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Monday, 30 March 2015

The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew was a gentleman to the cabin crew



Former Singapore Airlines stewardess Sharon Chong has fond memories of her brief encounter serving the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew on a flight to Bali, Indonesia. - See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/mr-lee-kuan-yews-politeness-stood-out-20150330#sthash.QCdK8GTp.dpuf

I do agree with Ms Sharon Chong. Mr Lee was a gentleman and treated the cabin crew with respect.
On one of his flights, I was unable to accede to his request of the Chinese newspapers. The newspapers were not on board due to the negligence of the ground staff. He told me the Straits Times would suffice.
A chief steward dropped his tray because he was very nervous. Mr Lee pacified the chief steward instead of complaining against him.
I was honoured to have shook hands with our then PM. Once he told me to tell my crew not fuss over him. He did not want to be disturbed during the flight.
On one flight, he instructed me to have his meals that was specially catered for him and his wife. He told me he and Mrs Lee would eat the same first class food catered for the other passengers. He wanted to be served last even though he was seated at the first row of the first class cabin.
Mr Lee once paid a compliment to one of my stewardesses who served him. "You are beautiful", I overheard him telling the stewardess.
Needless to say, I have always love to have Mr & Mrs Lee Kuan Yew as our passengers.

Separately, Mr Lee's late brother Freddy was also a wonderful passenger. On one of the flights (SIN/LON), he asked me to sit next to him and we had a long chat. I was privileged to have served Freddy ( he insisted I address him as Freddy) as well.
I was also privileged to have served Mr Lee's mother as well as the current PM.

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