Goh Keng Swee: A Public Career Remembered

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A crucial founding father of independent Singapore, Dr Goh Keng Swee has his distinguished and unparalleled stint in public service hitherto reduced to dates and designations. The book is the first to collect and present a broad range of historical material commemorating Dr Goh's public career. This book is not a biography of Dr Goh's life. Instead, it commemorates his public career and attempts to portray a more personal and candid perspective of the principal architect of independent Singapore. This is done by pulling together a variety of historical sources, ranging from Dr Goh's public statements and speeches, and existing and fresh oral interviews with his former colleagues to archival documents and imagery. This book is an important contribution not only to Singapore's history in general, providing valuable historical context to the challenges of ensuring the sustainability and survival of a young nation at the highest levels of policy-making, but also a tribute to Dr Goh — how he is remembered, respected and revered by some of his closest peers and colleagues.

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Barry Desker is the Dean of the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and concurrently Director, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, NTU. He is the inaugural Bakrie Professor of Southeast Asia Policy. Desker was the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Trade Development Board from 1994 to 2000, after serving in the foreign service since 1970. He was Singapore s Ambassador to Indonesia from 1986 to 1993; Director of the Policy, Planning and Analysis Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 1984 to 1986; and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York, from 1982 to 1984. Desker concurrently holds a number of other appointments, including serving as Non-Resident Ambassador of Singapore to the Holy See and Spain and Chairman of Singapore Technologies Marine. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the President of Mozambique. He is also a Director of the Cordell Hull Institute (Washington, DC), Honorary Advisor, UN Association of Singapore, a Board Member of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and a member of the Trilateral Commission. A President s Scholar, Desker graduated with a BA (First Class Honours in History) from the University of Singapore in 1970 and obtained an MA degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 1973 on a Ford Foundation Fellowship. He was a Ford Foundation Fellow at Cornell University from 1973 to 1974.

Kwa Chong Guan is Head of External Programmes at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies where he supports the School s networking with other think-tanks in the region. He joined the School after serving at its forerunner, the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies. Kwa started his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before moving on to the Ministry of Defence. He was seconded for several years to the Oral History Department and concurrently the old National Museum where he was involved in its reorganisation into its current three museums and their consolidation with the National Archives to form a National Heritage Board. He continues to be associated with these heritage institutions through various advisory capacities. Kwa was called up for National Service after graduating from the old University of Singapore and continued to serve as a reservist for the next 23 years. Kwa has also taught history at the National Institute of Education and the National University of Singapore as a member of their adjunct staff. He has published on subjects from the archaeology of 14th century Singapore to policy analysis for regional security crisis management.

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Book Description World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd, Singapore, 2011. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Dr Goh Keng Swee was Singapore s first Minister for Finance from 1959 to 1965 who initiated Singapore s first industrial estate now known as Jurong Town. He was also the first and longest serving Defence Minister after Singapore became independent in 1965, responsible for building up the Singapore Armed Forces from scratch. Later he became Minister for Education in 1981 and revamped the education system to what it is today. Dr Goh was also concurrently Deputy Prime Minister from 1973 to 1984 during which time he set up the Monetary Authority of Singapore.While Dr Goh s public career and achievements are well documented in press reports and archival records as well as in photographs and speeches, what is missing is an insight and exposition of Dr Goh as an individual in his various roles. Goh Keng Swee: A Public Career Remembered seeks to provide this missing dimension of Dr Goh as a person to work for. Thirty-eight persons who had the opportunity of closely observing or working with Dr Goh have contributed their reflections and recollections of Dr Goh as a person, colleague and boss , to this book. They have given candid and personal pen portraits of an unusual leader and minister, revealing a glimpse of the working habits of Dr Goh not known to most people.Drawn from oral histories and recent interviews, these reminiscences have been chronologically arranged, from those who recalled what it was like to work alongside Dr Goh on the Malayan Forum in London in the early 1950s, through his various ministerial positions, to travelling with Dr Goh after he retired from politics in 1984. What emerges from these anecdotes of Dr Goh is that he could be an extremely demanding boss , who could also be very supportive of his subordinates. They show him to be a person with a very inquisitive and creative mind capable of making great leaps of lateral thinking, able to connect disparate ideas and data to propose new and innovative solutions to intractable policy problems. He was truly a Singaporean for all seasons. Seller Inventory # AAJ9789814291385

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Book Description World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd, Singapore, 2011. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Dr Goh Keng Swee was Singapore s first Minister for Finance from 1959 to 1965 who initiated Singapore s first industrial estate now known as Jurong Town. He was also the first and longest serving Defence Minister after Singapore became independent in 1965, responsible for building up the Singapore Armed Forces from scratch. Later he became Minister for Education in 1981 and revamped the education system to what it is today. Dr Goh was also concurrently Deputy Prime Minister from 1973 to 1984 during which time he set up the Monetary Authority of Singapore.While Dr Goh s public career and achievements are well documented in press reports and archival records as well as in photographs and speeches, what is missing is an insight and exposition of Dr Goh as an individual in his various roles. Goh Keng Swee: A Public Career Remembered seeks to provide this missing dimension of Dr Goh as a person to work for. Thirty-eight persons who had the opportunity of closely observing or working with Dr Goh have contributed their reflections and recollections of Dr Goh as a person, colleague and boss , to this book. They have given candid and personal pen portraits of an unusual leader and minister, revealing a glimpse of the working habits of Dr Goh not known to most people.Drawn from oral histories and recent interviews, these reminiscences have been chronologically arranged, from those who recalled what it was like to work alongside Dr Goh on the Malayan Forum in London in the early 1950s, through his various ministerial positions, to travelling with Dr Goh after he retired from politics in 1984. What emerges from these anecdotes of Dr Goh is that he could be an extremely demanding boss , who could also be very supportive of his subordinates. They show him to be a person with a very inquisitive and creative mind capable of making great leaps of lateral thinking, able to connect disparate ideas and data to propose new and innovative solutions to intractable policy problems. He was truly a Singaporean for all seasons. Seller Inventory # AAJ9789814291385

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