Cronyism part of SMRT’s deep-seated kaki-employ-kaki culture, CEO and his army buddies should be sacked

The government should wayang no more as if MRT commuters’ safety isn’t important. If public trust is to be regained, CEO Desmond Kuek and former army buddies he roped into SMRT must go.

Desmond Kuek, a former army general, was appointed by PAP to sort out the maintenance issues cause by former CEO Saw. After 5 years – with breakdowns increasing in magnitude, Desmond has proved to be a failure.

The reason for his failure could be attributed to his employment of unqualified senior management personnel – former SAF personnel – besides his own zero prior relevant experience.

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From the organization chart above, it appears SMRT remains a playground for PAP elites. Desmond should have also gotten rid of former civil servants from MEWR, MHA and the PMO but did not.

One person – former SAF buddy Anson Lim – somehow managed to slip under commuters’ radar. Anson is the head of SMRT Safety and Inspectorate. Important pieces of information on Anson’s background are missing and we only know that Anson’s:

Instead of holding Anson accountable, scapegoat Ng Teck Poo, VP of Procurement and Supply, was merely transferred to who knows where.

Is this not worse than a … lousy wayang, another insult to commuters?

SMRT has to start on a clean slate: Desmond and his former army buddies must go.

Issues cannot be resolved when SMRT’s deep-seated crony kaki-employ-kaki culture doesn’t change.

 

Phillip Ang

 

 

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24 Responses to “Cronyism part of SMRT’s deep-seated kaki-employ-kaki culture, CEO and his army buddies should be sacked”

  • rukidding:

    It is obvious Minister Khaw won’t like to discuss this in the “Open”.

    Even if he “hand picks” those few “New Guys”….these current existing bunch don’t seem to be “qualified” in their post .

    Kong Lye…Kong Ker (talk here,talk there)….I think Minister Khaw still can’t convince many !!!

    I really wonder how “different” Ministe Khaw ‘s “speech and his comments and explanations and pleas for public understanding”…if the Opposition were the ones “operating smrt” and “facing the same flood issues” ???

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  • rukidding:

    I probably will be the first to “awol” if Desmond Quek “volunteers” to Lead and “fight any battle” !!!

    Cannot means,…CANNOT…..what difference does it make to know that he “volunteered”…especially when he dosen’t seem to be “fitted” for the post ???

    So,..does Minister Khaw means he himself is to be blame for “accepting” and “placing” and “incompetent” like Desmond ..to “lead an important task” ????

    Is Minister Khaw…”willing to take this blame” ????

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  • LIONS:

    They are my “ brothers”?
    You idiots are no bro of mine.
    So, we make sure you suffer.

    SMRT shud be renamed SAFmrt?

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  • Bapak:

    Military personnel who could not take responsibility should not be in their post. Soldiers’ lives are at stake.

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  • opposition dude:

    Nah all the paper generals should stay, otherwise how to have more train disruptions and get commuters all worked up for the next GE tio bo?

    We all know just how good SAF people can be, just look at NOL for instance. Or lagi better, look at the PM and DPM Teo and see just how dependent this country has become on non Singaporeans to the tune of 40% of the population being aliens!

    Bang up job these SAF people have done you know! Let’s have more of them in PUB, HDB, CPF, MOF and MOH and see them excel in there!

    SAF are very good!

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  • Harder Truths:

    Thank you gain Philip.

    As everyone can clearly see SMRT is one of the main areas for employment for useless pappy high flyers.

    These clowns could not get employed in a circus, let alone the private sector.
    So they are given high paying jobs for life for their loyalty to the regime.

    Do not worry SMRT clowns. there are over 70% willing to vote your bosses into parliament. Nothing will happen to your useless asses.

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  • Amos exposed PAP hypocrisy:

    Singaporeans should not be surprised by the MRT fiasco. Another paper general is running the country (as PM) over the last 10+ years and has proven he is incompetent. Singaporeans are definitely worse off since he took over. To make matters worse he has picked another paper general to succeed him.

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  • Unbelievable:

    We must believe KBW that CEO Desmond Kuek volunteered for the job of CEO of SMRT and was not parachuted in.
    We must also believe that it”s also just a coincidence that all the other Generals and Colonels also volunteered and were not parachuted in to the top positions in GLCs.
    We must believe that they’re the best men to do the jobs (even without prior relevant experience in the private sector) and all they need is to volunteer. We must believe the Unbelievable!

