Home News Featured News Ex-RSAF brigadier-general is appointed chief operating officer of SBS Transit

Ex-RSAF brigadier-general is appointed chief operating officer of SBS Transit

SBS Transit entrusts top role to former airforce high-flier and experienced business leader four months after ex-COO resigned mired in scandal.




- Advertisement -

ComfortDelGro Corp subsidiary, SBS Transit, has appointed ex-Republic of Singapore Air Force brigadier-general and commander Cheng Siak Kian to be its new chief operating officer (COO).

Cheng, 49, who presently serves as chief executive of ComfortDelGro’s business in New South Wales, Australia, will assume his post as COO of SBS Transit on 1 July.

The last COO of SBS Transit was from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Former lieutenant-colonel Gan Juay Kiat was made COO of SBS Transit in 2007. In 2009, he became executive director of SBS Transit and in 2010, he was promoted as CEO.

On 28 Dec 2018, Gan tendered his resignation over “lapses in conduct” and “personal reasons”. That same day, a video supposedly surfaced on social media showing the 61-year-old former SAF Overseas Scholar and President’s Scholar with several women with whom he allegedly had extra-marital affairs.

- Advertisement -

It was reported that Gan, who is married with grown children, had extramarital affairs with his subordinates. ComfortDelGro group CEO Yang Ban Seng has been running SBS Transit since Gan’s resignation.

Netizens responding to Cheng’s new appointment said that they were not surprised that an ex-RSAF personnel has been chosen to lead the transport operator. Almost exactly a year ago, SBS Transit’s competitor SMRT announced that ex-Chief of Defence Force Neo Kian Hong would be its new CEO.

Neo’s appointment as SMRT CEO came after SMRT supposedly conducted a “global search” for a new leader. They finally settled on another military man to replace outgoing CEO Desmond Kuek, who was also an ex-Chief of Defence Force.




Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

No tags for this post.
- Advertisement -

MOH asks hospitals to delay non-urgent surgeries to conserve resources for Covid patients

Singapore— With Covid-19 cases rising, the Ministry of Health (MOH) asked hospitals on Monday (May 3) to delay non-urgent surgeries and give priority to the treatment of Covid patients. In a statement, MOH said it is "working closely with all public and...

5 KTPH staff disciplined for ‘error’ that led to unnecessary treatment of breast cancer patients 

Singapore—Five staff members of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) have been disciplined for a laboratory incident that led to inaccurate test results and unnecessary treatment for some breast cancer patients. The staff members were disciplined for "not adequately performing their duties and...

MOH confirms 17 new Covid-19 cases, five linked to Tan Tock Seng Hospital cluster

Singapore -- The Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed five new cases of locally transmitted Covid-19 infection that are linked to the cluster at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). Tuesday (May 4) also saw another 12 imported cases. It is the ninth...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

No tags for this post.