SMRT Trains COO Alvin Kek jailed two weeks after being convicted of drink driving for second time

SMRT Trains chief operations officer Alvin Kek Yoke Boon was found to have 65 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath at the Woodlands Checkpoint at around 3am on April 21, 2018.
SMRT Trains chief operations officer Alvin Kek Yoke Boon was found to have 65 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath at the Woodlands Checkpoint at around 3am on April 21, 2018. ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

SINGAPORE - After a drinking session, SMRT Trains chief operations officer Alvin Kek Yoke Boon got into his car and drove to the Woodlands Checkpoint by mistake.

He was caught after an Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer noticed that he reeked of alcohol.

Kek, 51, was jailed for two weeks and fined $4,000 on Monday (June 25) after he was convicted of drink driving for the second time. He was also disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for three years.

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, SMRT vice-president of corporate communications Margaret Teo said that Kek has been suspended from work, without giving any more details.

He was first convicted of drink driving on March 11, 2004, and was then fined $2,800. He was also banned from driving for two years.

For his current case, the court heard that before the incident on April 21, Kek was with some colleagues at the Temasek Club in Rifle Range Road, near Bukit Timah Road. He was there for about three hours from 11pm the previous day, where he consumed four mugs of beer.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Teo Lu Jia said: “He stated that he was having drinks with his colleagues as his father had died recently - on April 14 - and that he also needed to de-stress.”

Kek left the club at around 2.30am, got into his car and drove to Woodlands Checkpoint, about 15km away.

He stopped his vehicle there at around 3am before telling an ICA officer that he had made a mistake and had no intention of leaving Singapore.

The officer noticed that Kek smelt of alcohol and asked him to get out of his car. The police were notified and a test revealed that he had 65 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath – almost double the prescribed limit of 35 micrograms.

Kek joined SMRT in 2013 and was one of four former military men whom chief executive Desmond Kuek brought into the company that year.

In November last year (2017), Kek fronted the media briefing on the Joo Koon train collision, in which 38 people were injured after a stalled SMRT train was hit from behind by another train.

Prior to SMRT, Kek spent 14 years with the Singapore Armed Forces, where he was a colonel and a chief engineer officer.

During his time in the military, he was also part of the National Day Parade’s organising committee six times and headed the 2011 committee as chairman.

First-time offenders convicted of drink driving can be jailed for up to six months or fined between $1,000 and $5,000.

 

Repeat offenders can be jailed for up to a year and fined between $3,000 and $10,000.