Aloysius Pang

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Aloysius Pang
冯伟衷
Born
Aloysius Pang Wei Chong (冯伟忠)

(1990-08-24)24 August 1990
Died24 January 2019(2019-01-24) (aged 28)
Cause of deathCrush injuries
Burial placeAshes scattered into the sea near Pulau Ubin, Singapore
NationalitySingaporean
EducationYuying Secondary School
Alma materSingapore Institute of Management University
OccupationActing, Singing, Martial Arts & Magic Performance
Years active1999–2004
2012–2019
AgentNoonTalk Media
FamilyJefferson Pang (brother)
Kenny Pang (brother)
Call sign大神 (Girlfriend Jayley Woo) Aloy, 小瓜(Family), Dai Lo (Buddies Ian Fang and Shane Pow)
Musical career
OriginSingapore
Associated acts8 Dukes of Caldecott Hill
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese馮偉衷
Simplified Chinese冯伟衷
Birth name
Traditional Chinese馮偉忠
Simplified Chinese冯伟忠

Aloysius Pang (Chinese: 冯伟衷; pinyin: Féng Wěizhōng; 24 August 1990 – 24 January 2019) was a Singaporean actor managed under NoonTalk Media. He died on 24 January 2019 at 1:45am NZDT (23 January 2019 at 8:45pm SST)[1] due to serious crush injuries sustained from a military accident while on Operationally Ready National Service reservist training in the Singapore Army, Singapore Armed Forces, aged 28.

Early life and career[edit]

Pang was born in Singapore on 24 August 1990.[2] He had two elder brothers, Jefferson and Kenny.[3] He started acting at the age of nine after he joined an acting class organised by MediaCorp, and starred in children dramas such as My Teacher, My Buddy (1999), Bukit Ho Swee (2002), The Adventures of BBT (2002), A Child's Hope (Season 1, 2003; Season 2, 2004), and I Love My Home (2004). Growing up with the Chinese name of 冯伟忠, Pang later changed the last character of his Chinese name from 忠 to 衷 to reference the old shows he did as a child actor, while retaining its pronunciation. He was nominated for his role as Ding Wei Liang in A Child's Hope in Star Awards 2003 Young Talent Award in Star Awards 2003.[4] He left acting in 2004 after being repeatedly bullied;[5] in a 2015 interview he said he'd "told [MediaCorp] to take my file out and never call [him] again".[6]

In 2012, Pang made his comeback in the lead role of the film Timeless Love, which was directed by Lim Koong Hwee and Singaporean celebrity Dasmond Koh. Pang made his directorial debut in 2014 by directing the music video of Singapore-based singer Gavin Teo's I Understand (我懂了),[7] which also starred Xu Bin and Kimberly Chia.[8]

In 2014, he was named one of the 8 Dukes of Caldecott Hill and went on to win the Best Newcomer at the Star Awards 2015. Pang released his first single "Black Tears" (黑色眼泪) in 2015. It was also announced that Pang would star in Singapore's first cosplay-themed movie, Young & Fabulous. Together with Xu Bin, he also took part in an online variety show produced by NoonTalk Media, called Freshmen (来吧!上课啦!).[9]

From Star Awards 2013 to Star Awards 2016, he was nominated for Favourite Male Character. In Star Awards 2015, he was awarded the Best Newcomer and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor & Rocket. In Star Awards 2016, he was awarded for Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes. In 2016, he joined Dasmond Koh 's company called Frozenage with Xu Bin.[10]

Pang has gotten 1 out of 10 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes from 2016 respectively.

