Chief Operations Officer of SMRT Trains arrested for drink driving at Woodlands Checkpoint


SMRT’s chief operations officer for rail was arrested at Woodlands Checkpoint this morning for drink driving. One of the group’s top executives, 50-year-old Alvin Kek was just promoted to chief operations officer for rail from his former post as senior vice-president for rail operations two months ago, on 1 Feb 2018.

Kek, who has been working for SMRT since 2013, presently oversees rail operations along the North-South and East-West Lines, the Circle Line and the Bukit Panjang LRT network. Prior to his employment with SMRT, he was a colonel and a chief engineering officer with the Singapore Armed Forces, where he spent 14 years.

SMRT’s vice-president for corporate communications Margaret Teo told reporters: “This matter is currently under police investigation. It is 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.” It is believed that Kek’s father passed away recently.

The police would only say that the arrest of a 50-year-old took place at 5am at Woodlands Checkpoint but declined to release further details. Investigations are ongoing.


  1. Don’t worry lah. There are plenty more paper generals of his ‘caliber’ in SAF for SMRT to select from to replace him if necessary. Maybe the prerequisites must be tightened up to include ‘must be able to hold his liquor’ for the replacement COO.

  2. Many of us also encountered demised of our loved ones. He is 50 years old leh , I feel he should be mature enough to know that no matter how much we grief …it is not an excuse to drink and drive lorh . Aiyo how could a so high post officer in a public transport coy committed such an offence .

  3. This is the problem of deploying these paper generals to area not related to what they have been trained for. But it seems like the pap is still not willing to accept this fact, to continue to nominate another paper general to be their new CEO

  4. With so many crabs in SMRT we sure getting a lot crabs from them. The incoming CEO sure going 2 bring in more his own crabs into SMRT. I keep wondering what crab experiences in the army are revelant to take up senior positions in rail industry. But when come to junior positions, they are so strict to insist the applicants should have relevant rail experiences.