef and the SAF's condolences.

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