Pang was known for setting aside 10 percent of his pay to thank and bless the production people on set.[11]

On 7 April 2017, in an interview with Mediacorp's Toggle, Pang said that he would not renew his contract with Mediacorp in order to focus on a business he had set up with his brother. The company was named Kairos Green and focused on wood plastic composite.[12]

His most recent project in 2018 was the Original Toggle romance-mystery series From Beijing to Moscow where he made a two-month road trip to China, Mongolia and Russia with Felicia Chin, River Huang and Jojo Goh. It premiered on Toggle in June 2019.[4]

He was to start shooting in February 2019 and take on his first lead role in the upcoming Channel 8 romantic drama My One In a Million, alongside his long-time onscreen partner Carrie Wong before his untimely death.[13] His role was given to Beijing-based local actor Lawrence Wong.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Education[edit]

Pang studied in Pei Chun Public School[16] and Yuying Secondary School.[17] In 2012, he graduated from Singapore Institute of Management University with a diploma in management studies.[18][19]

Death[edit]

On 19 January 2019, while taking part in a live-firing exercise at Waiouru Training Area in New Zealand as an Operationally Ready National Serviceman, Pang entered the cabin of a Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer (SSPH) to troubleshoot a fault. At 7:05 pm NZDT (2:05 pm SST),[20] to enable diagnosis of the fault, the barrel of the howitzer was automatically lowered to neutral position within the cabin. Pang was in the path of the receding barrel and sustained severe crush injuries to his chest and abdomen as a result.[21]

Pang was evacuated by helicopter to the Waiouru Camp Medical Centre and then to Waikato Hospital, where he had abdominal surgery.[20] Despite further surgery and initially being conscious, his condition later deteriorated and he was placed on life support for his heart, lungs and kidneys.[22] He died at the hospital on 24 January 2019 at 1:45 am (NZDT UTC+13) (23 January 2019 8:45 pm SST UTC+8). According to New Zealand laws, before the body could be repatriated back to Singapore, a post-mortem was to be performed with permissions from the family,[23] but it did not proceed as Pang's family did not grant it.[24]

Pang's body was finally repatriated on the following day.[25] A wake began on the morning of 26 January 2019. Initially limited to family and relatives, it was opened to the public from 12pm till 27 January 2019, 12pm. Thousands came to paid their respects, including close friends, media artistes, politicians and fans.[25][26][27] Pang was accorded a military funeral later on 27 January and his casket was moved to the Mandai Crematorium.[28] He was cremated in the evening.[29] His ashes were scattered into the sea off the island of Pulau Ubin the following day. Pang is survived by his parents and two brothers.[30]

Impact and aftermath[edit]

Pang was the first soldier to be injured due to gun lowering while operating the SSPH as claimed by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) in a media release clarifying the safety record of the artillery vehicle.[31] His death sparked renewed concerns about the accountability for and safety of military training, and prompted other national servicemen to share their experiences in the military online.[26][32][33] After Pang's death, MINDEF called for a safety timeout for the Army and halted all training, including strenuous physical exercise, such as jogging, route marches and the Individual Physical Proficiency Test, pending safety reviews.[34]

On 25 January 2019, MINDEF set up a Committee of Inquiry (COI) to investigate the death of Pang. He was also posthumously promoted to the rank of Corporal first class, the highest enlistee rank within the Singapore Armed Forces.[35]

On 1 February 2019, MINDEF announced that the SAF would be setting up a new Inspector-General Office (IGO), which directly reports to the Chief of Defence Force,[36] and absorbing the existing Safety and Systems Review Directorate (SSRD) in the process.[37] It would have full authority to scrutinise and enforce safety processes and practices at all levels.[36] Existing responsibilities of the SSRD include convening external review panels and conduct external benchmarking of safety practices and standards, reviewing safety-related reports including those of the Committees of Inquiry, and reviewing specific MINDEF/SAF systems as required.[37] On 27 February, Brigadier General Tan Chee Wee assumed the Office while simultaneously was appointed to be the Chief of Staff, Joint Staff of SAF.[38]

