Local actor Aloysius Pang “sustained a serious injury” while carrying out repair works during a live-firing exercise at New Zealand’s Waiouru Training Area at approximately 2.05pm yesterday (Jan 19), according to a news release by MINDEF (Ministry of Defence) Singapore.
The 28-year-old, who was referred to as “Corporal First Class (National Service) [CFC (NS)] Pang Wei Chong”, was evacuated via helicopter to Waikato hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand, where he underwent almost five hours of surgery before being transferred to the high dependency unit, where he is currently being monitored.
Aloysius’s management company, NoonTalk Media, shared the bad news on their social media sites and revealed that his mother is on her way to New Zealand. They also said that they are in close contact with MINDEF and that they will provide more updates on Aloysius’s condition when they have more information.
NoonTalk boss Dasmond Koh posted his thoughts on his own Instagram, admitting that he’s stunned, overwhelmed, and heart-broken. “It will be fine…please forgive me for not being able to return all your calls and texts,” he wrote.
Xu Bin and Sheila Sim also shared their well-wishes for Aloysius on their pages, wishing him a speedy recovery and a safe return home to Singapore.
MINDEF stated that an investigation is still ongoing to determine the cause of the accident, and that both they and the SAF (Singapore Armed Forces) are assisting Aloysius’s family during this time.
Aloysius is set to appear in Toggle Originals series From Beijing to Moscow alongside Felicia Chin, River Huang, and Jojo Goh in June, as well as Channel 8 drama My One in a Million, which begins shooting next month.
We hope you’re all right, Aloy. Get well soon!