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  • What were they doing?:

    Wah, look at their titles,
    ‘Vice President’ of this and ‘Vice President’of that.
    Head of this n that.
    But all know nuts n did nuts !
    All the top people know how to save their asses first.
    Only the minions getting charged ?
    As if to say ‘you die your buisness’.
    The top honchos are just as much to blame for ‘dereliction of duty’.

    Someone is hiding something for sure.
    Hope one of the rank n file staff comes out n spill the beans one day.
    No one is indispensable!

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  • Harakiri man must also go:

    KBW said that MOt and LTA have done their jobs and are not be be implicated in the tunnel flooding saga what about the frequent breakdowns, all attributed to resignalling faults” ? He said that train operations need many years to stabilize, (maybe after he has retired from politics)this is just buying insurance and in the mean time continues to collect his millions$$$$$$. This is meritocracy unique to SG and to quote Donald Trump a great joke a laughing stock! The 70% have to be blamed!

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  • Thank you Phillip:

    Thank you Phillip Ang. Your articles have open up the eyes of many of us, ignorant and kept stupid for so long, and really set us thinking.

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:

    when S$8 cow said paper general dismount quack asked to join mrt and was not parachuted in we laughed so loudly in coffee shop until upstairs folks came down to find out why.

    we told them. these pap LJs all can wayang. it is not that its own paper general asked to join mrt for FREE. ffff. he looked around and saw it paid S$m much more than any other pap organizations.

    we have never voted pap. we never will. because we cannot agree with such cosy INDONESIAN style S$m nepotism.

    if pap paper general dismount quack is paid nothing, then, okay. he may have a point because he truly did it with a heart for the welfare of mrt commuters. ffff. he was paid S$m and for 5 ffffing years nothing improved but rather things have become worse. not only breakdowns but also ponding now.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    a government that lies is a government that must be voted out. pap lies. how can inside cannot be within 200m? how can an INDIAN be selected as president when presidency is reserved for the malay race? WTF.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:

    opposition dude:
    SAF are very good!

    all of us have completed NSF and NSR. and we know how messy the setup is.

    now that we have time in hand in coffee shop, once in a while we do discuss why Singapore is down the drain. it is because we have too many ffffing useless pap paper generals in government.

    truth be told. without the privates and lance corporals the whole saf setup collapses. because all the way down nobody truly knows what is happening. all they know is to pass commands down the so called chain.

    we don’t know about other countries’ setups. but ours is truly very laughable. we stand by what we say. the setup is ffffing unworkable without the privates and lance corporals.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    a pig is a goat says pap. so an INDIAN is a malay says the same pap. WTF.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Nation Down The Trash Bin:

    Greedy Cow himself made a mess of health ministry before “volunteering” for the LTA job. Patients have to sleep in the corridors. Many government hospitals became privatized. These greedy incompetent clowns have to musical chair and run road before his current post burns down and gets kick to the next useless millionaire volunteer.

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  • Kelong:

    Sinkies better be careful getting in conflict with other nations………..SAF may not be able to deliver!

    In peacetime, they can’t even tame the storm water………in war ………all better road run!

    Wonder whether the doctor at Mindef can deliver!…………..or is it another cultural deficit outfit?

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  • swiss standard type / culture:

    //Singaporeans should not be surprised by the MRT fiasco//

    well now the chances are even higher (worst in a more crowded / jam- packed environment). so many lines all interconnected one way or another. culture (software) is one thing. the quality of the train asset (hardware) is another thing.

    not only trains, there are many other areas if you care to allow your imaginations run wild – as we have too many chat-ba-lang people / culture which has become a integral part of the sinkie land make-up. well, thanks to open-leg policy of 6.9m (some white idiot keeps on suggesting 10m somemore) – and this is definitely not the swiss standard type / culture.

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  • Rats can't vomit:

    rukidding:
    I probably will be the first to “awol” if Desmond Quek “volunteers” to Lead and “fight any battle” !!!

    Cannot means,…CANNOT…..what difference does it make to know that he “volunteered”…especially when he dosen’t seem to be “fitted” for the post ???

    So,..does Minister Khaw means he himself is to be blame for “accepting” and “placing” and “incompetent” like Desmond ..to “lead an important task” ????

    Is Minister Khaw…”willing to take this blame” ????

    You should let the overpaid general and his damn cronies fight his own battles, since he’s taking that monthly obscene salary that ground staff could only earn after they worked in an entire lifetime. We should also ask him the questions that Big Nose ‘Admiral’ Teo asked us ‘What do you think?’ and reply with Seat Warmer Goh ‘not my brother/problem/country’.

