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Straight Talk- Reflections on Spore politics, economy & society

Straight Talk- Reflections on Spore politics, economy & society

Straight Talk- Reflections on Spore politics, economy & society

This is a collection of speeches and essays spanning Former Minister Raymond Lim’s 20 years in journalism, finance and politics. The issues he addressed then are still very much alive today. He lays out his views on Singapore society, politics, the economy, entrepreneurship, foreign affairs and the Asian financial crisis. Now, when the appetite for political debate has grown exponentially alongside social media, here is Straight Talk on:

  • Society - Our economy is up. No mean feat in a crisis-strewn decade. But the “feel good” factor seems missing. Why?
  • Politics - It used to be said that there is a climate of fear which deters people from speaking up against government policies. Today, the pendulum has swung the other way.
  • Economy - Many Singaporeans who visit and work in China come back shell-shocked. Will they sweep us and other small economies out of the economic landscape?
  • Entrepreneurship - We need to imbue in our young a different worldview. It is not a world where everything must have its place and nothing is left to chance. Nor is it a world where we wipe off every speck of dust and in the process lose the stardust.
  • Foreign Affairs - Because our immediate environment is fraught with many uncertainties, we must create space for ourselves to grow and prosper. The creation of space must be the single most important strategic concept of our foreign policy.
  • Financial crisis - Blaming others for the problems – the Chinese over-saving rather than American over-consuming – is not helpful in managing the crisis and minimising its recurrence. Pogo was right: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

THE AUTHOR: Raymond Lim is Chairman of APS Asset Management and Senior Advisor to John Swire & Sons (Southeast Asia). He is also a director in several listed companies in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. A former Cabinet minister, he held various ministerial appointments including Foreign Affairs, Trade and Industry, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Transport from December 2001 to May 2011. Prior to entering Parliament in 2001, Mr Lim held various senior positions in the financial industry including Chief Executive Officer of DBS Vickers Securities, Managing Director of Temasek Holdings, Research Director of Kim Eng Securities and Chief Economist of ABN AMRO Asia Securities where he was ranked one of the best economists in the region by international fund managers. Before joining the financial industry, Mr Lim was a law lecturer at the National University of Singapore and a journalist with The Straits Times Political Desk. He was also the Founding President of the political discussion group, The Roundtable. A Colombo Plan scholar, Mr Lim has a First Class Honours degree in economics from the University of Adelaide. Subsequently awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for Singapore, Mr Lim graduated with First Class Honours in the Master of Law at King’s College, Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence at Balliol College, Oxford.

Weight 0.25 grams
Author Raymond Lim
ISBN 9789814342551
Size 227mm x152mm
Extent 168pages
Hardcover / Softcover Softcover
Illustrated or Black & White black & white
Language English
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