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SINGAPORE CHRONICLES : SOCIAL SERVICES
SOCIAL SERVICES

This book presents a historical overview of personal social services in Singapore, known fundamentally as social welfare. The well-being of the Singapore nation is usually understood and presented in broad imperatives, such as defence and economy. In the colonial times, relatively less attention was paid to the significant everyday needs of Singaporeans at various stages in their lives, anticipated or otherwise. The post-colonial government had taken these matters seriously and over time addressed many issues of social welfare in a systematic and sustainable fashion. However, this is work in progress as social welfare is not a static concept and people are a static group.

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SINGAPORE CHRONICLES : THEATRE
THEATRE

Theatre is the most active and vibrant of the performing arts in Singapore. This book surveys the beginnings, evolution and current state of the theatre in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil against the backdrop of Singapore’s rise as a nation and as a cultural polity. The book examines issues of regulation, cultural-linguistic imperatives, and the use of theatre as a mirror to Singapore which asks the nation and its people to reflect on themselves and their contexts.

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SINGAPORE CHRONICLES : TRANSPORT
TRANSPORT

This book traces the development of Singapore’s land transport system since its modern founding in 1819. Until Independence in 1965, the provision of roads, traffic devices, and private, public and non-motorised transport were permitted to develop without any masterplanning. It was not until a sound and workable transport strategy was formulated
in the early 1970s and implemented rigorously, that there was a marked improvement in the provision of transport services. Besides the tested methods of building roads, and implementing better traffic management and improved bus and rail services, Singapore is a pioneer in road congestion pricing. The safe and efficient movement of people
and goods will always remain a top priority.

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SINGAPORE CHRONICLES : WATER
WATER

Water is more than a basic human necessity in Singapore. Its supply was a strategic collaboration between two British colonies and, later, formed the core of the two independent nations’ strategic relationship. This book traces the story of how Singapore was almost totally dependent on the Malay Peninsula to quench its daily thirst and how it has now become almost self-sufficient. Water is also a catalyst for a nation’s economic development, and lies at the heart of a city’s living environment. This book details the transformation of the water landscape made possible by judicious long-term planning alongside technology and policy innovation. It ends with a view of the nation’s future opportunities, both economic and strategic, that have been created as a result of this transformation.

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Singapore Chronicles: COLONIAL SINGAPORE
COLONIAL SINGAPORE

This book is a history of Singapore from the founding of a settlement by Raffles in 1819, to the post-imperial phase inaugurated by World War II and the Japanese invasion. It shows how colonial Singapore matured as an economy and developed as a society even as it grew into a commercial centre that was also a centre for the movement of people and ideas. The book captures the essence of the island-city’s place in the Asian economic and political scheme of things as European imperialism reached its zenith before giving way to Japan’s military advance. The fall of Singapore to the Japanese in February 1942 embodied the new times. The return of the British after the Japanese defeat in 1945 set the stage for a fresh phase of Singapore’s political development as the anti-colonial movement grew in strength.

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Singapore Chronicles: Constitution
CONSTITUTION

Unlike many former British colonies, Singapore has prospered without abandoning the established constitutional order. Against that framework, this book traces the development of Singapore’s Constitution. It analyses Singapore’s unique representative model, and the roles of the Executive, and the Judiciary. Citizenship, equality, fairness and the minorities are issues that are treated within this constitutional framework, as is the protection of human rights. The book holds that the Singapore Constitution is a pragmatic document that facilitates governmental action for social and economic progress while assuring the public of a large measure of stability.


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Singapore Chronicles: Defence
DEFENCE

How can a tiny island defend itself against Goliaths in the region? This book addresses that often-asked question. Singapore’s defence works within a strategic culture which assumes the country’s intrinsic vulnerability, stemming from its inherent smallness and historic hostilities. Singapore believes that the challenges to its survival and success can be overcome if the Government and the people commit sufficient resources to a strong defence posture. This primer provides an introduction to what is Singapore’s defence policy and why has it adopted the approach that it has. It details the wide-ranging role the Singapore Armed Forces plays in Singapore’s defence, one that is not always conspicuous. The domestic challenges faced from possessing such an expensive, albeit formidable and technologically-advanced, force are also examined.


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SINGAPORE CHRONICLES: DEMOGRAPHY
DEMOGRAPHY

Singapore’s population is a veritable mix of nationalities, ethnic groups, languages and religious affiliations. Its unique trajectory of size and composition is mapped out by various phases of migration. There also has been a demographic transition from high birth and death rates in the post-World War II years to the very low birth and death rates today. This book traces the trends and developments in Singapore’s population from the pre-Independence period, when there was relatively little control over migration and fertility; through the period of population control from Independence to the 1980s; to the more expansionary years from the mid-1980s until recently.

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SINGAPORE CHRONICLES: DIPLOMACY
DIPLOMACY

Diplomacy has played a significant part in Singapore’s success story abroad over the past 50 years. This book shows how Singapore has dealt with many daunting challenges: separation from Malaysia; Independence; Communist insurgency; racial tensions; confrontation with immediate neighbours; wars in Southeast Asia; oil shocks and financial crises; the waxing and waning of major powers; and terrorism, pandemics and transboundary pollution. Singapore’s diplomacy has distinctively combined the characteristics of overcoming vulnerability; linking national security with economic development; being proactive in international affairs; and emphasising cooperation with multiple partners. The book also derives lessons from the past half-century that can help Singapore develop even more agile diplomatic responses and far-sighted strategic planning.


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Singapore Chronicles: EDUCATION
EDUCATION

Singapore has been hailed as a great success in educating its citizens. Now, an educated citizenry seeks to influence, if not change, the nature of the state, the state’s compact with its citizens, and the role that education must play in the future. Against that background, this book examines the impact of education in Singapore’s transformation by studying the social, political and economic contexts within which policy and practice are embedded. It examines the key imperatives and principles that drove policy formulation, the success and failures of policy implementation, and how the state, at various times, fashioned education to meet its imperatives.

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