All strenous activity, including jogging and IPPT, has been suspended temporarily as part of an SAF safety timeout. This comes on the tails of actor Aloysius Pang’s death on Jan 24, due to injuries sustained during a training exercise in New Zealand.
Responding to queries by Channel NewsAsia, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said that “all training ceases during the safety timeout”.
“A safety timeout, implemented, applies to all forms of strenuous physical activity, including the Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT), IPPT Preparatory Training (IPT) and Remedial Training (RT).”
5BX (five basic exercises), jogging, route marches and field training are also among the activities included in the safety timeout.
This is to temporarily lower the training pace while investigations are being carried out following Aloysius Pang’s death. (Also, any more deaths will result in a larger scandal for the SAF. There has already been 8 deaths in the past 12 months).
“Each case is independent and implementation of safety timeout is dependent on the assessment of reviews of training and safety management plans.”MINDEF
Its duration is indefinite, but maybe our NS men will enjoy the break. And hopefully, more light will be shed on Aloysius Pang’s tragic passing and measures put into place.