Arrested SMRT Trains COO a super SAF scholar?

I refer to ST article “SMRT Trains chief operations officer Alvin Kek arrested for drink driving at Woodlands Checkpoint”.

ST: “Prior to his employment at SMRT, Mr Kek spent 14 years with the Singapore Armed Forces, where he was a colonel and a chief engineering officer.”

To become a colonel in 14 years, Alvin would have to be a former SAF scholar.   He wasn’t.

Alvin was not in his early 30s but was already 45 when he joined SMRT.  14 years with SAF = enlisted when he was 31 years old. Fake news?

Fact: Alvin enlisted in 1986 and left as colonel after 27 years with the SAF.

PS
In previous articles, Alvin was also reported to have spent 14 years with the SAF. (link)

 

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