After posting on FB “off to serve my country,” Aloysius Pang ‘bei ya shang” undergoes 5-hour operation

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Singaporean actor on reservist Aloysius Pang never thought that after his FB post to “serve his country,” he will undergo a near-death experience that triggered extreme worry and curiosity among thousands of Asian supporters and movie buffs.

Pang, who holds the rank of Corporal First Class (National Service), suffered injuries to the chest and abdominal areas after the Jan 19 accident, the Ministry of Defense (MiINDEF) said in a statement.

In stable condition

According to Dr. Teo Li Tserng, Chief of Trauma at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, the actor underwent two operations but his condition at present has already stabilised.

The media was provided with a video recording with Dr. Teo saying that Mr. Pang is “awake, alert and breathing on his own, not requiring any mechanical ventilation.”

Pang’s manager Mr. Dasmond Koh said the actor “bei ya shang (was crushed)”, without elaborating. Speaking in Mandarin, Koh was quoted as saying “Until Mindef completes and releases the full investigative report on what happened, it would not be right for us to say or speculate any more.”

“Aloysius has spoken with his mother, and I know that they talked a bit about work. He loves to work and he told his mum that he hopes to recover quickly so that he can return to work as soon as possible,” Koh informed the media.

“However, I would prefer it if he gets adequate rest for at least six months. I don’t actually know how much resting time he needs, but I would prefer him to take a lengthy break to recover,” concludes Mr. Koh.

Showbiz commitments on hold

Mr. Pang has been scheduled to begin taping Channel 8’s romantic drama “My One In A Million” in February right after the Chinese New Year. He is likewise lined up to be the male lead alongside the likes of Carrie Wong and James Seah.

In a statement to media, Ms. Karen Yew, Head of corporate marketing and communications at Mediacorp, said: “Aloysius’ manager has informed us that he will need to focus on his recovery over a period of time. This will require us to recast his role in “My One In A Million.”

“Aloysius is a highly talented and professional actor and a joy to work with. Our doors will be open for him when he is ready, and we look forward to his full and speedy recovery” says Ms. Yew.