Aloysius Pang’s passing shakes the nation

Aloysius Pang

Recently, the passing of Aloysius Pang Wei Chong – a former Mediacorp artiste – after an accident during his reservist has shocked many Singaporeans. The 28-year-old Singaporean suffered injuries as a result of an accident during the manning of a military vehicle. When the news came out on 24 January that the dire situation had taken a turn for the worse, the public were devastated from such a sudden loss.

Aloysius’ girlfriend, Jayley Woo, also took to Instagram to express her grief of the situation, as she mentioned the pain she felt when she heard the news, knowing that he was planning to propose to her soon. His family also addressed the situation on his social media page, whereby Aloysius’ brother explained that the loss of Aloysius had indeed been hard for the family, and mentioned that there was little hope of recovery even before his confirmed passing.

Aloysius started his acting career at only 9 years old in 1999, and subsequently participated in the making of several television dramas and film projects. After taking a hiatus at the age of 14 due to the stress of being in the spotlight, he returned to the acting circuit at the age of 22. He even received the Best Newcomer award at the 红星大奖 (Mediacorp Star Awards) in 2015. However in 2017, he parted ways with Mediacorp with the intention to pursue plans for a startup company – but was still open to joining filming projects as a freelancer as he still had a passion for acting. Since then, he joined a new media broadcasting company and acted in new projects, such as the Toggle original ‘Love At Cavenagh Bridge’ which aired in 2018. He was even set to film and act in Channel 8’s upcoming drama ‘My One In A Million’ in February 2019.

With the Singapore acting circle being relatively small, to have a familiar face disappear from our small screens would certainly form a lasting impact on our hearts. Personally, Aloysius Pang had been one of the few actors I recognized on cable networks, ever since I was young enough to watch it. As I grew up, so did his roles on television, and if ever someone were to ask me what a Singaporean celebrity was, I would usually say “Aloysius Pang” with confidence. To have older brothers who have finished their National Service and would also have to do reservist in the future, this incident really spoke to my heart. To think that Aloysius was also somebody’s brother or somebody’s son is painful, and I wish that such terrible incidences would not happen again in the future. It was a harsh lesson to be learnt, be it for the operators of the military vehicle or the supervisors of the situation, and I’m certain they would not let an unfortunate accident like this pass without reflecting on how to prevent such accidents in the future. Although the death of Aloysius Pang has been something unexpected, he will certainly be remembered fondly by many Singaporeans for his passion for acting and good-natured soul.




Jaime Ng

4 Truth



Immigration policies in America

Immigration...In old warehouses, hundreds of children wait in metal cages. Clutching pictures of their parents, as many as twenty children per cage lie on foil sheets intended to serve as blankets. This is the situation in America right now. 

Public outrage and backlash has been sparked throughout the world as news of the recent zero-tolerance immigration policy has surfaced. More and more reports of crying children ripped away from their parents and kept in cages have been released, causing many to protest and condemn the methods used by the US government. In one such report, Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said:”The Government is literally taking kids away from their parents and leaving them in inappropriate conditions. If a parent left a child in a cage with no supervision with other 5-year-olds, they’d be held accountable.” Indeed, her words ring with truth and no doubt cast light over this particular situation.

One victim of these immigration laws is Rómulo González, who had his right eye torn out during a kidnapping which cost his family $13,500 to free him. Fearing another attack he decided to seek asylum in the US.González was detained and his three-year-old daughter Genesis was taken away from him.

Thousands of people have rallied in the U.S. capital and in cities across the United States in protest of these immigration policies. Hundreds of demonstrations were scheduled across the country, amid mounting anger about the policy which has resulted in thousands of migrant children being separated from their parents. In a square opposite the White House, protesters chanted “Shame! Shame!” Some carried signs saying “Where are the children?” and “Stop cruelty” and “We are America.”

Personally, I am torn between two perspectives in this case. On the one hand, illegal immigration undermines legal immigration. There are several million people who have been waiting a long time to be granted American citizenships, and illegal immigration is unfair towards them. It is somewhat like some people cutting queues when other people have already been standing in line a long time However, one the other hand, illegal immigrants are simply trying to create a better future for themselves and their children. They may have been in danger in their own country and not have the time to wait for citizenship. They are ordinary people that were in a bad situation and tried to get out of it to protect their families. It seems that in these situations, there is no right answer.

