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Lee Kuan Yew: One Man's View Of The WorldLee Kuan Yew: One Man's View Of The World by Lee Kuan Yew

With over 100,000 copies sold in hardcover since its publication in 2013, the geopolitical insights of Singapore's late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew are as trenchant and relevant as ever amid the societal and political upheavals of today. Now released in paperback, the book features a new postscript by The Straits Times editor-at-large Han Fook Kwang, reflecting upon the changes that have unfolded since Lee first made his incisive observations.

Puan Noor Aishah: Singapore's First LadyPuan Noor Aishah: Singapore's First Lady by Tan, Kevin Y L

Noor Aishah Mohammad Salim was all of 26 years old when she became Singapore's first First Lady in 1959 as the wife of Yusof Ishak, Singapore's Yang di-Pertuan Negara and later first President. Puan Noor Aishah: Singapore's First Lady tells the story of how this shy, quiet girl who grew up in Penang was catapulted into the public limelight and into the role of 'mother' to a new state and nascent nation. Filled with a wealth of archival and private photographs, many of which have never been published before, Puan Noor Aishah: Singapore's First Lady traces the lives of both Yusof Ishak and Noor Aishah: from their younger days before and after the Second World War, to their first meeting in 1949, their happily married life in Kuala Lumpur, and then Yusof Ishak's call to duty in 1959, when he became Singapore's Head of State - and Noor Aishah became the first First Lady.

William Farquhar And Singapore: Stepping Out From Raffles' ShadowWilliam Farquhar And Singapore: Stepping Out From Raffles' Shadow by Wright, Nadia H.

When the achievements of great individuals are exaggerated, an enormous shadow is cast over the work of their subordinates. This has been the case in accounts of the founding of the British settlement at Singapore in 1819 - in which Sir Stamford Raffles has been aggrandised at the expense of Major General William Farquhar. Venerated by contemporary Bugis, Chinese and Indians for his character and accomplishments, Farquhar maintained that he was largely responsible for Singapore's rapid growth and commercial success. But his claims have been obscured for the most part by the glori?cation of Raffles. In this groundbreaking and carefully documented study, Nadia Wright re-examines East India Company records and other historical documents to offer a fresh analysis of the roles of Raffles and Farquhar in Singapore's founding and early development. William Farquhar and Singapore reveals new and sometimes startling insights into the achievements and personalities of both men, and explains why Farquhar has been overlooked for so long.

Harris Bin Potter And The Stoned PhilosopherHarris Bin Potter And The Stoned Philosopher by Suffian Hakim

11-year-old orphan Harris bin Potter thinks he is an average Singaporean boy - until he enrols at the magical, MOE-approved, Hog-Tak-Halal-What School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Sundays With SumikoSundays With Sumiko by Tan, Sumiko

Sumiko Tan wrote her first personal column as a young reporter in 1994. Over the next 22 years, her fortnightly column in The Sunday Times gathered a faithful readership and made her a household name. This is a collection of her most representative columns over the past two decades, exploring family, love, friends, career, dogs, death, and marriage. The book follows Sumiko's journey from horizon-broadening travels and singlehood woes of the Nineties, to musings about romance and ageing in the Noughties, to an exciting reunion with a junior college friend that culminated in marriage. In the last section of the book, Now, Sumiko explores married life, negotiates her new role as a stepmum, and reaffirms the importance of everyday moments of happiness. Her columns also explore the lighter side of things: whether it is learning to swim as an adult, waxing nostalgic about Yaohan supermarket, finally getting Lasik eye surgery, or the woes of having different air-conditioning preferences from her husband.

Practice Makes Po-Fect!Practice Makes Po-Fect! by

Po, the Raffles' Banded Lemur, has just started climbing, but it is not as easy as it seems! He does not want to be the slowest in his troop anymore, so he goes off looking for his friends for help. Join Po in his journey as he learns to work hard and never give up!

