18 Sep '11, 2am

SMRT CEO sports a shock of pink hair and has a black belt in tae kwon do

THERE are many ways to describe Ms Saw Phaik Hwa, the president and chief executive of SMRT. "Unconventional" would be a good start. After all, how many CEOs do you know sport a shock of pink hair? Or have a black belt in tae kwon do and are certified to referee competitions? And how many corporate chiefs are tai chi sifus who can throw a man across the room effortlessly? (Being the chickens that we are, we didn't challenge her to prove that last feat.) Yet, the 57-year-old says she is quite "uninteresting". This is, of course, coming from the same person who likes Chinese opera so much, she will fly to Hong Kong to watch it because "the ones in Singapore are not very good". Funnily enough, she admits that she doesn't understand the language all that well. "I'm 100-per-cent English educated. I can have a conversation with you in Chinese, but don't ask me anything technical...

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