Leaders of Singapore

Leaders of Singapore

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Singapore is a unique city-state, an economic miracle, a political phenomenon. Many marvel at her very existence. How did Singapore survive? Who built this country? What is the secret of her success? Leaders of Singapore is a fascinating account of the history and development of Singapore from 1945 to 1995, narrated in personal, forthright terms by her most prominent citizens. In a series of remarkable and revealing interviews, Singapore's most famous, most powerful and wealthiest men and women reveal the mysteries and intrigues of the past, describe the triumphs and tragedies which shaped their lives, and share their strategies for success and achievement. This is a pioneering work. It goes beyond any other work in exploring and explaining, through the voices of her people, the source of Singapore's achievements: the Leaders of Singapore and their relentless, uncompromising and often brutal fight for survival. Prominent personalities in LEADERS OF SINGAPORE include the founders of the People's Action Party: Lee Kuan Yew, Goh Keng Swee, Toh Chin Chye and S Rajaratnam, Lim Chin Siong, David Marshall, Devan Nair and Ong Pang Boon, who gathered in Lee Kuan Yew's smoke-filled Oxley Road basement, plotting revolution. They appear side-by-side with the original billionaires Lee Kong Chian, Tan Lark Sye, Tan Siak Kew, Runme Shaw, CK Tang, Ko Teck Kin, Kwek Hong Png, Ng Teng Fong, YC Chang, Tan Chin Tuan and Wee Cho Yaw. and a generation of nation-builders, activists, and artists who braved the initial shock of independence in 1966, and worked to ensure that Singapore survived, thrived, and prospered. Singapore's sages a€” men like Lim Kim San, Michael Wong Pakshong, Wee Chong Jin, Lim Chong Yah, Arthur Lim and Liu Kang a€” describe their challenges, failures and successes, and share nuggets of wisdom on survival, success, and life. Contents:Leaders of SingaporeBrave New World 1945a€“1955The Struggle for Singapore 1955a€“1965Creating a Nation 1965a€“1975Global City 1975a€“1985Thoughts on Retirement 1985a€“1995 Readership:General public interested in Singapore leaders and history. Key Features:LEADERS OF SINGAPORE tells the history of Singapore through the eyes, voices, and emotions of the original founding fathers of the country, who laid down the values, infrastructure, and operating principles which took Singapore from its founding in 1965 to its 50th Anniversary in 2015Throughout the book, historian Melanie Chew was crafted a true history of Singapore which is readable and engaging, as well as accurate and scholarly, delivering above all a good story, well toldFor the month of August 2015, the book will be available to all Singaporeans free of charge, by e-book download from the World Scientific Publishing website, as the author's gift to the nation in celebration of its 50th AnniversaryKeywords:Singapore;Singapore Pioneers;Singapore Business Leaders;History;Political Leadership;Lee Kuan Yew;Goh Keng Swee;Tan Lark Sye;Lee Kong Chian;Ko Teck Kin;Parkcane C Hwang;Tan Siak Kew;Runme Shaw;Tang Choon Keng;Rajabali Jumabhoy;David Marshall;Toh Chin Chye;CV Devan Nair;Lim Chin Siong;Lee Siew Choh;S Rajaratnam;Lim Kim San;Ong Pang Boon;Yusof Ishak;Wee Chong Jin;Tan Boon Teik;Lim Chong Yah;Winston Choo;Tan Chin Tuan;Wee Cho Yaw;Ng Teng Fong;Kwek Hong Png;Michael Fam;Michael Wong Pakshong;Chang Yun Chong;Alfred Wong;Ng Cheong Ling;Arthur S M Lim;S Shan Ratnam;Choo Hoey;Liu Kang;Lee Siot Tin;Syed Isa bin Semaita€œLet me tell you alittle about thebank and itsphilosophy, a€ said the Tan Sri in aninterview recorded in1982. ... I alsointroduced a code toassure ourdebtors that theywould have a clean and fair deal. ... a€œOCBC which started operations with an issued capital of $10 million had built up shareholdersa#39; funds of$70.4 million by1966.

Title:Leaders of Singapore
Author: Melanie Chew
Publisher:World Scientific - 2015-07-29

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