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PM Lee sends condolence letter following ex-journalist Ee Boon Lee's death

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written a condolence letter to the wife of the late veteran journalist Ee Boon Lee. 79-year-old Mr Ee had died on Sunday.

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written a condolence letter to the wife of the late veteran journalist Ee Boon Lee. 79-year-old Mr Ee had died on Sunday.

In the letter, Mr Lee said he'd known the late Mr Ee ever since he entered politics.

Mr Lee said Mr Ee was helpful, reliable, and competent and impressed him with his feel for the ground, and his knack for communicating with a wide range of Singaporeans.

In 1985, Mr Ee joined National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) as the senior editor of the labour newspaper.

Singapore was then going through a severe recession.

Mr Lee said he helped to communicate NTUC's efforts to save jobs and improve workers' lives.

The prime minister said Mr Ee concurrently edited the PAP newsletter Petir, profiling the good work that the party was doing on the ground.

Labour Chief Lim Swee Say was at the wake on Monday evening and paid tribute to the late Mr Ee for his work in the labour movement.

He presented Mr Ee's wife with a letter of condolence from NTUC.

He had also written several books on the labour movement.

Mr Lim said: "In those days we did not have corporate communications department. So Boon Lee both doubled up as the editor of our NTUC newsletter and at the same time he also took care of our corporate communications to make sure whatever development, whatever important messages that we have to convey to the workers, to the unions, to the public at large."

Mr Lee’s condolence letter to the wife of the late Mr Ee is reproduced below:

Dear Mrs Ee

Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your husband Mr Ee Boon Lee.

Boon Lee was a consummate journalist, who devoted his life to the media industry. He started as a reporter with the Singapore Tiger Standard and The Straits Times, before stints at Radio and TV Singapore and the Singapore Monitor. He accompanied Mr Lee Kuan Yew overseas, including Mr Lee’s long trip in 1964 to Africa to explain the formation of Malaysia after Merger to important African leaders, as well as Mr Lee’s trip to Eastern Europe after Separation to brief them of Singapore’s independent, sovereign status.

In 1985, Boon Lee joined NTUC as the Senior Editor of the labour newspaper The Singaporean, which was later revamped as NTUC News. Singapore was then going through a severe recession. He helped to communicate NTUC’s efforts to save jobs and improve workers’ lives. He concurrently edited the PAP newsletter Petir, profiling the good work that the Party was doing on the ground.

I have known Boon Lee ever since I entered politics. He was then with the Singapore Monitor, and often interviewed me. He was helpful, reliable, and competent. He impressed me with his feel for the ground, and his knack for communicating with a wide range of Singaporeans. I last met him at the Pioneer Generation Tribute Party at the Istana in February. He was frail, but in good spirits. Sadly he is no longer with us, but like others in our pioneer generation his contributions will never be forgotten.

My thoughts are with you and your family during this time of sorrow.

With my deepest sympathies
Lee Hsien Loong 

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