Vincent Chong is steering the company into robotics, smart cities and high-tech defence solutions. Will that lift the stock out of its slump? 

SINGAPORE (Dec 11): Vincent Chong recently passed up a chance to appear in Jack Neo’s latest movie, Ah Boys to Men 4. Acting does not suit him, he says. The CEO of Singapore Technologies Engineering also declines to divulge what role he might have played. Instead, he prefers to talk about the military technology featured in the film.

As one of the co-presenters of the film, which is centred on a military reservist stint, ST Engineering received a prominent product placement. The characters in the movie include an NSman who is working at ST Engineering. While training with his armour unit, which is finding faults with their tank, he tells his fellow reservists about a new and improved tank that his company is building — a Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (NGAFV).

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