Ex-hotelier Sonnie Lien dies in road accident

Ex-hotelier Sonnie Lien dies in road accident
Former GM of Mandarin Hotel: Mr Sonny Lien was a famous hotelier, who had studied at top hotel schools in US and Switzerland.

SINGAPORE - Retired hotelier Sonnie Lien, 79, one of the sons of the late tycoon and philanthropist Lien Ying Chow, died on Monday night after being hit by a car.

Mr Lien was apparently trying to hail a taxi on Holland Road near Ulu Pandan Road, after having dinner at his eldest son's home.

He was knocked down at around 9.40pm and taken to the National University Hospital, where he died later that night.

The driver of the car, a man in his 60s, was arrested for dangerous driving causing death, reported Shin Min Daily News.

Mr Lien, who had studied at the Swiss Hotel Management School in Lucerne, Switzerland, and Cornell University's prestigious School of Hotel Administration in the United States, was general manager of the Mandarin Singapore hotel for 15 years.

In 1989, he severed official links with the Overseas Union Enterprise Group, then the holding company of the Mandarin and Overseas Union Bank's property and hotel arm.

He then set up two consultancies to develop and run hotels and resorts worldwide, and had other private businesses, including a chain of dry cleaners.

After Mr Lien retired more than a decade ago, he spent his time travelling and visiting his seven grandchildren, who live in Singapore, the United States and Australia.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter, their spouses and their children.

The wake is at Lien Villa at Holland Park. Mr Lien will be cremated on Saturday (November 16).

caiwj@sph.com.sg


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