SINGAPORE — A heartfelt note from the brother of late local actor Aloysius Pang was posted on Instagram after two national servicemen were sentenced on Tuesday (19 November) for their role in the accident that led to his death.
“My parents lost a son. We believe that 1 loss is enough. Other parents' sons have a life ahead of them,” said Jefferson Pang in a message shared on the NoonTalk Media Instagram account later that day. NoonTalk Media was the artiste management agency that represented Aloysius.
“Its (sic) not about blame and pointing fingers now but how it should be prevented in the future. Complacency shouldn’t be human error alone and preventive measures should be in place for future sons,” the note added, referring to the fatal training accident in New Zealand in January.
On Tuesday, a military court sentenced 35-year-old Military Expert 2 (ME2) Ivan Teo Gee Siang and 31-year-old Third Sergeant (NS) Hubert Wah Yun Teng to fines of $7,000 and $8,000 respectively over the accident.
Teo faced three charges – one for disobedience of general orders and two for causing death by negligent act – while Wah faced one charge for causing death by rash act and another for causing death by negligent act.
Aloysius, an armament technician from the 268th Battalion Singapore Artillery, had been participating in a live-firing exercise in New Zealand on 19 January when he suffered the crush injuries that eventually led to his death.
The 28-year-old had been carrying out maintenance work on a self-propelled howitzer (SSPH) when he was pinned and crushed inside the vehicle as its gun barrel was being lowered. At the time, Teo and Wah were inside the SSPH cabin with Aloysius, who died four days later.