On another note, many admirable American citizens have emerged in light of the recent affairs. The protests and marches held no doubt took hours of planning, and show their ability to work together and stand up for what is right. It also exemplifies their ability to empathise with other human beings, and I am filled with respect for their attitude.

In conclusion, I feel that there is simply no easy fix in this case. However, I hope that these young children receive adequate care and are returned to their parents soon, so that they can face whatever will happen to them together.

Ashley Sia

1 Purity

The Chinese New Year Dog Circus Controversy


The recent celebration of the Lunar New Year welcomes the brand new year of the dog. We have seen Lo Hei dishes designed into a dog’s face, pineapple tarts made to look like a cute puppy’s head, but the most infamous celebratory event of all would be “the first and only dog circus from China” – the Chinese New Year Dog Circus.

The circus sparked off a controversy the day it started ticket sales last December. A petition was started by a Singaporean, Ms Summer Ong, who actively opposed to the idea of this circus taking place as she felt it promoted animal cruelty. One act that was supposed to be showcased was of poodles juggling circus props and performing acts such as ring stunts, acrobatics and many more. Ms Ong felt that such acts were “severely archaic, cruel and unethical”, and she expressed her deep disappointment towards Sistic and Resorts World Sentosa for allowing such shows to be put up in Singapore when they should be promoting an animal-friendly society. Her petition garnered a total of 7236 signatures in the short span of a day. Needless to say, this episode started debates between netizens on whether such performances were considered abuse, with the majority supporting Ms Ong’s stand. In response to this unexpected backlash, organizers stopped ticket sales and cancelled the show.

I feel that Ms Ong’s point on how animal cruelty should not be tolerated stands true. However, I feel that it is important for us to consider and understand the context as to whether the animals were brutally forced to perform as well. The topic of ethics brought up in this news highlights how there are always two different point of views, none of which are wrong. If the dogs are well-fed, does this mean that the dogs have been tortured because they are involved in the performances? Thus, I believe that all in all, it is best to leave animals alone in their natural habitats. This would not only prevent such controversies from surfacing in the future, but it will most importantly, show our basic respect to another living being.


Renee Ong

4 Unity

Headlines: Bringing life to the world



On 7th April, while it was really early in the morning, three SCDF officers managed to successfully deliver a baby and “brought life into the world”.

It was around 7.45 am when it happened. Pregnant 29 year old, Keryn Toh, suddenly suffered an intense contraction in her flat in Novena and became paralyzed with pain. Her husband, Mr Ho, immediately alerted the paramedics and started pacing worriedly in the carpark. By the time they arrived, it was too late. Ms Toh’s water bag had burst and the baby’s head could already be seen. There was no time to take her to the hospital and they had to deliver the baby right then and there.

Mr Ho was in good hands despite his concerns of the paramedics’ experiences. At 8.15 am, they delivered a healthy baby boy. Shortly after the incident, Mr Ho attempted to send these three SCDF officers a hamper. However, they rejected it, saying that SCDF does not accept gifts. Mr Ho then took to social media to pen down his gratitude to the officers.

In my opinion, I fully understand what Mr Ho was trying to do. I think that we should try to be more appreciative towards our defence officers, in this case the SCDF officers. Most of the time, we don’t really thank or notice the people who make our country as peaceful and safe as they can be. However, if we actually start to appreciate these officers, we can see how much time and effort they sacrifice for our country. We can learn to be grateful as well in this process.

Just like how we say ‘thank you’ to our canteen uncles and aunties or to our cleaners in our school, we can do so too to our officers. Although it would be weird to say ‘thank you’ to a patrolling police officer, we can say a silent ‘thank you’ and be thankful that we have such officers protecting our country.

Rachel Lie

1 Purity

Kim Jong-un’s half-brother ‘assassinated by two female agents using poisoned needles’ in Malaysia

khuA shocking, horrific and appalling event happened recently. It took place right at our doorstep – Malaysia. Kim Jong-un’s half-brother was ‘assassinated by two female agents using poisoned needles’ in Malaysia.

Shocking images show Kim Jong-nam slumped in a chair having been poisoned.



South Korean intelligence claims that Kim Jong-un ‘ordered’ half-brother’s killing and that North’s foreign ministry and ministry of national security had recruited the two female suspects in his murder. South Korean lawmaker Kim Byung-kee said in a televised address, “The assassination of Kim Jong Nam was an act of systematic terror ordered by Kim Jong Un.”


Kim Jong Nam was accosted by two women at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13, while on his way to board a plane to the Chinese-territory of Macau.

