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Ex-silat world champion Sheik Ferdous faces drink driving charge

He was allegedly found to have exceeded the alcohol limit while driving last November

Sheik Ferdous allegedly had at least 93mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath while driving on Nov 27, 2022.
Sheik Ferdous allegedly had at least 93mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath while driving along Cantonment Road on Nov 27, 2022. PHOTO: Singapore Silat Federation

SINGAPORE — Former silat world champion Sheik Ferdous Sheik Alau'ddin was charged with drink driving on Monday (16 January).

The 26-year-old has represented Singapore in multiple major Games, winning top honours such as the gold medal at the 2018 World Pencak Silat Championships and the silver medal at last year's SEA Games.

According to The Straits Times, he was allegedly driving along Cantonment Road towards Keppel Road at about 2.30am on 27 November last year with at least 93 micrograms (mcg) of alcohol in 100 millilitres (ml) of breath.

The amount of alcohol allowed in 100ml of breath is 35mcg. The case has been adjourned until 14 February.

Family of silat champions

Sheik Ferdous is the son of Sheik Alau’ddin Yacoob Marican, the chief executive of the Singapore Silat Federation and also a former world champion. His brother Sheik Farhan is also a top silat exponent, winning gold medals in both the SEA Games and the World Championships.

The silat federation told The Straits Times that it does not interfere with its national athletes' personal lives. Nonetheless, it added that the federation will stand behind Sheik Ferdous in providing any emotional and mental support that he may need.

In Singapore, those convicted of drink driving for the first time can face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Offenders who commit the same offence more than once can face a prison term of up to two years and a fine of up to $20,000.

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