Photo of SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek from Straits Times

Government-owned transport operator SMRT yesterday (Nov 6) announced in a press release that the internal audit is over and 13 staff were found to be responsible for the flooded tunnel incident on Oct 7. SMRT also announced that it’s two former army general CEOs Desmond Kuek and Lee Ling Wee will be taking a pay cut:

“SMRT will be taking disciplinary action against six of its staff who were part of the team assigned to carry out maintenance work on the Bishan water discharge system, which malfunctioned and led to a 20-hour service disruption last month. Another seven managers from the same maintenance group, including two executives who hold vice-president positions, will also be investigated. All of them have since been suspended “with respect to their discharge of supervisory responsibility. As part of our value system of shared responsibility and accountability, the company will also take this incident into account when reviewing the remuneration of its senior management, from the CEO through the relevant chain of command.”

6 staff were dismissed for falsifying the maintenance records while another 7 managers, including two vice-presidents, from the same maintenance department were suspended.

The transport operator went back on it’s words on offering amnesty to it’s staff and suspended all 13 who were involved with the flooded train tunnel incident. However, more staff were tricked into believing in the “amnesty” offer:

“We are currently studying a number of submissions we had received relating to the scheduled maintenance works not being carried out – also from the building and facilities maintenance group.”

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan wrote in a written response to MPs’ questions in Parliament yesterday saying that he will not take a pay cut because he is not responsible for the flooded tunnel incident.