Nov 8, 2017
The Ramli family shares with SilverKris how working together as Singapore Airlines cabin crew has strengthened their bond.
A family that works together stays together. For Singapore Airlines Chief Steward Ramli Bin Panachia and former Flight Stewardess Rosmawati Binte Montail, both 53, having two of their sons share the same vocation has made them more close-knit than ever.
For the Ramli family, travelling the world is the unifying factor that holds them together. The family also has a 19-year-old son, and has hopes that the youngest in the household will don the same uniform too, and complete the family portrait.
When brothers Muhammad Danial Bin Ramli, 26, and Muhammad Danish Bin Ramli, 24, signed up as cabin crew, both Ramli and Rosmawati supported them as coaches – giving them pointers before interviews, and sharing nuggets of wisdom gained from 31 years and six years on the job respectively.
The best advice Ramli has given his sons was to foster camaraderie and forge close bonds with the rest of the crew. He fondly recalls a birthday surprise sprung by his team after a long-haul flight, saying “I will never forget that day.”
“The crew was like family,” says Rosmawati, who still misses flying even though she left the Airline 27 years ago. She keeps in touch with her ‘batch girls’ to this day.
While being overseas allows freedom, Ramli teaches his sons to be humble and disciplined at all times. One of the many valuable lessons Danial has learned as a Flight Steward is to have patience and empathy towards others. Visiting developing countries, adds the head of household, is “an eye-opener; it broadens our horizons and reminds us of how blessed we are”.