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  • Abraham Lincoln says:

    “I can make more generals, but horses cost money.”

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  • SMRT Only:

    SMRT only meh?
    I work in GLCs related companies.
    Bosses bring in relatives to work in IT. Subordinates report to him/her must grade him/her relative performances. Even seat there do nothing, collect pay oso evaluated as GREAT. KNS.!
    Look at entire TH, GIC model. Keep on increasing budget only benefited these GLCs but NEVER help neither in INNOVATION nor PRODUCTIVITY.
    Worst, they even employ SCHOLARS to do MAINTENANCE WORK while local need to INNOVATE and stay RELEVANT!.
    PAP still do not know next election is only 2 years away and more are joining WP to fight in this coming ELECTION.
    PAP MUZ B OUT to revamp the entire SG eco system before everyone of us turns IRRELEVANT

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  • Elephant in the room:

    You haven’t seen nothing yet until you find out who was in the Board of Directors from 2009-2012

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:

    SMRT Only:
    SMRT only meh?
    I work in GLCs related companies.
    Bosses bring in relatives to work in IT. Subordinates report to him/her must grade him/her relative performances. Even seat there do nothing, collect pay oso evaluated as GREAT. KNS.!
    Look at entire TH, GIC model. Keep on increasing budget only benefited these GLCs but NEVER help neither in INNOVATION nor PRODUCTIVITY.
    Worst, they even employ SCHOLARS to do MAINTENANCE WORK while local need to INNOVATE and stay RELEVANT!.
    PAP still do not know next election is only 2 years away and more are joining WP to fight in this coming ELECTION.
    PAP MUZ B OUT to revamp the entire SG eco system before everyone of us turns IRRELEVANT

    thanks, bro. a very good piece and a very good read. learned very much from it.

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  • Python 5:

    SAF can’t deliver shit!!!
    you know. I know. and many many others know much better than me and you!!!!

    reservist rank and file personnel can openly kan the officers like dogs.

    officers and specialists cannot even get the mens’ attention or to fall in, fight what war???

    the whole SAF is a big wayang showcasing top grade military hardware to fool potential enemies only.

    I come from a 8-5 unit which consolidates all the PES C whitehorses and elites’ offsprings. Any issue, they don’t do the work. they merely sit around and act busy while the grunts do all the back breaking work.

    tell me, have you seen SAF clerk excuse cookhouse rice??
    that clerk in my unit drives out to lunch everyday and officer hitch a ride from him during lunch.

    The more you do, the more mistakes you are liable to make, the more the fuckup higher ups penalise you.

    my advice for those still serving in that fuckup organisation called SAF, whether active or reserves, DON’T DO ANYTHING. DON’T BOTHER, DON’T CARE, DON’T GIVE A FUCKING DAMN. the elites don’t bother, they simply wait and watch the grunts do the dirty work. (go watch animal farm on youtube).

    I have a cousin who is a govt scholar. She keeps in her own inner circle.
    The inner circle consists of her “selected very close siblings” and a few who bootlick her. The rest are just grunts and unwashed masses for doing menial tasks for her inner circle. Just like SMRT and SAF.

    SMRT is now a civilian version of SAF. NOL also.
    NOL progressive collapse is not exposed so openly because the population don’t sail ships to work everyday.

    Kelong:
    Sinkies better be careful getting in conflict with other nations………..SAF may not be able to deliver!

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  • masses are forever sleeping:

    //The inner circle consists of her “selected very close siblings” and a few who bootlick her. The rest are just grunts and unwashed masses for doing menial tasks for her inner circle. Just like SMRT and SAF.//

    the problem is that the masses refuse to wake up from their deep sleep thinking that they need the elites (aristocrats) more and w/o them the whole sinkie land will sink – when in fact the many white jiak-liao-bees need the masses more. that’s why the white idiots need 154th environment and white doggie team to perpetuate this sleepy and smoky myth so that the masses are forever sleeping.

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  • Singapore is already sinking:

    Singapore will not collapse or be conquered by some other countries. PAP whites like to put fear of external attacks in the mind of the peasants.

    Singapore will collapse on its own without foreign armies lifting a finger.

    Why?

    Very simple. Political jesters have no interest to develop competencies and will not tolerate close scrutiny/competition, as inner circle chaps and elites are content to let hapless underlings sweat so that they reap most of the benefits.

    Own kaki will recruit own kaki for top posts. Mistakes will be covered up not to expose incompetence. Only junior staff will be made scapegoats.

    Culture of impunity creates widespread fear of punishment.

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