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SINGAPORE CHRONICLES: ENVIRONMENT
ENVIRONMENT

This book documents Singapore’s journey towards greater environmental sustainability, biodiversity, and public cleanliness. Its draws on the experiences of two government institutions: the National Parks Board and the National Environment Agency. It assesses Singapore’s record in achieving for its residents a higher quality of life, greater environmental sustainability, and an aesthetically pleasant place in which to live and to work.

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Singapore Chronicles: Eurasians
EURASIANS

Eurasians are people who have both European and Asian ancestry. They face and overcome issues of identity in Singapore that appear not to apply to certain other ethnic minorities here. To understand this phenomenon, this book explores the social history of Singapore Eurasians, focusing particularly on the 50 years since independence. The author, himself a Eurasian, also explains how one cardinal principle of post-colonial Singapore – the ideology and policy of multiracialism – has affected the evolution of the Eurasian identity.

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Singapore Chronicles: Heritage
HERITAGE

Heritage means different things to different people. This book provides a guide to Singapore heritage and its preservation and promotion since 1959, when Singapore first attained full self-government and thereafter for the first 50 years of Independence. It conveys the thoughts of policy-makers, conservationists, architects, city planners, museum curators, historians, academics and community advocates – a diversity that attests to the wide range of ways in which heritage has an impact on the lives of Singaporeans. As heritage has no end point, the book concludes with a reflection on the future of heritage – whence it came, where it goes.


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Singapore Chronicles: INDIANS
INDIANS

Though a small minority within the Singapore society, the Indian community displays deep diversity within its own fabric. This book seeks to unpack complex questions of identity in Singapore’s Indian community. Discussing the story of Singapore Indians within the larger narrative of Indian displacement and placement globally, it goes on to contextualise the Indian presence in Malaya and Singapore historically. The author maps the socio-economic, religious and linguistic complexities of the community, which is further complicated by ongoing new arrivals from India. The dynamics of the Indian community is as rich as it is complex.

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Singapore Chronicles: Japanese Occupation
JAPANESE OCCUPATION

This is a short account of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, which lasted for from February 1942 to August 1945. Those tumultuous days are largely forgotten nowadays, especially by the younger generation, but they were a time of living dangerously. As this account brings out, life and death were often not more than a hair’s breadth apart, and Singaporeans had to fight for their very survival and existence. If any good came from those years, it was that Japan’s defeat of British colonial rule led to the realisation that Singaporeans could stand on their own feet, which led to the eventual establishment of the Republic of Singapore.

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Singapore Chronicles: LAW
LAW

This book tells the story of the Singapore legal system. Beginning with the British years, it moves on to the post-independence period, when a new Singapore had to grapple with the judicious mix of legacy laws and new laws that the new environment demanded. That was followed by the years of expansion as the complexity of the local environment deepened. The legal system had to be further refined as Singapore embraced technological advances and globalisation. This is a story of a fast changing and yet remarkably stable legal system that has been the cornerstone of Singapore’s commitment to the rule of law.

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Singapore Chronicles: MALAYS
MALAYS

The vicissitudes of history, from Raffles’ purchase of the Singapore island from a Malay sultan to the short-lived merger with Malaya, have left a lasting mark on the Malays of Singapore. This book offers a glimpse of the community as it adapted to its minority status and responded to the myriad challenges of historical, social and political changes. Unlike among the Chinese and the Indians, there is remarkable cohesiveness within the community as most speak Malay and practise Islam. Yet, like the other communities, it struggles to retain its culture, tradition and values against the onslaught of urbanisation and Westernisation. With a focus on Malay leadership, education, religion, Syariah laws, language and literary tradition, this book evaluates how these aspects
have evolved over the decades. Problems pertaining to the community’s socio-economic progress and future challenges are also discussed. This primer is an introduction to one of Singapore’s small yet resilient and remarkable communities.

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SINGAPORE CHRONICLES: OPPOSITION
OPPOSITION

In the 2015 General Election, which coincided with the 50th year of Singapore’s Independence, six seats went to the opposition. This formed just about 7 per cent of all elected seats, but still represented a remarkable achievement after the whittled-down opposition presence in Parliament from 1965 to 2011. This primer traces the eventful history of Singapore’s opposition parties from post-World War II days to the present. It tells the story of these parties, which is one filled with personalities, setbacks and ideals. It also examines the opposition movement’s challenges and prospects – in particular, its potential growth trajectories and the shape of Singapore’s political system in the future.

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Singapore Chronicles: PRE-COLONIAL SINGAPORE
PRE-COLONIAL SINGAPORE

The conventional and dominant view of Singapore’s history is that it began with Stamford Raffles’ arrival on the island in January 1819, and that nothing of significance, if at all anything, happened on this island before that. This book attempts a re-examination of the existing evidence in conjunction with excavated archaeological evidence and Portuguese and Dutch archival records to argue that there were significant developments on and around the island. They shaped Singapore’s historical development after 1819 and could alter our understanding of what Singapore is about in history.

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SINGAPORE CHRONICLES: PRESIDENCY
PRESIDENCY

The Elected Presidency represents one of the most distinctive institutional innovations that Singapore has made to the constitutional order in the first 50 years of its existence. Its original primary intention was to serve as a check on a powerful Parliament that could bankrupt the national reserves either through buying votes, fraud or sheer incompetence. However, experience has shown that this institution has evolved in ways unanticipated by its original design. This book traces the fascinating twists and turns of the relatively short history of the Elected Presidency in Singapore and how it has reached a new equilibrium.


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