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My 1000 Days' Ordeal (English)
Journalists are always taught to cover the news, and not become the news.
On April 21, 2005, Straits Times correspondent Ching Cheong broke that
rule: he crossed the border into Shenzhen to investigate a manuscript of
the memoirs of the late Chinese leader, Zhao Ziyang. That was the start of
his nightmare. The next day, he was detained in isolation for more than
three months, as the Public Security Bureau tried all manner of ways short
of physical violence to get him to confess to spying for Taiwan. He was later
“tried” in a Beijing court, his 20,000-word so-called “confession” the only
evidence the State Prosecutor produced, and was summarily convicted of
spying for “foreign powers” and sentenced to five years’ jail.
His book re-counts in detail the emotional turmoil he felt at being “betrayed”
by his desire to see China and Taiwan peacefully reunified, the tortuous
circumstances under which he was compelled to write a “confession” of
his alleged crime, and his struggle to come to terms with what he – albeit
unwittingly – brought upon himself. He decided to write it “to contribute
in a small way to wiping out the soil that produces such miscarriages of
justice” in China, to make sure that he “had not gone to jail for nothing”.
For the international legions of human rights activists, Ching’s Ordeal describes,
in very ordinary terms, how the Chinese authorities — or any other
undemocratic regime — use “logic” and forms of mental torture to obtain
“confessions”. It shows up, without drama, the huge distance China needs
to cover to become a country where the rule of law is not subject to politics.
Most of all, it shows the “patriots” in the Chinese diaspora the gradient they
have to walk to separate communist dictates from a culture of which there
is much to be proud. Ching puts it simply: “I hope through the recounting
of my story to bring attention to the situation of China’s judicial system, so
that we can together build a country that respects and protects the rights
of a quarter of the world’s population.”

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My Lifelong Challenge:Singapore's Bilingual Journey (Chinese)

This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to formulate language policies. In telling Singapore’s bilingualism story, it breaks new ground with never before published revelations about education matters in Singapore. It is also a comprehensive resource for all who are interested in the primeval interplay between language and politics in Singapore. In My Lifelong Challenge, we learn of the many policy adjustments and the challenges Lee Kuan Yew encountered – from Chinese language chauvinists who wanted Chinese to be the preeminent language in Singapore, from Malay and Tamil community groups fearing that Chinese was being given too much emphasis, from parents of all races wanting an easier time for their school-going children, from his own Cabinet colleagues questioning his assumptions about language. We learn of the pain of teachers forced to switch from teaching in Chinese to teaching in English almost overnight, and of students who were caught in the transition from a Chinese medium of instruction to an English one.


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My Lifelong Challenge:Singapore's Bilingual Journey (Eng)

This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to formulate language policies. In telling Singapore’s bilingualism story, it breaks new ground with never before published revelations about education matters in Singapore. It is also a comprehensive resource for all who are interested in the primeval interplay between language and politics in Singapore. In My Lifelong Challenge, we learn of the many policy adjustments and the challenges Lee Kuan Yew encountered – from Chinese language chauvinists who wanted Chinese to be the preeminent language in Singapore, from Malay and Tamil community groups fearing that Chinese was being given too much emphasis, from parents of all races wanting an easier time for their school-going children, from his own Cabinet colleagues questioning his assumptions about language. We learn of the pain of teachers forced to switch from teaching in Chinese to teaching in English almost overnight, and of students who were caught in the transition from a Chinese medium of instruction to an English one. My Lifelong Challenge is also the story of Lee’s own struggle to learn the Chinese language. This book describes vividly his steely determination to improve his Chinese and reclaim his Chinese heritage, right up to the present when he is well into his 80s. Lee distils his experiences of 50 years into eight precepts that he spells out at the end of his narrative.