Dolphin Travel TroublesDolphin Travel Troubles by

The Tan family has always been a peaceful group of dolphins living in the waters near Singapore, until the day their home was contaminated by an oil spill. Fortunately, they meet Sam, a mysterious dolphin who brings promises of a wonderful place filled with food, space and lots of new marine neighbours! However, oil spills are not the only peril that they will encounter on their long journey there. Will they reach this new haven? What is Sam really up to? And is there truly a safe place that the Tans can finally call home?

Pollilymics, ThePollilymics, The by

Deep in the forest, there is a great pollination competition that few have heard of, and even fewer have seen. Join the pollinators on a fun-filled adventure to see who has what it takes to be crowned the best pollinator! But things don't go as planned…

Penniless Boy, Chew Joo Chiat, APenniless Boy, Chew Joo Chiat, A by Chew, Philip

A direct descendant of Chew Joo Chiat, Philip Chew was born in 1935 and is a pioneer of Singapore in his own way. A Penniless Boy, Chew Joo Chiat tells the story of a forgotten pioneer of Singapore. It shows how Philip's fact-finding exercise becomes a search for roots, unearthing lost relations and strengthening the family bonds of the Chew family. His example will inspire you with the desire to uncover, safeguard and pass on your own family stories.

Unfree Verse: Singapore Poetry In FormUnfree Verse: Singapore Poetry In Form by Tse Hao Guang, Joshua Ip & Theophilus Kwek (Eds.)

Rhyme is Shakespeare. Rhythm is rap. Sing Lit is free verse. If you've ever had such thoughts, let this book demolish them. With poems drawn from 80 years of print and online material, UnFree Verse illuminates an important but overlooked aspect of Singapore's literary history: formal poetry in English. It features poets beloved and forgotten, immigrant and emigrant, Malayan and cosmopolitan, challenging readers to explore the dynamic landscape of poetry from, about, and around Singapore. In this collection, the formal poem becomes a focal point for the duelling forces of repetition and improvisation, standards and Englishes, freedom and boundaries. Might these constraints be fertile soil for creativity in a city like Singapore? If you think so, UnFree Verse belongs on your shelf.

From Drunken To Driven: The S.P.E.R.M. Model To Overcoming Alcoholism And Leading Fulfilling LivesFrom Drunken To Driven: The S.P.E.R.M. Model To Overcoming Alcoholism And Leading Fulfilling Lives by Dubey, Ram

From Drunken to Driven gives you a peek into the alcoholic life of Sunny. It shares insights into his experiences, thoughts, and challenges with alcoholism. It explains how he was able to triumph over this menace that had plagued his life. Anchored around the S.P.E.R.M. model, this book is peppered with researched facts, motivational statements, inspiring ideas, and healthy daily habits to drive change and contribute to rebuilding a sober, happy, and energetic life. The model provides a framework to help you recover and make a meaningful difference to yourself and also to others. This book is written with a firm belief that anyone who acknowledges his or her problem and has the courage to seek help can overcome alcoholism and lead a fulfilling life.

Private Education In Singapore: Contemporary Issues And ChallengesPrivate Education In Singapore: Contemporary Issues And Challenges by Sam Choon-Yin

Not much has been written about the private education sector in Singapore despite the fact that the sector houses about 300 private education institutions (PEIs) and enrolls about 150,000 students. In this book, the author offers an extensive discussion on (i) the key elements of the sector - types and features of the PEIs, (ii) the regulatory framework for private education, (iii) students' aspiration and the impact of the ASPIRE report on PEIs, and (iv) the provision of external degree programme through transnational partnership. The book also tackles the hotly debated discussion in relation to academic quality and standard of PEI courses.

Remembering S R Nathan: A Mentor For All SeasonsRemembering S R Nathan: A Mentor For All Seasons by Mushahid Ali; Kumar Ramakrishna

This is a collection of essays commemorating the life of Singapore's sixth President, the late Mr. S.R. Nathan. The book aims to give greater insights into the wide-ranging roles he had in his various contributions to Singapore. It reviews his leadership and influence, his distinguished civil service career, and his commitment to social service. The organisation of the sections in the book reflects the extensive footprints Mr. Nathan has left in many different sectors: foreign service; security and intelligence; community building and social welfare; labour and trade unions; media; and research and academia. This book also contains views on his remarkable career from foreign observers.

