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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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Straight Talk- Reflections on Spore politics, economy & society

This is a collection of speeches and essays spanning Former Minister Raymond Lim’s 20 years in journalism, finance and politics. The issues he addressed then are still very much alive today. He lays out his views on Singapore society, politics, the economy, entrepreneurship, foreign affairs and the Asian financial crisis. Now, when the appetite for political debate has grown exponentially alongside social media, here is Straight Talk on:

  • Society - Our economy is up. No mean feat in a crisis-strewn decade. But the “feel good” factor seems missing. Why?
  • Politics - It used to be said that there is a climate of fear which deters people from speaking up against government policies. Today, the pendulum has swung the other way.
  • Economy - Many Singaporeans who visit and work in China come back shell-shocked. Will they sweep us and other small economies out of the economic landscape?
  • Entrepreneurship - We need to imbue in our young a different worldview. It is not a world where everything must have its place and nothing is left to chance. Nor is it a world where we wipe off every speck of dust and in the process lose the stardust.
  • Foreign Affairs - Because our immediate environment is fraught with many uncertainties, we must create space for ourselves to grow and prosper. The creation of space must be the single most important strategic concept of our foreign policy.
  • Financial crisis - Blaming others for the problems – the Chinese over-saving rather than American over-consuming – is not helpful in managing the crisis and minimising its recurrence. Pogo was right: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

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The Big Ideas of Lee Kuan Yew
“Lee Kuan Yew has long stood out as one of the century’s wisest and most consequential Asian leaders. This book, collecting accounts from close associates who joined him in building a new nation, makes an important contribution to the understanding of Lee Kuan Yew’s achievement.” –HENRY A. KISSINGER, Former US Secretary of State

Lee Kuan Yew was born in 1923, a time when Singapore was under British rule. After experiencing the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, he travelled to England to study Law. Mr Lee’s legal career in Singapore was marked by increasing political involvement. Together with a group of like-minded individuals, he formed the People’s Action Party (PAP) in 1954. Following the PAP’s victory in the 1959 Legislative Assembly general elections, Mr Lee became the first Prime Minister of Singapore, at the age of 35. He held this position until 1990. After stepping down from the premiership, he remained in the Cabinet until 2011, serving as Senior Minister and subsequently as Minister Mentor.

Mr Lee oversaw Singapore’s transformation from a Third World country to a First World country. This remarkable achievement has long prompted admiration and debate. This volume makes a distinctive contribution to our understanding of Mr Lee’s legacy because for the first time the men and women who worked closely with him have come together to discuss his ideas. The resulting essays shed valuable light on a wide range of topics including law and politics, society and economics, and governance and foreign affairs.

THE AUTHORS:
Chan Heng Chee, Bilahari Kausikan,Chan Sek Keong, Kishore Mahbubani,Janadas Devan, SR Nathan,Heng Swee Keat, Seng Han Thong, Peter Ho ,Yong Ying-I, S Jayakumar

THE EDITORS:
SHASHI JAYAKUMAR is a member of the Administrative Service of Singapore and Deputy Head of the Centre of Excellence for National Security at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University.
RAHUL SAGAR is Associate Professor at Yale-NUS College and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Previously he was Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He is the author of Secrets and Leaks, published by Princeton University Press.

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The Making of NTU-My Story
From its origins in the former Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI), which was set up in 1981 to provide facilities for tertiary education and research in various branches of engineering and technology, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has undertaken an extraordinary journey of excellence to become one of the world’s top young universities. In The Making of NTU, Cham Tao Soon gives a firsthand account of the 22 years he spent in building up NTI, which was later inaugurated as NTU. It is a remarkable story of how a very small team of dedicated people were put to the test in starting a university from scratch. Searching the world for teaching staff with the right credentials, it was impressed upon Cham more than once that they were “indeed a small start-up in the large engineering universe”. Yet, in just four years, NTI was singled out as one of the best engineering institutions in the world by the Commonwealth Engineering Council. How they did this is Cham Tao Soon’s story.
THE AUTHOR: Cham Tao Soon became the founding President of Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI) in 1981. After NTI was reconstituted as Nanyang
Technological University (NTU) in 1991, he served as its President until December 2002. He was conferred the title of President Emeritus in July 2007. During his term, Cham played a historic role in transforming NTI from humble beginnings into a major university for industry and business. Beyond NTU, Professor Cham has been involved in the formation of the Singapore Management University in 1997, a spin-off from the Singapore Institute of Management. He is currently the Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of SIM University. Cham remains active in the local industry and the engineering profession, having served on the boards of Natsteel Ltd, Singapore Press Holdings, United Overseas Bank and WBL Corporation Ltd. He has also served on high-level committees, including the Council of Presidential Advisers. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Fluid Mechanics) from the University of Cambridge, UK, and has received a number of awards, including the Public Administration Medal (Gold) and the Distinguished Service Order, both conferred by the Singapore government.