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OB Markers: My Straits Times Story
Cheong Yip Seng's memoir is much more than just a "deep-background -off-
the-record" of Lee Kuan Yew's years as Singapore's no. 1 newsmaker. It is a
chronological and sensitive explationation of how the Republic's newspaper of
record was shaped by Mr Lee - and, more important, why he took it upon
himself to do so. This memoir could not come at a more appropriate time,
when Singapore's third generation leaders find themselves in headwinds
of public opinion the first Prime Minister dealt with with a firm hand.
Whether times have changed and Singapore's current leadership can no
longer deal with The Straits Times the way Mr Lee dealt with Cheong Yip
Seng and his predecessors is a question this book throws up. The answer is
a subject worthy of debate among the myriad self-appointed and untrained
citizen journalists, who really should read this book for their own much-
needed enlightenment.
It is also for anyone interested in the future of Singapore, for its accounts
of what constituted "out of bounds" up until 2006 show how such areas
could possibly be navigated now. As Cheong's memoir of The Straits Times
for more than four decades reveals, the rationale for the Singapore media
model may be hard to accept for many liberals. But this model has been
sufficiently successful to keep Singapore's newspaper of record one of the
most successful in the world.

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One Man's View of the World by Lee Kuan Yew
In this book, Lee draws on that wealth of experience and depth of insight to offer his views on today's world and what it might look like in 20 years. This is no dry geopolitical treatise. Nor is it a thematic account of the twists and turns in global affairs. Instead, in this broad-sweep narrative that takes in America, China, Asia and Europe, he parses their society, probes the psyche of the people and draws his onclusions about their chances for survival and just where they might land in the hierarchy of tomorrow's balance of power.

What makes a society tick? What do its people really believe? Can it adapt?

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Playback - Writing An Autobiography

Racing driver, car marker, Member of Lloyd's, renowned author of some thirty books, and literacy advisor to President Sadat of Egypt when he wrote his memoirs, Raymond Flower's exhilarating authorial experience is distilled into an invaluable companion for people who are considering writing their own autobiography.


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Proudly Singaporean - My Passport to a Challenging Future

Proudly Singaporean is Alain Vandenborre's powerful and thought-provoking review of the many challenges facing Singapore today, and a moving account of why he chose to become a Singapore citizen. An entrepreneur and the Executive Director and Vice-Chairman of the Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, Vandenborre has over 20 years of business and senior management experience, and he brings insight, hope and warmth to his stirring vision for the country.

Drawing upon discussions with and writings from a host of Singapore's pre-eminent political and business leaders - including PM Goh Chok Tong, SM Lee Kuan Yew, DPM Lee Hsien Loong, Raymond Lim, BG (NS) George Yeo, SIm Wong Hoo, Ngiam Tong Dow and Teo Ming Kian, among many others - Vandenborre gives a cogent and through analysis of Singapore's achievements and upcoming trials. With passion and understanding, he provides a blue print for reinvention amid a changing geopolitical landscape, the rise of terrorism, the challenges of entrepreneurship, the increasing importance of China and India in the global society, and the growth of new industries and technologies. 

Proudly Singaporean is a compelling and timely document that is sure to benefit business leaders, entrepreneurs, the younger generation of Singaporeans who will bear the coming challenges and anyone who has ever called Singapore home.


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Puan Noor Aishah - Singapore's First Lady

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.


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SCHOOLING JOSEPH
Joseph Schooling knew that he wanted to be an Olympic gold medallist – at the age of two.

And in 2016, he did it.

The 21-year-old swimmer became Singapore’s first Olympic gold medallist – and national hero – with his win in the 100m butterfly.

He not only beat world-class competition including arguably the greatest Olympian, American swimmer Michael Phelps, but also smashed the Olympic record with his time of 50.39 seconds.

This book chronicles his swim to superstardom – from its start in Singapore when he was a child, to his sojourn in the United States for training when he was a teenager, and finally
culminating in the glory of gold in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Based on interviews and photographs with Schooling and his family and friends by Singapore’s national English newspaper, The Straits Times, over the years, the story is a study of the swimmer’s secret to success, including the sacrifices made and the support given by his family.

This official biography of Joseph Schooling carries his signature, as well as a motivational message from him to readers.

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Simple Jack
Simple Jack is a collection of simple life stories, quotes and anecdotes from Jack Sim, the iconoclastic founder of World Toilet Organisation (WTO).

As Jack puts it, life is full of contradictions, and we are often unsure about ourselves. We all live in our own personal universe. We see the world from our own unique points of view. We have become a nation of reluctant conformists, yet we lack the courage to become innovators.

This book contains simple daily philosophies for us to cope with living in a confusing world. Through this book, Jack attempts to help us free ourselves from the prescriptive nature of society.

Simple Jack will be an interesting read for all and will be immensely useful to anyone struggling to discover their identity in this fast changing world.

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