SMRT Trains Chief Operations Officer was with a Chinese woman at the time of arrest for drink driving

More details surrounding the arrest of SMRT Chief Operations Officer for rail have been emerging. The senior executive, 50-year-old Alvin Kek, was arrested at Woodlands Checkpoint on Saturday morning for drink driving.

According to the Chinese daily, Kek was with a female passenger from China when he was arrested. Both Kek and the female passenger, who is believed to be in her 30s, did not bring their passports with them as they allegedly did not have the intention to drive into Malaysia.

The Chinese daily reported that Kek allegedly believed he was driving home, only to find himself at Woodlands checkpoint.

Kek is presently out on bail and deleted his social media accounts one day after his arrest. Reporters even visited the home of Kek and saw two boys and a woman in her 40s, who is believed to be Kek’s wife, entering Kek’s home.

One of the group’s top executives, 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.

Shortly before his arrest, Kek had delivered a talk on how accountability and teamwork can help ensure safety, at an SMRT event.

When news of Kek’s arrest broke, 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.

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


  1. He probably can submit ground sentiments for evaluation since he’ll be taking the MRT every day to work. That is, if he still gets to keep his job~~

  2. What his wife has to say about that? Then what his employer, the government has to say about that? Then will someone stir in grave? Then… Then… Then will the Generals leave SMRT alone? Then will they be confined in barracks? Then will their salaries he reduced? Then.,. Then.,.

  3. Really LOL!

    No intentions….. believed was driving home….. so it’s either dead drunk or someone’s moving the joystick and hence changed course.

    Simi excuse ah?

  4. Father passed away, have family, drinking, wrongly took a turn to the causeway, have chinese woman, smrt spokesperson say don’t disturb him.
    For smrt execs, i believe will still come out clean.

  5. Excusese,excuses,excuses……OK.LAH
    Super clean records,paper scholars maybe. So most probably stern warning, a slap on the wrist and small amount summons. End of the day goes home happily ever after to family. Oh the lady companion is wife business partner lah. No harm done. All forgiven.

  6. you can make U-turn if you enter there by mistake… it happened to me during a heavy rain day. I was not drunk so they allowed me to turn back…

  7. Lame excuse. Drink driving already an offence , as Long as you are at driver seat. Why give yourself so much reasons. Under the law, it will be a jail term. No excuse for that.

    • Anthony Tan : 1st time offender: ban 12-18 months of driving, with a fine and alternatively imprisonment not more than 6 months. It all depends on how high the alcohol level in the body. Being said that, this colonel will simply get a fine cos alcohol limit will be off record

    • Agree. Drink driving is a deplorable offence as offender thinks nothing of other people’s lives.
      Is that the attitude he brings to work every day?

    • Peh Teck Sin Ermm wrong phrasing. Its not AND. Its “A fine and/or an imprisonment not more than 6 months”. In other words, if you pay the fine for first offenders, you will not get imprisonment. Once again, only the rich can escape prison, which end up leading to many problems down ahead which cost lives.

    • Anthony Tan he should get double punishment cause he is chief operation office of a public Transport company. If not all public Transport driver all drink and drive. 杀一进百。

    • SMRT PR comments very high level one ! got bereavement is a factor to mitigate for wrong doing urh? in this case screwing around and intoxication is ok then ! every days many bereavements happenings so Karaoke good business de !! lol !

  8. Leaders of men should be resilient and should not buckle so easily. If a recent bereavement can affect him so badly that he resorted to binge drinking, then he is not suitable to be a leader. Drank until can lost his way is terrible.

  9. Drink until high liao wanna go JB for short time but kenna caught.
    Then realise didn’t have passport..

    He must have told himself..WTF…KNN…why drive to checkpoint moreover didn’t bring passport….
    Really damn suey..
    The china lady high already what just want to song and also didn’t realise he drive her to checkpoint…
    Must be fucking him like hell now.

  10. SMRT COO doesn’t know where he is going, does daily train knows where it’s going??????????????????. Hmm, have anyone seen a “DRUNK TRAIN”.?????????????

  11. Drink driving is already a serious offense and can amount to jail term with a hefty fine !!! Who cares if you are going JB or not ….. the problem with these so-called elites is that they think upon themselves as “perfect” beings and in events of happenings gone wrong , will fine 1001 excuses to cover up ? Whereas for other ppl , little little matter , seek for public apology and such ?….
    This is yours truely Sinkiepore .

  12. What a story to spin. Talk about news being distorted. I don’t know why the ST won’t just tell it like it is.
    Simply that he was with a Female Chinese National who was not his Wife and driving into JB in the early hours of the morning. Seriously I find it hard to swallow the story that they didn’t have their passports with them and that they made the wrong turn. I do hope that the Police don’t try to soften the whole episode. Questions to be asked: Did he take a breath analyser test and was he sent to the Hospital for a proper blood test. Let’s hope that there is fair play and let the law take its natural course. I think there is more to it than meets The Eye.
    The public is waiting to see if an elite is treated differently and I hope the G does not give the impression to its citizens that there are two different sets of laws one for the elites and the other for the ordinary man in the street. I wonder what “our great defender of the truth” Mr Shanmugam has got to say about this with him being the Home Affairs Minister and all that.

    • Singapore has progressively converted to be a military govt with all the G & misuses power above the law. Don’t this obvious? They will give thousands of excuses when wrong doing instead of apology in publicity. Ones can mislead himself to woodlands check point will then definitely lead his men to ‘HORLAN’ dead point.

  13. “Kek allegedly believed he was driving home…”
    Hmmmm…. driving with the PRC pros to his home where his wife and kids are. Yep! Sounds like every other normal day!

  14. Why mentioned his dad passed away recently ? Leave the decease rest in peace ! Are you trying to use this as a lame excuse, for drinking ? Missed his dad ?

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