Eng Yoon case: Motorist fined $9,000
by Shaffiq Alkhatib 03:10 PM Feb 09, 2011 SINGAPORE - A motorist was fined $9,000 yesterday for a negligent act that killed former national athlete Tan Eng Yoon (picture), 82. Safety supervisor Mohammed Iskandar Ariffin, 33, was also disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for five years. Iskandar had failed to keep a proper lookout while driving along Upper Thomson Road at around 7am on Jan 30 last year. He was also driving at around 70 to 75 kmh, above the designated speed limit of 60 kmh. As a result, he hit Mr Tan, who was walking home after attending morning mass at the nearby Church of the Holy Spirit. The Singapore Olympians Association president was flung forward, suffered multiple injuries and died the next day in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. In mitigation, the court heard that Iskandar who could have been jailed up to two years, fined or both - was aware how Mr Tan's death had affected many Singaporeans. He had apologised to Mr Tan's family and was hoping to be given a second chance. Mr Tan will be remembered as the 400-m hurdler who, in 1959, clinched Singapore's first medal - a gold - at the inaugural South-East Asian Peninsular Games, the pre-cursor to the South-East Asian Games. He also won the gold medal in triple jump, setting a national record that went unbroken for 32 years. He became a national track and field coach in the 1960s and 1970s, nurturing local sporting legends, including sprinter C Kunalan. When contacted after sentencing, Mr Tan's daughter, Sabrina, said: "Despite the verdict, it won't bring my father back. "We miss him. There's not a day which passes by that we don't think about him. It's been a difficult year for the family, especially my mother." Mr Tan's son, Kenneth, added that it would take time for the family to find closure, although "at least with this conclusion, it can help the family to move on".