I had the honour and privilege to serve Mr & Mrs Lee Kuan Yew on a few occasions during my years as a cabin crew with Singapore Airlines. I am not to going to talk much about Mr. Lee at this point but rather focus on Mrs. Lee who had just passed away. She was a very approachable,unassuming and nice lady.
I still remember on one of my flights when I was the crew-in-charge, Mr. Lee the then Prime Minister of Singapore asked me for Sin Chew Jit Poh, Nayang Siang Pau and the Straits Times.
Due to a service lapse, we were not supplied the 2 Chinese newspapers. How was I going to explain to Mr. Lee? Will he take no for an answer? I was scared stiff.
Looking at Mrs. Lee who was kind and approachable, I approached her instead when Mr. Lee was not around. I explained to Mrs. Lee about the service lapse and she assured me everything will be alright. "Don't worry young man I will speak with Mr. Lee and everything will be alright"...she told me. Just as we finished talking, Mr. Lee returned to his seat which was at row 1 of the first class but an aisle away from Mrs. Lee.
"Harry there are no Chinese newspapers for you except the Straits Times and please do not bother the crew" she told her husband. Mr. Lee smiled at us and replied " Straits Times is fine".
Mrs. Lee saved the day for us.
May her soul Rest In Peace.