In a Ministerial Statement delivered in Parliament today (Feb. 11), Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen gave more details on the circumstances leading up to the death of actor Aloysius Pang.
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Ng shared that as the death occurred in New Zealand, the Singapore Police Force does not have jurisdiction there.
Instead, the case will be investigated by the Singapore Armed Forces’ Special Investigation Branch (SIB).
Ng said that he would share as much information in his statement as possible, without prejudicing the Committee of Inquiry and SIB investigations which he said would be conclusive and authoritative.
He called for members of Parliament to not draw conclusions based on the facts he laid out in his statement.
Qualified to handle SSPH
Ng shared that Pang, along with the two other servicemen in the Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer (SSPH), were trained and qualified to perform their duties on the SSPH.
Pang had been trained to handle the SSPH since his time as a full-time National Serviceman (NSF), and this was his seventh In-Camp Training exercise.
He had also attended a two-day refresher course on basic functional checks and troubleshooting of the SSPH during his previous ICT in Feb.