Brigadier's Daughter, The: A NovelBrigadier's Daughter, The: A Novel by Callan, Paul

Jin, a sensitive kampong boy with an artistic bent, is often found sketching hornbills in the jungle. Stephanie is the Eurasian daughter of an uncompromising brigadier, born into a world of racial and economic privilege. Their torrid affair, set in pre-merger Malaya, must be kept hidden at all costs. But the fragile relationship between these star-crossed lovers is threatened by a single secret-and a moment of thoughtlessness that will echo for decades. The Brigadier's Daughter is a tale of young love and hard choices.

US-Singapore Relations, 1965-1975: Strategic Non-Alignment In The Cold WarUS-Singapore Relations, 1965-1975: Strategic Non-Alignment In The Cold War by Chua Wei Boon, Daniel

At the height of the Cold War in Southeast Asia, the foreign relations between the United States and Singapore demonstrated the interplay between America's strategy of containment and Singapore's efforts at a non-aligned foreign policy. But there is a deeper story. American involvement in the Vietnam War not only held back the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, but also catalysed economic and strategic cooperation between the United States and Singapore. The author argues that Singapore might not have achieved its success so rapidly without the support of the US. By considering the importance of the US's role in Singapore's nation-building, this book provides an important supplement to the well-trodden narrative that attributes Singapore's success to good governance.

Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism And State Capitalism In SingaporeLiberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism And State Capitalism In Singapore by Chua Beng Huat

In Liberalism Disavowed, Chua Beng Huat examines the rejection of Western-style liberalism in Singapore and the way the People's Action Party has forged an independent non-Western ideology. This book explains the evolution of this communitarian ideology, with focus on three areas: public housing, multiracialism and state capitalism, each of which poses different challenges to liberal approaches. With the passing of the first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew and the end of the Cold War, the party is facing greater challenges from an educated populace that demands greater voice. This has led to liberalization of the cultural sphere, greater responsiveness and shifts in political rhetoric, but all without disrupting the continuing hegemony of the PAP in government.

Mee Siam Mai Hum: Some Of The Darnedest Things Our Politicians SayMee Siam Mai Hum: Some Of The Darnedest Things Our Politicians Say by Wee, Edmund (Ed.)

Mee Siam Mai Hum is the first-ever published compilation of the most memorable quotes uttered by Singapore's politicians. Collected over several years, the quotes accompany witty illustrations by Jackie Goh of The Fingersmith Letterpress. You will find verbal gaffes, stretched analogies, shockers and mind-bogglers that have created news headlines and stirred up the cybersphere.

Shanghai In 12 Dishes: How To Eat Like You Live ThereShanghai In 12 Dishes: How To Eat Like You Live There by

So many places to visit, so many delicious things to eat. Where to start, in a strange, new city? These nifty guides take visitors through the potentially bewildering process of finding authentic eats, across a variety of destinations.? Welcome to eating like a local, Shanghai style!

Pisa Ranking: Issues And Effects In Singapore, East Asia And The WorldPisa Ranking: Issues And Effects In Singapore, East Asia And The World by Soh Kaycheng

The OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is gaining increasing attention among education authorities of the world. The number of participating economies almost doubled in the past one and a half decades, increasing from 43 in 2000 when it first started to 74 in 2015. PISA assesses the performance in Reading, Mathematics, and Science of 15-year-olds with different emphases rotating among the three subjects in different exercises. The attention of the participating economies has been focused almost exclusively on the ranking results which are used to evaluate the standings and progress of their education systems, although PISA does cover many background conditions which might have influenced the performance. Interestingly, East Asian economies have been consistently in the leading positions, and Finland has been frequently cited as a model for the Western economies and even the world to emulate. This monograph contains many secondary analyses of PISA data. Using mainly simple and layman language, it equips educational administrators and policy makers with in-depth insights into some of the intricacies inherent in the PISA data for a more appropriate understanding. It is readily appreciated that such an understanding is needed to prevent misinterpretation and avoid unsound policy or wasteful action.