THE death of Singaporean actor Aloysius Pang in New Zealand is being probed for any element of negligence, reported Guang Ming Daily.
Singapore Defence Force chief Lt-Gen Melvyn Ong said the armed forces had set up an independent investigative body to look into the incident.
He also announced the halting of all high-risk activities in the armed forces’ training.
He said focus would now be on the safety aspect of the drills, with measures being drawn up to reduce the pace of training.
During the incident on Jan 19, Cpl First Class (National Service) Pang, 28, an armament technician, was crushed by a lowered gun barrel in the howitzer he was repairing.
The reservist, who sustained injuries on multiple organs, died on Wednesday.
> Jack Ma says online payment via mobile phones is made for the poor, who have readily accepted it after its emergence in recent years, according to a Nanyang Siang Pau report.
“A lot of people, be they able-bodied or disabled, can’t find jobs. But on the Internet, they serve people so well that they have jobs.
“Today, the data and Internet technology is designed for businesses.
“The first credit card emerged for the rich before its usage spread to other people.
“But for mobile phone payment, first it was designed for the poor. Can you imagine that since its introduction in China years ago, there have only been a tiny number of credit cards?
“But in China, Alipay has received support from more than 700 million people,” the newspaper quoted the Alibaba Group founder as saying at a talk at the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Wednesday.
Alipay is a third party mobile and online payment platform started by the e-commerce giant in 2004.
> Hong Kong actress Candy Law has expressed her wish to retire in Malaysia, although she doesn’t plan to bring her three sons over, China Press reported.
“My father is an overseas Chinese from Malaysia. The properties are cheaper in Malaysia than in Hong Kong, and a suitable investment for Hong Kong residents.
“Moreover, I love the food here and have no communication problem. I intend to start a business and retire here,” said the 54-year-old, adding that for now she still had to work to cover the expenses of her 13-year-old son who is still studying.
Her other two boys are aged 22 and 20.
? The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.