The Lives They Live: 74, and still selling insurance

Left: Madam Lee Siew Eng, one of the oldest active Great Eastern Life insurance agents, has been selling insurance for 45 years. Below left: Madam Lee in a February 1973 photo with her daughters Alice (left) and Grace. Below: Madam Lee also chaired t
Madam Lee Siew Eng, one of the oldest active Great Eastern Life insurance agents, has been selling insurance for 45 years. PHOTO: SONG TAO, COURTESY OF MADAM LEE SIEW ENG
Left: Madam Lee Siew Eng, one of the oldest active Great Eastern Life insurance agents, has been selling insurance for 45 years. Below left: Madam Lee in a February 1973 photo with her daughters Alice (left) and Grace. Below: Madam Lee also chaired t
Madam Lee in a February 1973 photo with her daughters Alice (left) and Grace. PHOTO: SONG TAO, COURTESY OF MADAM LEE SIEW ENG
Left: Madam Lee Siew Eng, one of the oldest active Great Eastern Life insurance agents, has been selling insurance for 45 years. Below left: Madam Lee in a February 1973 photo with her daughters Alice (left) and Grace. Below: Madam Lee also chaired t
Madam Lee also chaired the Overseas Social Action Group, a volunteer group in OAC. The group was featured in some newspapers in June 1977 for raising funds for the Penang Spastic Children's Association.PHOTO: SONG TAO, COURTESY OF MADAM LEE SIEW ENG

While the pioneer leaders were the original architects of Singapore, everyday heroes helped build society here. This is another story about such people in the series The Lives They Live.

Like many people, Madam Lee Siew Eng has life insurance policies.

But unlike most other people who typically have only a handful of life insurance policies, she has more than 20 in her name. She had bought these policies from herself.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2018, with the headline '74, and still selling insurance'. Print Edition | Subscribe