On 6 May 2019, the findings from the COI was presented in the Singapore Parliament by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.[39] It was found that the primary issue was that the gun barrel was lowered without ensuring that everyone was in a safe position. There was no evidence indicating foul play or deliberate acts found. At the time of accident, Pang was together with a NSMan gun commander, 3SG(NS) Hubert Wah, aged 31 and a Military Expert technician, ME2 Ivan Teo, aged 35.[40] Pang did not move away from the gun barrel as required in the operating procedures, claiming that he would not be hit. Both Wah and Teo miscalculated the space in the cabin and the time needed for the barrel to be lowered, and Wah, proceed to lower the gun barrel. After the gun barrel has been lowered for a time, Pang began to move away however it was too late and was caught between the end of the barrel and the top of the cabin above him. Both Wah and Teo tried to stop the barrel from lowering though the main screen screen and manually resisting the motion of the barrel, instead of activating the emergency stop buttons located at their respective positions in the howitzer. The COI stated the safety lapses were preventable if the standard operating procedures were followed. The External Review Panel on SAF Safety has also recommended to SAF to do more to improve on the 'weak' safety culture.[41]

On 31 July 2019, Teo and Wah were charged under the Singapore Armed Forces Act and the Penal Code in a military court for causing death under rash and/or negligent acts and for disobeying military general orders.[40] On 19 November 2019, they pleaded guilty and were sentenced on the same day with Wah and Teo fined $8,000 and $7,000 respectively. Should the fine not be paid, Wah and Teo would be detained for 40 days and 35 days respectively. Wah would also be demoted from the rank of Third Sergeant to Corporal.[42] The Pang family had requested for a lenient sentence, saying that "one loss is enough. Other parents' sons have a life ahead of them."[43]

Tributes[edit]

A video tribute to Pang was aired on Channel 8 on 31 January 2019.[8] On 14 April 2019, a special memoriam was given during the 2019 Star Awards ceremony, where performers Xu Bin, Timothee Yap, Zong Zijie and Gavin Teo performed the song Voices From My Heart 小人物的心声 while montages of Pang were shown. However the Honorary TV Award, a posthumous award for artistes who contributed significantly to the industry, was not presented.[44]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album Notes Ref
2015 Black Tears 黑色眼泪[45] non-album single Available on Spotify [citation needed]

Drama OST[edit]

Year Drama Title Song Title Other Singer(s) Notes Ref
2015 Life - Fear Not
人生无所谓
一样 Carrie Wong
黄思恬
Sub-theme Song
插曲
[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Ref
2018 Oh! Squints III Yang Dao Ren [citation needed]
2016 Young & Fabulous
最佳伙扮
Royston Chio [citation needed]
2013 Everybody's Business
人人有份
Meng [citation needed]
2013 Oh! Squints II Yang Dao Ren [citation needed]
2012 Timeless Love
那个夏天
Morgan [citation needed]

