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Diplomacy: A Singapore Experience
After more than four decades of independence, Singapore has built up a significant corpus of norms, principles and experiences that form the bedrock of its foreign policy. Many of these milestone events and watershed moments in MFA's history are known only to a handful of ministers and officials. There is a need to always remember the fundamentals of our key foreign policy interests. In Diplomacy: A Singapore Experience, Prof S Jayakumar records his reflections on selected episodes and events where he was involved as Minister or as Permanent Representative to the UN. They illustrate how Singapore created diplomatic and economic space for itself, and its proactive diplomacy in the UN and ASEAN. The author also recounts Singapore's responses to moves by other countries that were inimical to its national interests, resolving disputes in an amicable manner through third party settlement, now an important feature of Singapore's foreign policy. Included are episodes in bilateral relations with Malaysia, Indonesia and China which demonstrate that such relations must be on the basis of equals respecting each other's soverign status, and also in compliance with international law and international agreements.

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Founding Fathers (combined)
What do we know of the Singapore story today? We often tend
to dismiss the past as dry history, a list of dates or milestones of
events.
How many people actually know:
• the huge effort to relocate our people from farms to flats?
• the secretive efforts to build Singapore’s defence force?
• Singapore’s industrialisation drive – once called “Goh’s folly”?

FOUNDING FATHERS is a handy series featuring 10 must-know individuals who were at the beginning of the Great Adventure of Independent Singapore. It offers a comprehensive guide for busy readers. Hear their words. Read insiders’ comments. Get a glimpse of their lives through pictures and cartoons. Understand their legacy.

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Founding Fathers (GREAT SINGAPORE STORIES series)

The first in the Great Singapore Stories series comprises 10 books in an attractive collection on the “FOUNDING FATHERS” who were at the start of the Great Adventure of Independent Singapore. What do we know of the Singapore story today?

We dismiss the past as dry history, a list of dates or milestones of events. How many people know:

  • the huge effort to relocate our people from farms to flats?
  • the secretive efforts to build Singapore’s defence force?
  • Singapore’s industrialisation drive – once called “Goh’s folly”?

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From Clementi To Carnegie
From Clementi to Carnegie is an inspirational autobiography of
Singaporean violinist Siow Lee Chin. The story of one of Singapore’s favorite
daughters of classical music began at age 15 when, against the odds,
Lee Chin made the leap from her humble Clementi HDB flat to become
the first Singaporean talent-spotted to study at America’s prestigious
Curtis Institute of Music, which has produced musical giants the likes of
conductor Leonard Bernstein. Single-handedly, she carved a name as one
of the most distinguished violinists of her generation, at a time when
classical music was not the popular career choice in Singapore. But success
was by no means smooth sailing.
In 2012, she faced her biggest setback – a career-threatening injury from
a car accident which broke both bones in her left arm – the arm which
holds her violin. Surgery could not guarantee that she would ever regain
the fine motor skills needed to make her violin sing again. But through
faith and determination, she worked note by note, scale by scale to put
her life together again. A year after her accident, she made her comeback
as a soloist performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, considered one
of the most technically demanding pieces for a violinist. Today, Lee Chin
is 100% back on track (with titanium-reinforced arms), honoured to share
her inspirational journey with the world.