He died on his way to hospital, less than 20 minutes later, according to Malaysian investigators, who said the women had attacked him with a VX nerve agent.


One of the suspects.

Autopsy results from Kim Jong Nam’s body showed that he had died within 15 to 20 minutes after the assault. Even though the Indonesian suspect, 25-year-old Aisyah, told the Indonesian deputy ambassador to Malaysia that she believed she was taking part in a prank when she rubbed the substance on Kim’s face and believed it was baby oil but Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar has firmly rejected her story, saying both women were “trained to swab the deceased’s face.”

Despite all evidences pointing to the fact that North Korea initiated the assassination,  North Korea has consistently denied any involvement in Kim Jong Nam’s killing and accused South Korean media of publishing “false reports.”

Malaysian authorities are still holding Kim’s body and won’t turn it over until they receive a next-of-kin DNA sample, dental profiling and body marks to identify the victim.

Personally, I was appalled at this sudden news because it happened at our door step – Malaysia. Kim Jong-un inhumane act made me questioned humanity because no matter how much hate he harboured against his half-brother, how could he commit such an abhorrent crime? This reflects badly on his character to show how he can be so heartless and brutal when it comes to assassinating his potential rivals.

Ming Ting



Headlines- ‘I only have half a brain’

A girl named Jodie was three when she started having seizures, and she was diagnosed with a rare disease, Rasmussen’s encephalitis.

Jodie had her first seizure when she was at her day care playing,and the next thing she knew she was in an ambulance. Lynn Miller, Jodie’s mother, said she went to the hospital and just watched Jodie. Jodie had a seizure again the next day, but nothing the doctors did worked.

Jodie then started having seizures regularly, constantly falling to the left and it got really bad that one of her family members had to be at her left side all the time. Jodie even started having seizures every three minutes!

Jodie’s condition causes chronic inflammation of the brain, usually in one hemisphere. The doctors explained that there was only one way to treat her, and it was to take out the half of the brain that was affected. The doctors hoped that if they removed Jodie’s right side of her brain, the left side would compensate and take over the right side’s functions.

Jodie had the operation the same year, when she was three. It was a success and her seizures stopped. Before the operation, her  rain might have even started to rewire itself! However, the signs of what had happened was limited movement in Jodie’s left arm and a limp. Jodie is still very positive despite only having half a brain.

Imagine taking out half of your brain. Life may be a bit awkward for you if people know that you only have half a brain, but according to Jodie, her life was no different than anybody else. She has been married for four years and has been living with her husband. Jodie is very grateful to her parents for what they did, because if she had the surgery any later, she might not be alive today.

I think that Jodie’s story is really touching. Despite only having half a brain she is still positive and thinks that her life is no different than a normal person’s life. We should all learn to be like Jodie, to be positive and never give up.




-Desiree Lim

1 Grace

Headlines: More than 600 animals, including a cheetah, were born last year in Singapore wildlife parks

Wildlife parks in Singapore welcomed more than 600 baby animals last year, including a cheetah and some endangered species native to Southeast Asia (SEA). Saving a cheetah cub, Deka, was one of the highlights at the Singapore Zoo, said Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) in a press release on Wednesday (Feb 15) that revealed the births.

The zoo, Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and River Safari make up the four parks managed by WRS.Deka was abandoned by her inexperienced first-time mother after she was born on Oct 3.Vets and keepers made the decision to save the cub by hand-raising her. Starting out weak and malnourished, Deka spent her first four days in the animal hospital. Vets and keepers then worked tirelessly to provide round-the-clock care for the next two months until she was strong enough to be independent, said WRS. Today, she is an active and healthy juvenile that enjoys sprinting about her play area.

Cheetahs are considered a vulnerable species with only 7,100 left in the wild.

Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, WRS deputy CEO and chief life sciences officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “Each animal baby born and hatched in our parks is an ambassador in their own right. Individually, they represent their wild counterparts, but collectively they embody the need to conserve not just each individual species but the environment as a whole. “Examples of the threatened SEA animals are the Sunda pangolin, painted terrapin, proboscis monkey, Bali mynah and black-winged starling, WRS said.

The Singapore Zoo has also seen the birth of 30 proboscis monkeys since 1999, the highest number outside of their native Indonesia. Nine painted terrapins, one of SEA’s most endangered freshwater turtle species also hatched in April last year.

