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LKY: A Pictorial Memoir
“In putting together this keepsake photo album, I hope to recapture the greatest moments of LKY, the public and private man. Most of all, I hope it will bring you much joy, as it has me.” — Stephanie Yeow, The Straits Times Picture Editor

Abridged from Lee Kuan Yew: A Life in Pictures, this book features private and public pictures of Lee. It includes some new photos as well as photos from his later years. They were chosen for their strength and quality, and edited to fit into the chronology of Lee’s life. The 188 photos in this book are captioned in English and Chinese.

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Malaysia & Singapore- The Land Reclamation Case- From Dispute to Settlement
This book tells the story of Singapore’s first experience of defending its legal rights before an international tribunal, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

In April 2002, Malaysia lodged a protest against Singapore’s reclamation works around Pulau Tekong and Pulau Ubin on the grounds that they were causing trans-boundary environmental harm to Malaysia’s territorial waters. Just a year later, after one unsuccessful meeting between the parties, Malaysia initiated proceedings against Singapore, to stop its reclamation works around these islands. Malaysia’s claim for provisional measures to stop the Pulau Tekong reclamation works until the disposal of the dispute raised the larger issue of conflicting legal rights – Singapore’s right to reclaim part of its territorial sea for national needs, and Malaysia’s concern to protect its maritime environment from harm.

The authors, who were part of the multidisciplinary and multi-agency team tasked with presenting Singapore’s case at ITLOS, recount the facts of the reclamation dispute and the ITLOS proceedings culminating in a pragmatic outcome, one that paves the way for future cases of this nature to be resolved in a similar way. This book would be of interest to students and readers of international relations, international law and the peaceful settlement of disputes.

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Married Life - Getting Along With Your Significant Other

We've all heard of marriage being the grave of love, end of freedom, and other such undesirable things. According to Straits Times journalist Leong Ching, however, there is hope for after the wedding!

This collection of 24 stories from Leong Ching's "Married Life" column are episodes and anecdotes from her days with the Significant Other. How (not) to get along, what to say, what to do, what to buy. At once warm and sensitive, the articles touch on many aspects of being half of a whole in Singapore - from courtship to babies, from romance to family policies. And in between, there's the Singapore Dream....

And then there are the true stories, all from the heart of Singapore: the old, windowed birdcage-maker in his lonely room, the forklift driver who makes a clock out of an old LD...

Married Life is the book to get for your own Significant Other.

Five Singaporean personalities give their opinion on what it means to be married as do readers of the column.


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More Talk Money

More Talk Money is a new compilation of Lorna Tan’s articles on personal finance which were published in the Invest section of The Sunday Times from 2009 till 2011.

It covers a wide range of personal finance topics from consumer protection,savings and insurance planning to stock investing and retirement. Written in an easy to understand manner, the book will appeal to anyone at any stage of his life cycle. The articles provide information on many finance-related issues and highlight the potential pitfalls of investing, as well as give tips on how we can stretch our dollars and invest to grow our nest eggs. The chapters are arranged to begin with financial topics that one is concerned when starting to earn a livelihood, then address those issues when starting a family, before ending with retirement.

Those who have enjoyed reading Lorna’s articles every Sunday and those who have missed them would find this book a must-have.


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My 1000 Days' Ordeal (Chinese)
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 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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