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S’poreans concerned about whereabouts of SMRT CEO

S’poreans concerned about whereabouts of SMRT CEO

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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

S’pore at a loss about what to do with Chinese drivers

S’pore at a loss about what to do with Chinese drivers

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The action taken by 102 SMRT Chinese bus drivers leave her baffled.

What’s the difference between a strike and standing around when doing either can get you arrested?

Singapore is at a loss about what to do with the 102 SMRT Chinese bus drivers who woke up one Monday morning and decided that the wheels of the bus won’t be going round and round.

A Ministry of Manpower spokeswoman, Jiak Liao Bee, said: “We are still quite confused because we don’t know what this situation is. At this moment we are still wondering if this is a strike, protest, tea party or fellowship.”

She continued: “Looks like we have to settle this and pick a name the same way we proceed with policy-making when we get stuck: Through a coin toss.”

Various unions — which mysteriously popped up during the last Presidential Election in 2011 — that New Nation spoke to, said they can’t quite put a finger on what is happening as well.

One union leader, who isn’t quite sure who he represents, said: “I have never seen anything quite like this before because there never was a case where Singaporeans woke up one morning, and decide they won’t work so as to negotiate for better conditions.”

But the situation doesn’t end there.

A SMRT spokesman said: “If they don’t work, we can’t have the drivers arrested. If we do, then who will drive the buses? Warren Fernandez? Furthermore, everyone wants to be a taxi driver these days. Except Tony Tan.”

In Singapore, taxi drivers earn an average of $7,000 a month. So they don’t have to protest or strike. And they can wear sunglasses, drive around and look damn satki.

Hate your job? Your boss is an asshole? Your hours are too long? Your colleagues not sexy enough? Lunch hour too short? Not enough Lady Iron Chef-endorsed good food around your work place?

Why not consider going on strike?

Fill up this form if you want to go on strike. Inform your employer 14 days in advance of your intention not to work. Good luck! Tan Chuan-Jin might just address you directly over Facebook!

Official strike form.

Over 100 SMRT bus drivers hang out, invited for tea, biscuits

Over 100 SMRT bus drivers hang out, invited for tea, biscuits

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Red trucks also helped bring festive cheer.

It was a day of fun and leisure for more than 100 SMRT bus drivers who hail from China.

Taking a break from their usual daily routine driving buses round and round, a group of bus drivers took a day off to hang out, relax and shoot the breeze from as early as 8 a.m. on Monday morning at dormitories in Woodlands, where most of them reside.

Instead of going to work, more than 100 bus drivers found time to catch up and make new friends.

To ensure they are having fun away from their families they left behind when they came to Singapore to work, at least three red trucks were deployed to the scene to complement their attire and bring on the festive cheer as Christmas is coming.

Sensing that these Chinese bus drivers could be home sick, the red trucks were made to be equipped with water canons to emulate the gushing waterfalls found in China, so as to instantly provide fresh relief from the hot sun should anyone of them require a sprinkle.

But it never got down to that.

Because realising the bus drivers were getting hungry, SMRT representatives — in a show of hospitality befitting of Singapore’s culture — invited them indoors for some tea and biscuits.

The drivers then took part in Singapore’s ongoing National Conversation and only emerged at 6 p.m. fully revitalised and intellectually stimulated.

SMRT bus drivers take part in Singapore’s ongoing National Conversation during their day off on Monday.

A SMRT spokesperson told New Nation, “It was a fun-filled day for this 100-odd Chinese bus drivers. They have worked hard and served our country well. They deserve this day of rest.”

An idyllic existence. Taking pictures and talking about nothing in particular.

The spokesperson continued: “A lot of them were taking photos and smoking cigarettes. Clearly, they appreciated this mini holiday. This should set them up nicely for their permanent retirement soon.”