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SMRT executive arrested for drink driving

SINGAPORE — An SMRT executive was arrested for drink driving at the Woodlands Checkpoint during the wee hours of Saturday (April 21).

SINGAPORE — An SMRT executive was arrested for drink driving at the Woodlands Checkpoint during the wee hours of Saturday (April 21).

Responding to TODAY’s queries, rail operator SMRT declined to name the executive but asked for privacy for its staff member, who is reportedly SMRT Trains chief operations officer (rail) Alvin Kek.

SMRT vice-president for corporate communications Margaret Teo said the matter is currently under police investigation, and it was “not appropriate for the company to comment as it concerns a personal matter”.

“We request that the privacy of our staff, especially under the circumstances of his recent bereavement, be respected,” Ms Teo added, without elaborating.

A police spokesman told TODAY they have arrested a 50-year-old man at about 5am at the land checkpoint for drink driving, without providing details of the suspect. Investigations are ongoing.

A Straits Times report had identified the suspect as Mr Kek. A former Chief Engineer Officer with the Singapore Armed Forces, Mr Kek was previously SMRT’s senior vice president for rail operations (North South East West Lines), before he assumed his current appointment earlier this year.

Earlier this week, SMRT announced that Mr Neo Kian Hong, who is currently the Permanent Secretary for Defence Development, will replace Mr Desmond Kuek as chief executive officer from August.

 

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