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Singapore is simultaneously praised for its extraordinary safety and criticised for its draconian laws. This primer seeks to explain Singapore’s achievements in creating a law-abiding society by making public peace and wellbeing as well as security of life, limb and property a centrepiece of the good life. To that end, tough laws exist against crimes that attract capital and corporal punishment, narcotics, corruption, commercial crime and cybercrime. This book also examines the role played by the prison system, internal security laws, and border security in the state’s overall approach to preserving a peaceful and secure nation.

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Singapore Chronicles: 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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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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Singapore Chronicles: RELIGION

Singapore is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world. This feature gives multiple layers and combinations of richness, hybridity, complexity and fluidity to its landscape of religious communities, orientations and interactions. This book provides an overview of Singapore’s religious diversity and focuses on some of its contemporary complexities. While recognising the positive – vibrancy and richness in religious diversity – it highlights problems and challenges posed by some religious trends and developments. The book foregrounds three religious/faith traditions and orientations – Islam, Christianity and secularism – which have become significant in recent times. It highlights some challenges of growing religiosity and religious diversity, assesses how they can be expected to evolve in the near future, and discusses how they might be navigated.

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In 2016, Singapore’s long-awaited dream of winning an Olympic gold medal was realised when Joseph Schooling touched the wall first in the 100m butterfly event. This quest for sporting glory was a stark contrast to the earlier mindset of using sports to produce fit and productive workers for a nascent economy. This primer charts the development of sports in Singapore, from the colonial days when playing football, cricket and hockey was an amateur pastime to the current emphasis on professionalism and commercialism. But ultimately, sports are about the stories of the sportsmen and sportswomen whose passion, dedication, struggles and accomplishments move a nation.

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Singapore Chronicles: TRADE UNIONS

Trade unions hold a special place in Singapore’s history. Occupying different camps on the left and right, unionists’ past struggle for social justice saw the rise of leaders who could move the masses. A dispassionate look is taken at the ideas and impulses of those who defined today’s labour movement. Can unions continue to play a key role in the future as jobs are threatened by technological change and disruption? Some observers think Singapore might have an answer. This book examines the issues critically.

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Singapore is a modern and global island-state, internationally recognised as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Since its independence, Singapore’s journey towards its present-day urban landscape has been characterised by the political will to tackle pressing priorities together with bold professional initiatives in land planning. This book examines the significant role that land planning plays in Singapore’s physical transformation and economic development, while also exploring future challenges in the light of demographic changes, technological advances and environmental pressures. These complexities will require more flexible and innovative land use policies and strategies to shape Singapore in the next 50 years.

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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.

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

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 Eurasian Heritage Dictionary: Kristang-English / English-Kristang (second edition)

First published in 2004, The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary is the first-ever dictionary of Kristang, representing a valuable resource on the language and culture of the Eurasian community. 

A language of uncommon lyricism and spirit, Kristang is the patoi of the Portuguese Eurasians of Asia. With a distinguished history that that dates to the arrival of Afonso d’Albuquerque’s fleet in Malacca in 1511, Kristang has been passed down orally from generation to generation for over 500 years. Though it has retained its European roots, Kristang has been deeply influenced by many of the languages of the region and is one of Asia’s most unique yet little-known linguistic treasures. 

The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary has played an irreplaceable role in recording and preserving this singular language and culture. Exhaustively researched and complied from interviews with native speakers, it has a comprehensive set of language features as well as dual-language explanations of Eurasian culture and its oral traditions. 

Fully illustrated with entries on Kristang songs, poems, cuisine, names, idioms and rituals, The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary encapsulates the living legacy and memories of one of Asia’s most vibrant cultures. 

This updated Second Edition features additional cultural details and Kristang texts, including both poems and prose, for an even richer cultural understanding. 

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The Quah Kim Song Story
“What made Quah Kim Song such a great football star? I think it was a combination of talent, hard work, discipline, courage and great team spirit. He also had a great coach in Uncle Choo Seng Quee. I like the story told by Kim Song.” – PROF TOMMY KOH, Honorary Chairman, National Heritage Board

“I especially loved Kim Song’s portrait of his carefree youth. I could feel, smell, hear, touch those Quah family Sundays at the Sembawang seaside bungalow! What a family, what a lost way of life! ” – ILSA SHARP, Editor/writer and former long-time Singapore resident

“I witnessed first-hand how good the Quahs were at the ‘beautiful game’. They were football artists as well as artisans, and born with natural talent and impeccable skills that were admired by fans in Singapore and beyond.” –GODFREY ROBERT, Consulting Editor, The New Paper, and former Straits Times Sports Editor

The Quah Kim Song Story is about football in Singapore and the region, told in Kim Song’s colourful football vernacular to Jacintha Stephens. This book, she says, “is of a special time and place in Singapore’s social history. Of a moment in time when a young nation suddenly found a common goal and identity – and roared their allegiance as their football team played their hearts out. This was the birth of the great Kallang Roar.”

For almost three decades, there was a Quah in the national team. A legacy started by Quah Kim Beng in the late 1950s ended with Quah Kim Song in the early 1980s. In between there were Kim Swee, Kim Siak and Kim Lye, and three sisters, Theresa, Doreen and Rosa, who also donned national colours. In his book, Kim Song delves deep into what the Quahs were all about. His anecdotes and experiences, particularly on the football pitch, added to his lively sketches of crucial games, teammates, coaches and competitors, make this a rich memoir of the Kallang Roar era. Prof Tommy Koh, in his Foreword, writes that “When the Singapore national team was playing at its peak, the whole nation was proud of it and followed each match with bated breath. …Every great team must have an inspiring striker. Quah Kim Song was our inspiring striker in the 1970s.”

CONTENTS: Foreword by Prof Tommy Koh • Baptism of Fire • “He’s My Brother!” • Kicking Around in My Backyard • Serving School and Country on the Field • Meeting My Mentor • The Cup Whisperer • Breaking Hearts – and Legs • Gearing Up for Battle • Ending the 12-year Drought • After the World Cup • So Hard To Say Goodbye

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