This incident that I am going to relate happened some years back when I was still working at the STC (SIA Training Centre).
One floor above our office was the aircraft mock-ups and beauty or make-up room. The incident happened in the make-up room. This was a place where the female trainees were taught grooming and make-up by the consultants. The room was fairly big and some parts of it were curtained off as "changing rooms" where the female trainees would change say, from their civics to kebaya vice versa.
One afternoon, there was a loud scream coming from the one of the "changing rooms". It was the scream of some girls who were traumatised on finding that someone was peeping at them changing.
Later on, the bosses found out that the male crew who was in charge of a certain dance group was accused by the female trainees to be the Peeping Tom. This guy had special permission to access the changing room as his dancers might also make use of the room. However, on that day when the girls were using the room, he was not allowed to be there.
Of course, he denied peeping at the girls. He was well liked by the bosses because he was a good dancer who would teach as well as performed during cabin crew functions eg: Annual Cabin Crew Night etc.
I am not sure what has happened to him but from what I heard he was exonerated.
My teacher and us (ex classmates) are still in touch with one another 53 years after we left R.I.
Mr Koh now lives in Canada and whenever he is in Singapore we will invite him to our monthly lunches. Inspite of his age (83), he is in excellent health.
He requested that I use the song "If not for you" by Olivia Newton-John as the background music for the recent video I uploaded featuring us, former classmates and him at our lunch a few days ago.
Of the 400 cabin crew wannabes I've helped realised their dreams do you know how many are still in contact with me? Answer: less than the number of fingers on one hand. It's sad but true!
An email from Mr Koh after the blog post:
Thank you for the video of the lunch gathering. I enjoyed the images of dear friends interacting with obvious cheer and with the haunting strains of music of past years in the background. Keep me in touch with your group activities.
Starting January this year, I've decided to cease conducting the above seminar. I am proud to announce that I've helped around 400 of the seminar participants acquired their "dream" jobs as cabin crew with Singapore Airlines as well as Emirates, Cathay, Japan Airlines and others.
The main reason for not conducting future seminars is due to my busy schedule. Age is also catching up and I am taking things "easy" a little.
I hope I've helped improved the quality of lives for those who became cabin crew. Prior to joining the airlines, many were sales personnel, clerks, partime workers etc barely earning $2,000 a month.
Also, many whom I've helped were people who had failed many times at the cabin crew interviews. The highest number of times was 16. After attending my seminar, he got through the SIA interview.
For those who've not succeeded, my advice is to try for the interview again or go for another career.
Good luck to all out there vying for the job of cabin crew.
Wanna share with you some observations when I conduct trainings for upper secondary level learners.
These young people who are coming out to work soon are very keen in aircrew job. However, they have reservation about joining SIA because of its company culture which they hear from the grapevine. The stuff they hear is accurate: old fashioned management,pushy seniors etc are not ideal working conditions.
Might be worth mentioning in your blog.
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