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NI»ý· ¡ · º : NIíU (LKY ON GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT, LIFE)
“我为何要坚持新加坡人都必须学习自己的母语?就拿华人来说,我为何非要他们学习华文?……因为我相信,语言能传承价值观。学习华文,意味同时吸收中国历史、传统与文化的精髓。儒家思想中的忠、孝、仁、爱、礼、义、廉、耻,这些价值观对于建设一个国家和培养国民的素质与情操来说都至关重要。它们在瞬息万变的世界里能充当我国人民的文化基石。”—李光耀先生,摘录自《李光耀我一生的挑战——新加坡双语之路》

政治家、总理、国家领导人、丈夫、父亲。李光耀在91年的人生和跨越半个多世纪的政治生涯当中,扮演了这些和更多的角色。当时,他和其他第一代新加坡领导人,赤手让一个第三世界的穷乡僻壤,跻身第一世界。

这套三卷集从李光耀的演讲、著作和访谈中筛选出经典语录,让读者看到他对不同课题的见解,包括他的政治观点和对人生的种种观察。

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}cº ° ag?ZØ› Men In White - The Untold Story Of Singapore's Ruling Political Party
“没有人民行动党,今天的新加坡不会存在。作者通过参与这段历史行程者发出的声音讲述了故事。他们访问了双方的很多人,非共的和亲共的。他们生动地传达了当时新加坡的政治情况,在那几十年里怎样变化,以及行动党随着新加坡在其领导下改变而自己又发生了什么变化。”—— 总理李显龙

《白衣人》写的是世界上最成功之一的政党鲜为人知的内幕故事。它分三个部分陈述,是以新闻体呈献的口述历史,并夹缀诸多轶事趣
闻、直接引述和人情味描述,使得所叙述的往事变得历历在目。

为了重现这个云谲波诡又充满人性的政治剧,《海峡时报》的三名作者,在四名研究员的支援下,在新加坡、马来西亚、泰国、香港和中国,作了约300次的访谈。此外,他们也聆听了新加坡国家档案馆收藏的约200个访问录音。

结果是成就了一部对人民行动党有声有色的报道叙述——不保留,不掩饰——包括对党史中各个永久改变了新加坡道路的关键事件的生动描述。

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E W BARKER: THE PEOPLE’S MINISTER
“Barker was not a natural politician – he lacked raw political ambition and the consuming passion of the ideologically driven. He was a natural leader – in sports, in school. He also had a
first rate mind; he was a Queen’s Scholar. He was a renaissance gentleman and a human being comfortable in his own skin – no chip on the shoulder, nothing to prove and not one to seek out the political limelight.

As such, one tends to forget how much he was a crucial element in our birth as a sovereign nation – this reluctant politician was the legal mid-wife of Singapore’s Separation and birth
as an independent nation; the man who as Speaker shaped the conventions and order of a new Parliament; the man who as Minister was behind some of our most important nation-ilding endeavor like public housing, reclamation etc.

Many remark how we remember the man that Eddie Barker was and forget he was a Minister because the human being in him was always so much larger and deeper and real than any
institutional role he played at any one time.

This book attempts to piece together the story of Eddie Barker – his deeds, his accomplishments and the extraordinary life he led being the man that he was – and just how much Singaporeans and Singapore have been the beneficiaries of it.”

– Mr Benny Lim, former Permanent Secretary for National Development and former Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, who retired in April 2016

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Elections In Singapore 1948 - 2011
This is a brief history of political elections in Singapore. It is especially timely as a general election has to be held about five years after the 2011 general election. The book sets the backdrop for the forthcoming general election. How will the political process evolve in the post-Lee Kuan Yew era?

This book is written for the citizens, voters, students of history and politics, and all who have an interest in the governance of Singapore. It traces the evolution of the political process in Singapore after World War II, from Crown Colony to self-governing state, to a state within Malaysia, to an independent and sovereign Republic, up till the two
elections in 2011. It discusses the reasons for the PAP’s dominance in Parliament.

The author is a former historian and elected Member of Parliament who co-edited We Also Served: Reflections of Singapore’s Former PAP MPs, published in 2014.

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INDIA RISING FRESH HOPE, NEW FEARS

"India Rising describes key aspects of the country’s development in the last 10 years, expressing fresh hopes but also new fears under Modi. Each chapter cuts a different slice into the complex reality which is India. Like a CT scan, the slices combine to give the reader a composite sense of the unfolding Indian drama. Importantly for Asia, it also looks closely at the strategic sweet spot India has found itself in, wooed by every major power. India is too big to be ignored." — GEORGE YEO, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore

"Insightful, accessible, thoughtful and entertaining — all at once. … To know what has brought India to this point, and its place in the world today, Velloor’s book is not only timely but essential." — ZOHER F. ABDOOLCARIM, Asia Editor, TIME

"With one fascinating story after another, Velloor lifts a veil on India’s complexities and makes it more comprehensible. He has provided an enjoyable path to understand the world’s fastest rising new great power." — KISHORE MAHBUBANI, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and author of The Great Convergence: Asia, the West and the Logic of One World 

"Ravi Velloor’s connections in India gave him access into the Delhi Darbar that was the envy of foreign correspondents." — SANJAYA BARU, Director of Geo-Economics, IISS and author of The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh

In an Asia caught in rapid transition, no country is as fascinating to report on as India. Big, noisy, bulging at the seams, India’s economy and society move much like the traffic on a New Delhi road – states and sections of its people advancing at varying speeds and levels of discipline. For every high horsepower engine on the road, there is the cycle rickshaw and the humanly powered pushcart slowing movement and frustrating those who seek to travel more quickly. Meanwhile, a few nimble riders do weave ahead, often by breaking the rules of the road or fixing rules to their advantage. But behind its warts and obvious confusion, a pattern is discernible of an India that warrants optimism. This is the India of resilience, of improvisation, a nation of multiple ethnicities in 29 states jelling as one, even as they steadily and confidently embrace the world outside. … 

INDIA RISING tries to chronicle that India, alongside its convulsions. It is a collection of anecdotes and observations of the significant events that marked the decade of Congress Party rule under Manmohan Singh, culminating in the rise of Modi… It is built around the access the writer enjoyed with some of the key decision-makers of the time. It is targeted at the person who has a general idea of India, and perhaps is curious to know more. The reader is invited to begin anywhere, because the chapters are very nearly self-contained – like the traditional Indian village community that only needed to reach out of its territory for salt and matrimonial alliances.