The Night Safari’s newborn included three fennec foxes and two Sunda pangolins. The parents of the foxes were kept illegally as pets before they were confiscated by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore. The foxes will make their debut in the park’s Creatures of the Night show as ambassadors against keeping exotic pets. The Sunda pangolin is considered one of the most trafficked mammals in the world and the Night Safari has been successful in caring for and breeding them.

Over at the Jurong Bird Park, four Bali mynahs and three black-winged starlings hatched last year. Both species are popular in the illegal songbird trade and are critically endangered. Animal families in the River Safari also expanded, with the births of a manatee calf, four baby otters, an emperor tamarin and three ocellate river stingrays.

Dr Cheng said: “We have a mission to protect and conserve biodiversity in Singapore and the region, and are happy to report that our animal care team did well in breeding some of the rarest South-east Asian animals in 2016.”

Rachel Tay




Headlines : AYE Car Crash

carOn the morning of 19 December 2016, an massive accident occurred on AYE involving four cars, a motorcycle and a bus. It had left one dead and four injured. A Mercedes car had gone against traffic as seen from the dashcam video that had captured the entire accident with the car sitting on the left-most lane, facing the wrong direction. The deceased, a 37-year-old man was found trapped in the driver’s seat of a car and was pronounced dead by paramedics. Another two women and two men were taken to National University Hospital. One woman was a passenger of another car while the man and the woman were riding on the motorcycle. The 53-year-old male car driver, Lim Chai Heng, was arrested for causing death by rash act.

Personally, I feel very put off by the selfish act that had caused this accident. Just because of Lim Chai Heng’s decision to drive against the traffic flow, not to mention the fact that he was sober at that time, he caused a woman to lose her husband, a mother to lose her son. He probably even caused financial problems for the injured victims. This shows that there is a chain effect for every decision one makes and I really hope that Singaporeans will take this as a learning opportunity and a warning not to make rash and insensible decisions in future.


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Rachael Fong





Late last year, Twitter’s controversial announcement to shut down Vine, without a reason, was met with much anger and disappointment.

Vine, launched in 2013, was a six-second video sharing app, and had defined a new era of video revolution in many social media networks, as well as a being a huge source of humorous videos, memes, and even experimental movies. It had helped shape a huge part of the pop culture we see today. And to discontinue it without a valid reason had triggered many critique response from the Vine community.

The Vine website is now only an archive of the videos previously created, and Vine users can save them before January 17, when Vine Camera is activated.

The format of Vine Camera is nearly identical to that of Vine, except it is not a platform, but merely a tool. Likes and comments have become non-existent, and videos created are either shared on Twitter, or saved to the user’s device. However, it is much harder to find videos on Twitter compared to the video- friendly Vine, and fans might have trouble looking for the videos they liked.

The people who suffered the greatest impact were definitely the stars who rose to fame with their six-second videos, who established their bases at Vine. Many have now taken to other platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram or YouTube, but it is just not the same anymore.

However, knowing pop culture, the termination of Vine will definitely bring on a new concept for social media platforms soon, and I anticipate what is yet to come.


Chen Yu Yang (2T)



Headlines: Underwater Life around Sisters’ Islands


Underwater life around the offshore Sisters’ Islands will now be better protected, after Parliament passed laws to designate the area as a public park.

This new law states that it will be an offence to fish, collect corals or moor boats within the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park without the approval of the National Parks Board (NParks). Currently, the terrestrial areas of the islands are already protected under the law, and the latest change makes clear that the marine and foreshore areas, too, are to be safeguarded. Also, it is an offence for people to release animals into water bodies outside nature reserves, to prevent the introduction of non-native species, which can upset the balance of the natural ecosystem and harm native species

Senior Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee said that protecting the reefs at the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park is crucial to our coral conservation efforts, and that NParks will make new rules specific to marine parks in due course, such as imposing restrictions on diving, and the movement of vessels. This will be done in consultation with the marine conservation community and other stakeholders, such as boat operators.

Mr Lee also said his ministry would work with nature groups and use science and technology to determine if other areas should be designated as marine parks. He added that the Sisters’ Islands site was chosen based on the richness of species and habitats there, as well as its importance as a source of coral larvae. Scientists had found that the reefs there are the “mother reef” of sorts, and the waters around them are the likely source of Singapore’s coral diversity.

Another amendment to the law allows NParks officers to have the power to enter private premises to check on the condition of trees and plants if there are public safety concerns. The officers can also issue notices requiring private property owners to carry out pruning or engage an arborist to conduct detailed inspections, among other thing

Germaine Ong