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Keeping the Faith- Syed Isa Semait, Mufti of Singapore 1972-2010
His role to forge a Singapore Muslim identity has helped the community to thrive in a multi-religious, modern and cosmopolitan Singapore. — Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic, Studies, Oxford University, UK. Mufti Syed Isa has played a very significant role in providing, leadership and inspiration in enhancing the bond of relationship, among the many faith communities for the greater good of Singapore, and beyond. — Retired Revd Dr John Chew, Bishop of Singapore. Syed Isa Semait worked as a typist, welder, bookseller and marriage registrar before being appointed Mufti of Singapore in 1972 at the age of 33. He soon found his decisions aimed at improving the religious life of Singapore’s Muslim community challenged by many. Some called him a government lackey. But backed by his peers and older religious leaders, he persevered and gradually won the hearts and minds of many Muslim Singaporeans round to what he was convinced was the best way for them to organise their religious affairs in the midst of rapid development. Keeping the Faith tells the story of Syed Isa, the Mufti of Singapore for almost40 years, and how with his guidance, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis, or Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura) oversaw improvements to the collection and administration of zakat or tithes, the fixing of Islamic calendar dates, the administration of wakaf or endowments, and the revamping of religious education to keep up with changing times. By the time he stepped down from the post of Mufti at the end of 2010, Syed Isa had helped see to a more confident and progressive Muslim community that was no less religious but more conscious of the role it could play in a cosmopolitan, multi-religious Singapore. As an active member of the Inter-Religious Organisation, Syed Isa also led the way in fostering friendships with leaders of the various faiths in Singapore.
Keeping the Faith shows how Syed Isa applied his knowledge and convictions to help shape what he believed would lead to the best outcomes for his community.

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Lee Kuan Yew: a tribute
LEE KUAN YEW: a tribute is a keepsake collection of stories on Singapore’s first prime minister, initially published in The Straits Times from 23 to 27 March 2015. It captures Lee Kuan Yew’s impact on Singaporeans and on the geopolitical stage, in tributes from his colleagues, family and friends, and essays by the newspaper’s most seasoned political journalists.

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Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going

Why is Lee so hard on his political opponents? Could the PAP ever lose its grip on power? Are the younger leaders up to the mark? Will growing religiosity change Singapore for the better of worse? How will rising giants China and India affect Singapore’s fortunes? Why is rich Singapore so parsimonious when spending on the poor and disadvantaged? Why the drive to attract immigrants despite Singaporeans’ discomfiture? Lee, fielding these and many other questions in the book and on DVD, is combative, thought-provoking and controversial. You may not agree with Lee, but you will find yourself challenged to consider the reasons for his views.


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Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going (CHINESE)

Why is Lee so hard on his political opponents? Could the PAP ever lose its grip on power? Are the younger leaders up to the mark? Will growing religiosity change Singapore for the better of worse? How will rising giants China and India affect Singapore’s fortunes? Why is rich Singapore so parsimonious when spending on the poor and disadvantaged? Why the drive to attract immigrants despite Singaporeans’ discomfiture? Lee, fielding these and many other questions in the book and on DVD, is combative, thought-provoking and controversial. You may not agree with Lee, but you will find yourself challenged to consider the reasons for his views.


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Living The Singapore Story Celebrating our 50 years 1965 - 2015
Living The Singapore Story is about Singapore, all 50 years of it as an independent nation. It is not a history book, or about its politics or its national leaders. It is about the people of Singapore and the stories they have to tell, in their own words. They come from all walks of life - policeman, soldier, doctor, nurse, car salesman, bus driver, teacher, businessman, architect and more - reflecting the diversity that is Singapore. Some are well-known personalities you may recognise but many are ordinary folks.

There are personal stories, of the lives they led, the jobs they did, the challenges they faced, the things they enjoyed doing. Collectively, they tell the story of a people overcoming the odds to build a nation. As Singapore marks its 50th anniversary, their stories, in this book commissioned by the National Library Board and produced by Straits Times Press, are worth celebrating.

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LKY: A Pictorial Memoir
“In putting together this keepsake photo album, I hope to recapture the greatest moments of LKY, the public and private man. Most of all, I hope it will bring you much joy, as it has me.” — Stephanie Yeow, The Straits Times Picture Editor

Abridged from Lee Kuan Yew: A Life in Pictures, this book features private and public pictures of Lee. It includes some new photos as well as photos from his later years. They were chosen for their strength and quality, and edited to fit into the chronology of Lee’s life. The 188 photos in this book are captioned in English and Chinese.

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