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Neither Civil Nor Servant : The Philip Yeo Story
“Don’t call me a civil servant. I consider that an insult.” – Philip Yeo

Philip Yeo is unlike any civil servant. He prefers action over talk, cartoons over words and speed over due process. The maverick was blunt, direct and not afraid to challenge the status quo, earning him a reputation not only as one of Singapore’s most accomplished government officials, but also among its most colourful bureaucrats.

Neither Civil Nor Servant captures the half a century career of the former Economic Development Board chairman, telling the stories of brilliant achievements almost unparalleled in the history of the Singapore civil service. Yeo was the man who turned Batam into a household name in Singapore, created Jurong Island from seawater and put the country on the biomedical map globally with its iconic Biopolis. The famous rule breaker bulldozed his way through the bureaucracy he was a part of, blazing new paths in a manner more akin to an entrepreneur than a civil servant. In the process, he offended more than a few and was never afraid to challenge naysayers publicly, regardless of status and background.

In the hands of acclaimed journalist and author Peh Shing Huei, this authorised biography brings out Philip Yeo the private man behind the public figure and uncovers the behind-the-scene stories of some of Singapore’s biggest post-independence military, economic and political adventures. Neither Civil Nor Servant is an engaging and enthralling book, offering fascinating insights into one of Singapore’s most unconventional pioneer civil servants.


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Resurgent Indonesia: From Crisis to Confidence
In 1998, wracked by financial turmoil and political upheaval, Indonesia seemed like a country on the brink of collapse. Yet it has more than turned its fortunes around. Resurgent Indonesia - From Crisis to Confidence is the gripping inside account of Indonesia’s steep decline after the Asian financial crisis and its improbable recovery and rise in the ensuing two decades.

Giving readers a unique insight into Indonesia’s journey is former journalist Vasuki Shastry, who covered the tumultuous fall of Suharto for The Business Times and continued to work on matters related to Indonesia at the International Monetary Fund.

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SINGAPORE IN TRANSITION: HOPE, ANXIETY AND QUESTION MARKS
What dark secrets lurk in Singapore’s basement?

Are Singaporeans a weak people?

Do Singaporeans really deserve their wages?

Who is more out of touch – the people or their leaders?

Why did founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew change his mind about writing his memoirs?

Han Fook Kwang, the former editor of The Straits Times, provides provocative answers to these questions and more, in this collection of 40 commentaries.

It draws from some of his best works in Singapore’s main newspaper in which he writes regularly since stepping down as its editor in 2012.

Among them are pieces on his reading of the watershed 2011 General Election and the equally surprising GE in 2015, new challenges facing the economy, what ails the medical profession and the public transport system, and the importance of a vibrant civic society.

The book also features a selection of his writings on Lee, whom he worked closely with on three books, including the bestselling Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going and One
Man’s View Of The World.

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SINGAPORE IS NOT AN ISLAND Views on Singapore Foreign Policy

“Diplomacy is not about being nice, polite or agreeable. It is fundamentally about protecting and promoting the country’s interests, preferably by being nice but, if necessary, by other appropriate means.” —Bilahari Kausikan

Small states are always vulnerable. It is this sense of vulnerability that keeps Singapore alert. As a small country in Southeast Asia seeking to survive and prosper, Singapore cannot be ordinary. It must be extraordinary. Otherwise, why would anyone want to deal with Singapore rather than with larger countries? Herein lies the central challenge for Singapore in every area, including foreign policy.

Singapore is Not An Island: Views on Singapore Foreign Policy is a compilation of essays and public speeches by Bilahari Kausikan over the last 25 years. His is a frank and is passionate assessment of the geopolitical realities to date, and the uncertainties that have emerged. It is for anyone interested to know about protecting Singapore’s interests, nicely or otherwise, in a rapidly changing and complex world.


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SINGAPORE, DISRUPTED “The future is here, and I fear we are not yet ready.”
Singapore is in a state of disruption. Change is here – disorienting, disturbing, sometimes distressing change. Disruptive technologies are displacing jobs and dislodging workers. Society is showing signs of splintering. The gap between the “best” and the rest is growing. In establishment circles, members are breaking ranks. People are searching, probing, asking: what’s happening?
Change is also unequal. While shaking up many quarters at an alarming rate, it is not happening fast enough in the areas that truly matter, observes Chua Mui Hoong, political columnist and Opinion editor of The Straits Times, in this volume of fresh essays and published articles.

As a journalist who writes from both the head and the heart – and often from a heartlander’s perspective – she takes on issues such as joblessness and safety nets, meritocracy and elitism, marketplace upheavals and leadership transitions, and persuades us that in this new age of disruption, what Singapore needs is a new order.

But how can Singapore reorder itself? What can it do better? How must it move, and how can all the motion be translated into real change and advancement?
Singapore is at a crossroads. How it responds to this state of disruption will determine its place in the disrupted world.


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