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Ex-journalist Ee Boon Lee dies

Former veteran journalist Ee Boon Lee died on Sunday, after suffering from a blood disorder for more than a year. He was 79.

SINGAPORE: Former veteran journalist Ee Boon Lee died on Sunday, after suffering from a blood disorder for more than a year. He was 79.

In 1963, Mr Ee left the Straits Times to join the then-Radio and Television of Singapore (RTS) as news editor.

He served for 18 years and held several positions -- including chief editor of the Output division and senior news controller.

He left RTS in 1981 to join the publication the Singapore Monitor and subsequently the National Trades Union Congress.

Mr Ee had also written several books on the labour movement.

At the wake on Sunday evening, family and friends remembered Mr Ee fondly with former colleagues saying he was a good and helpful boss.

Former news editor Henry Liau said: “He was a very nice man and he was helpful. He would try to help his staff -- that was I think the main thing about him.

“He was very easy going; he laughs and all... that jovial type of person -- and that's very important in a workplace where there's a lot of tension. When news starts coming in so fast and things keep on changing, that sort of attitude is very important -- that we don't get frustrated."

Mr Ee’s niece Valerie Keh said: "My uncle was a very selfless man, he was a very good family man, a very good husband, a very good father, a very good grandfather, a very good uncle.

“So even though he had always been very busy at work, he will always spare time for us if we call him, he was always just a phone call away. Anything with the family, he would always be there for us."  

In response to queries from Channel NewsAsia, Temasek chairman Lim Boon Heng said Mr Ee was a journalist with a "keen nose" for what was newsworthy, and one who immersed himself with the ground.

The duo had worked together when Mr Ee joined the National Trades Union Congress.

Calling Mr Ee his "old friend", Mr Lim said they had worked together to publish NTUC News -- an influential publication on labour issues.

They also worked together on publications like Petir, for the People's Action Party.  

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