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THE PRESIDENTS OF SINGAPORE: BENJAMIN SHEARES
He was a well-known doctor and professor, and was one of the leading names in obstetrics and gynaecology in Singapore for decades.

And when he was 63 years old, he was asked to be the second President of Singapore, after the first President Yusof Ishak died in 1970.

What was Benjamin Sheares like as a President? Did he continue practising as a doctor after he became President? And who described
him as “a perfect gentleman?”

The answers to these questions and more can be found in this easy-to-read book, which is targeted at upper primary and lower
secondary pupils.

It has many photographs of Benjamin Sheares and readers will enjoy seeing him in his early years, when he was a professor, and also in
more relaxed, unguarded moments.

About the series
This is the first book in a series on the Presidents of Singapore, beginning with the first three Presidents:
• The Presidents of Singapore: Yusof Ishak
• The Presidents of Singapore: Benjamin Sheares
• The Presidents of Singapore: Devan Nair

All three books come with facts about the Singapore Presidency, such as how the President is chosen and what his or her duties are.
The books will be of interest to all Singaporeans and are especially relevant in light of the Presidential Election, to be held in September.
With pages to scan for additional material To make the books more interactive and exciting for young readers,
Straits Times Press has for the first time teamed up with a Singapore headquartered company that runs an app called SnapLearn.

Users who download the free app on their mobile phones will be able to scan certain pages in the books to access additional material including videos. Each book comes with a page of simple instructions, and the pages to be scanned have an icon for easy recognition.

About the author
Edmund Lim is an educator and the author of Where’s Grandma, which won the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award in 2013.

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THE PRESIDENTS OF SINGAPORE: DEVAN NAIR
C.V. Devan Nair, the son of a rubber plantation clerk, rose from humble beginnings to become an outstanding union leader, a Member of Parliament, and eventually President of Singapore.

This book, which is targeted at upper primary and lower secondary pupils, describes Nair’s childhood and his years growing up in an anti-colonial household.

It also describes in detail how, during the tumultuous post-war years, Nair came to the attention of the British authorities, who were cracking down on anti-colonial activities, and ended up spending a total of about five years in detention.

It gives an excellent overview of the exciting early years of Nair’s life in the 1950s and 60s as a teacher, a unionist and an MP, and highlights his dedication and contributions to the NTUC.

About the series
This is the first book in a series on the Presidents of Singapore, beginning with the first three Presidents:
• The Presidents of Singapore: Yusof Ishak
• The Presidents of Singapore: Benjamin Sheares
• The Presidents of Singapore: Devan Nair

All three books come with facts about the Singapore Presidency, such as how the President is chosen and what his or her duties are.

The books will be of interest to all Singaporeans and are especially relevant in light of the Presidential Election, to be held in September.
With pages to scan for additional material
To make the books more interactive and exciting for young readers, Straits Times Press has for the first time teamed up with a Singapore headquartered company that runs an app called SnapLearn.

Users who download the free app on their mobile phones will be able to scan certain pages in the books to access additional material including videos. Each book comes with a page of simple instructions, and the pages to be scanned have an icon for easy recognition.

About the author
Edmund Lim is an educator and the author of Where’s Grandma, which won the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award in 2013.


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THE PRESIDENTS OF SINGAPORE: YUSOF ISHAK
Every time we use a Singapore bank note, we see his face – the face of Yusof Ishak, the first President of Singapore.

But did you know that he had to overcome challenges in his life and was also a champion in sports such as weightlifting and boxing?

And not many people know that when he got married, in 1949, he and his wife lived in a kampung house with no electricity – the
couple used kerosene lamps for light.

This book, which is targeted at upper primary and lower secondary pupils, will make this icon of Singapore come alive. It is suitable for
anyone who wants an overview of the life and background of the first President of Singapore.

General readers will come away with a better appreciation of him as a leader, a newspaperman and a family man, and will enjoy the
many photographs of Yusof Ishak, at formal occasions and in less formal moments.

About the series
This is the first book in a series on the Presidents of Singapore, beginning with the first three Presidents:
• The Presidents of Singapore: Yusof Ishak
• The Presidents of Singapore: Benjamin Sheares
• The Presidents of Singapore: Devan Nair

All three books come with facts about the Singapore Presidency, such as how the President is chosen and what his or her duties are.
The books will be of interest to all Singaporeans and are especially relevant in light of the Presidential Election, to be held in September.

With pages to scan for additional material
To make the books more interactive and exciting for young readers, Straits Times Press has for the first time teamed up with a Singapore headquartered
company that runs an app called SnapLearn.

Users who download the free app on their mobile phones will be able to scan certain pages in the books to access additional material including videos. Each book comes with a page of simple instructions, and the pages to be scanned have an icon for easy recognition.

About the author
Edmund Lim is an educator and the author of Where’s Grandm, which won the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award in 2013.

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