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Actor Aloysius Pang will be granted a military funeral

SINGAPORE: Actor Aloysius Pang will be granted the full honors of a military funeral, said the Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) on Friday (Jan. 25).

He will be cremated on Sunday at Mandai Crematorium.

Pang's body arrived in Singapore on Friday evening from New Zealand, two days after he died of injuries sustained in a military training accident.

It made the more than 10-hour journey from Auckland in the Republic of Singapore Air Force KC-135R aircraft, which landed in Singapore at about 6pm.

His family was at Paya Lebar Air Base to receive the body.

Arrival of Aloysius Pang's body in Singapore

The body of the late CFC (NS) Aloysius Pang was transported from New Zealand to the Republic of Singapore Air Force KC-135R aircraft. (Photo: Twitter / Ministry of Defense)

"The late Corporal First Class (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, and Guard of Honor and fellow soldiers of the Artillery Formation, "said MINDEF in a media release.

Body of late Aloysius Pang arrives in Singapore

Aloysius Pang arrives in Singapore on January 25, 2019. (Photo: Twitter / Ministry of Defense)

Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen met the family at the airbase to express the ministry and SAF's condolences.

"Dr Ng also conveyed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's personal condolences to the family and paid his respects to the late CFC (NS) Pang," MINDEF added.

Pang, 28, was seriously injured during a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) training exercise in New Zealand.

READ: Actor Aloysius Pang dies after sustaining serious injuries in SAF training accident

He died on Wednesday night in a hospital in Hamilton four days after the incident.

At a press conference on Thursday, SAF senior commanders said Pang was crushed between the gun barrel of a howitzer and his cabin after he was "unable to get out of the way" as the barrel was lowered.

An independent Committee of Inquiry will be convened to investigate the circumstances leading to the incident, MINDEF said.

MINDEF and SAF will continue to provide assistance and support to Pang's family, the ministry said in its press release.

SAF training death: How Aloysius Pang got crushed by howitzer gun barrel - infographic

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Pang's brother, Kenny, told reporters on Thursday night that his brother had slipped into an unconscious state by the time his family members arrived in New Zealand.

"None of us can be mentally prepared for any of this … Now, it's just for us to grieve," said Kenny Pang.

Pang's artiste agency, NoonTalk Media, said those who want to pay their last respects to him can do so from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday.

A private wake for the family will be held on Saturday morning.

"We respectfully appreciate the privacy given during this period," the management agency said on its Facebook page.

Aloysius Pang began his career as a child actor at the age of nine. He took a hiatus, but returned to acting in 2012 and picked up awards along the way, including Best Newcomer at the 2015 Star Awards.

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