SMRT trains Chief Operations Officer Alvin Kek was reportedly arrested early Saturday morning for drink-driving.
The 50-year-old was detained by police at Woodlands Checkpoint at about 5am, and investigations are ongoing.
SMRT has declined to comment more on the matter, and refused to confirm Kek’s arrest.
Said vice-president for corporate communications Margaret Teo:
“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.”
Kek’s father is believed to have passed away recently.
Kek, who started working for SMRT in 2013, was promoted to COO on 1 February this year.
Prior to joining SMRT, he was a colonel and a Chief Engineering Officer with the Singapore Armed Forces.
The arrest comes as SMRT CEO, former military chief Desmond Kuek, prepares to step down in place of another former military chief, Neo Kian Hong.
Kuek has previously blamed SMRT’s spate of blunders on “deep-seated cultural issues”.