TV series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2019 From Beijing to Moscow
北京到莫斯科
Kenneth
  • Toggle original series.
  • Posthumous release.
[citation needed]
2018 Follow Your Heart
设计爱情
N/A
  • Noontalk Media Production
[citation needed]
29 February
229 明天见
Ye Zhixin
叶知新
[citation needed]
Love At Cavenagh Bridge
加文纳桥的约定
Jackie
杰奇
  • Toggle Original Series
  • Cameo
[citation needed]
Ghost AR
鬼上路
Shawn Koh Yizheng 许一正
  • Toggle Original Series
[citation needed]
2017 My Friends From Afar
知星人
Chen Xianglin
陈祥林
[citation needed]
My Alien Girlfriend
我的知星女友
  • Cameo
  • Toggle Original Series
[citation needed]
Dream Coder
梦想程式
He Jianming
何建明
[citation needed]
2016 You Can Be an Angel 2
你也可以是天使2
Li Longhua
李龙华
[citation needed]
The Gentlemen
来自水星的男人
Zhang Naiyi
张乃祎
[citation needed]
The Truth Seekers
真探
Jiang Xiaodong
江小洞
  • Cameo
[citation needed]
My First School
快乐第一班
Li Yonghui
李泳辉
[citation needed]
Life - Fear Not
人生无所畏
Zhuang Daoren
庄道仁
  • 120-episode long form drama
[citation needed]
2015 Hand In Hand
手牵手
Hong Meizhi
洪美志
[citation needed]
The Journey: Our Homeland
信约:我们的家园
Hong Guo'an
洪国安
  • Cameo
[citation needed]
118 Himself
  • Cameo
[citation needed]
Super Senior
长辈甜心
Dong Haoyuan
董浩元
[citation needed]
Tiger Mum
虎妈来了
Chen Haolian
陈浩廉
[citation needed]
Love?
限量爱情
Aloysius
  • Cameo
[citation needed]
Good Luck
百岁大吉
Lin Jiayuan
林家元
[citation needed]
You Can Be an Angel Too
你也可以是天使
Li Longhua
李龙华
[citation needed]
2014 Mystic Whispers
Zhiguang
  • Cameo
  • Toggle Original Series
[citation needed]
Against The Tide
逆潮
Zhao Keji
赵克己
  • Cameo
[citation needed]
World at Your Feet
球在你脚下
Fang Yangming
方扬名
[citation needed]
Served H.O.T.
烧。卖
He Tailong
何泰龙
[citation needed]
2013 I'm in Charge
小子当家
Wang Jiahao
王家豪
[citation needed]
C.L.I.F. 2
警徽天职2
Jiang Yongzhe
江永哲
[citation needed]
It's a Wonderful Life
好运到
Young Hao Huihuang
年轻郝辉煌
  • Younger version of Ha Yu
  • Cameo
[citation needed]
2012 It Takes Two
对对碰
Hao Zhijie
郝志杰
[citation needed]
Poetic Justice
微笑正义
Derek
  • Cameo
[citation needed]
2004 I Love My Home
我爱我家
Xu Lizhong
许立忠
[citation needed]
A Child's Hope 2
孩有明天2
Tang Yongjun
唐勇俊
[citation needed]
2003 A Child's Hope
孩有明天
Ding Weiliang
丁伟良
[citation needed]
2002 The Adventures of BBT
BBT的奇妙假期
Superglue
万能胶
[citation needed]
Bukit Ho Swee
河水山
Ah Cai
阿财

Storm Riders 旋风小侦探

[citation needed]
2001 In Pursuit of Peace
何日军再来
Ah Dai
阿呆
[citation needed]
1999 My Teacher, My Buddy
小飞人
Pang Dayu
庞大禹
[citation needed]

Telemovie[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2015 Two Boys and a Mermaid Aaron
  • First English-speaking role.
[46]

Songs[edit]

Year English title Mandarin title Ref
2015 MediaCorp Music Lunar New Year Album 15 新传媒群星金羊添吉祥 [citation needed]
2016 MediaCorp Music Lunar New Year Album 16 新传媒群星金猴添喜庆 [citation needed]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result Ref
2003 Star Awards 2003 Young Talent Award A Child's Hope
(as Ding Weiliang)
Nominated [citation needed]
2013 Star Awards 2013 Favourite Male Character It Takes Two
(as Hao Zhijie)
Nominated [citation needed]
2014 Star Awards 2014 Favourite Male Character I'm In Charge
(as Wang Jiahao)
Nominated [citation needed]
2015 Star Awards 2015 Star Awards for Most Popular Regional Artiste (Indonesia) N/A Nominated [citation needed]
Favourite Male Character World At Your Feet
(as Fang Yangming)
Nominated [citation needed]
Best Supporting Actor Against The Tide
(as Zhao Keji)
Nominated [citation needed]
Rocket Award Nominated [citation needed]
Best Newcomer N/A Won [citation needed]
Toggle Outstanding Duke Award N/A Nominated [citation needed]
2016 Star Awards 2016 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Won [citation needed]
Toggle Most Beloved Celebrity BFF award (With Xu Bin) N/A Nominated [citation needed]
2018 Star Awards 2018 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Nominated [citation needed]

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