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S’poreans concerned about whereabouts of SMRT CEO

Posted on 28 November 2012

His last public appearance was the first day of his job in early October this year.

Several concerned members of the public have put up a missing person notice seeking for any news on the new SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek.

Have you seen him?

The newly-minted CEO was last seen in early October this year, on the first day of his job riding trains:

Desmond Kuek, the new boss of SMRT, is expected to perform miracles to turn things around.

However, since news broke on Monday morning that more than 100 bus drivers from China would rather stand around and stare at their feet than drive buses, SMRT’s CEO has not made any public appearance.

Or released a statement.

Many believe that if it was ex-CEO Saw Phaik Hwa at the helm, she would have shown her face at least twice. And changed hair colour at least thrice.

This has led to various bouts of speculation from the public, many of whom worry Desmond Kuek might have gone back to his roots as a military man, where the 49-year-old was the former Chief of Defence Force.

One concerned citizen, Zhao Bu Tao, expressed his main concern about Kuek’s no-show.

He said: “I heard he used to be from military. What if he decide to put on his No. 4 and camo-cream and hide in the jungle? Confirm no one then can find him!”

Another concerned citizen, Tek Kan King, said the former military man should put his past experience to good use in this present vocation.

Tek said: “He should have asked all 100 China bus drivers knock it down and touch the tree and come back. Then conduct water parade and touch the tree and come back again.”

“Who say like that cannot? Anyway, SMRT bus drivers earn same amount as many NSFs what…”


After this episode more than a year later, Singaporeans apologised to the SMRT CEO for causing his trains to break down regularly:
S’poreans apologise to SMRT CEO for causing his trains to frequently break down

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