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Defending The Lion City

Author : Tim Huxley
ISBN : 9781741150094
Genre : History
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Surrounded by larger and more populous nations in the heart of the Muslim Malay world, Singapore has been acutely aware of its vulnerability since separating from the Malaysian federation in 1965. Singapore's government has met its defense needs with characteristic determination, building powerful, well-equipped and highly-trained armed forces based on a relatively small professional core and much larger numbers of conscript and reservist citizen soldiers.
Category: History

Goh Keng Swee

Author : Emrys Chew
ISBN : 9789814397575
Genre : Political Science
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Dr. Goh Keng Swee's extensive career as a public servant was dynamic as well as distinguished, in many ways decisively instrumental in the making of the Republic of Singapore. This distinctive collection of essays attempts an assessment of the long-term influence and significance of Dr. Goh's major contributions. Envisaged as a companion volume to Goh Keng Swee: A Public Career Remembered, this volume brings together an exceptional team of Singaporean scholars whose interdisciplinary expertise and cross-generational perspectives offer a balanced analysis and nuanced appraisal of Dr. Goh's lifetime of public service. The book's contributors argue that Dr. Goh's past endeavours bequeathed an enduring legacy, meriting fresh examination and careful evaluation in order to appreciate the heroic scale of such achievement. Particularly instructive are the examples of Dr. Goh's thinking patriotism, fiscal prudence, strategic pragmatism, and creative imagination at work — technocracy at its finest — which could be of immediate, practical benefit to a wider ‘nation of technocrats’. Further illumination comes from the insights of those contributors who had worked with the former Deputy Prime Minister and knew him personally. For a half-century that witnessed key turning points and phases of development in Singapore's transformation from colonial port city to independent global city, Dr. Goh played a leading role in the crafting and conduct of public policy, as with the creation of public institutions, which made the difference between survival and success. The organization of this volume reflects both a thematic approach and a chronological arrangement of material, the focus and the order of chapters corresponding to the historical sequence of public offices that Dr. Goh held: social welfare; political and constitutional evolution; development economics and finance; the armed forces and defence industry; the education system, from schools through higher education to the research institutes; Chinese studies, from Confucianism to ‘China watching’; and cultural development, with special emphasis on the creation of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Goh Keng Swee: A Legacy of Public Service will be read by present and future generations of public servants, by Singaporeans in general, and by all students and laypersons with an interest in the modern history of Singapore — social, economic, political, military, and cultural — to which a characteristically simple and frugal Dr. Goh contributed both decisively and unreservedly. Contents:Introduction — Goh Keng Swee: Heroic Public Servant and History-Maker of Modern Singapore (Emrys Chew)Goh Keng Swee in a Social Welfare History of Singapore (Ho Chi Tim)Goh Keng Swee in Politics and Parliament (Kevin Y L Tan)Goh Keng Swee, the Development Economist (Lee Soo Ann)Goh Keng Swee and Finance (Linda Low)Goh Keng Swee and the Emergence of a Modern SAF: The Rearing of a Poisonous Shrimp (Bernard Fook Weng Loo)Goh Keng Swee and Singapore's Defence Industrial Policy (Adrian Wee Jin Kuah)Goh Keng Swee and the Singapore Education System (Alistair Chew)Goh Keng Swee's Contributions to Higher Education, Military Studies, and the Research Institutes (Ernest Chew)Goh Keng Swee and Chinese Studies in Singapore: From Confucianism to ‘China Watching’ (John Wong)Goh Keng Swee's Cultural Contributions and the Making of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Bernard T G Tan)Concluding Reflections: Goh Keng Swee as a 'Great Man' (Kwa Chong Guan) Readership: Researchers, academics, undergraduates and graduates, in addition to professionals and the general public interested in politics, history, and Singapore's founding fathers. Keywords:Goh Keng Swee;Singapore;Singapore Story;History;Founding Father;Old Guard;People's Action Party (PAP);Nation;Nation-Building;Civil Service;Public Service;Policy;Policy-Making;Politics;Political Economy;Government;Governance;Globalization;Economic Development;Strategy;Singapore Armed Forces;Defence;National Service;Industry;Jurong Industrial Estate;Education;Meritocracy;Streaming;Confucianism;Research Institute;Jurong Bird Park;Singapore Zoo;Singapore Symphony OrchestraKey Features:Dr. Goh's colonial civil service record, with salary details, made public for the first timeAnalytical commentaries on Dr. Goh with regard to a ‘social welfare Singapore’, the establishment of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, military studies and ‘China watching’, among othersOffers the only comprehensive ‘panoptic’ survey that attempts coverage of the entirety of Dr. Goh's epic career, spanning five eventful decades of public service, from his employment in a colonial civil service through the fight for national independence to nation-building and beyondProvides a significant reframing of the ‘Singapore Story’ — including a redefinition of its protagonists — by addressing the academic discourse on founding fathers and national heroes: who is worthy of such honour, and why do they deserve to be remembered or celebrated?Presents a study of connections between the evolution of Dr. Goh's ‘official mind’ and the outworking of decision-making processes impacting upon specific areas of Singaporean society, in which the broad range of career experiences and examples elucidated in this volume could serve a didactic purpose, furnishing practical lessons for the edification of present and future generations of public servants
Category: Political Science

Goh Keng Swee

Author : Emrys Chew
ISBN : 9789814390767
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Goh's thinking patriotism, fiscal prudence, strategic pragmatism, and creative imagination at work - technocracy at its finest - which could be of immediate, practical benefit to a wider 'nation of technocrats'. Further illumination comes from the insights of those contributors who had worked with the former Deputy Prime Minister and knew him personally. For a half-century that witnessed key turning points and phases of development in Singapore's transformation from colonial port city to independent global city, Dr. Goh played a leading role in the crafting and conduct of public policy, as with the creation of public institutions, which made the difference between survival and success. The organization of this volume reflects both a thematic approach and a chronological arrangement of material, the focus and the order of chapters corresponding to the historical sequence of public offices that Dr.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Churchill And The Lion City

Author : Brian Farrell
ISBN : 9789971695651
Genre : History
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British imperialism helped shaped the modern world order. This same imperialism created modern Singapore, controlling its colonial development and influencing its post-colonial orientation. Winston Churchill was British imperialism's most significant twentieth century statesman. He never visited Singapore, but his story and that of the city-state are deeply intertwined. Singapore became a symbol of British imperial power in Asia to Churchill, while Singaporeans came to see him as symbolizing that power. The fall of Singapore to Japanese conquest in 1942 was a low point in Churchill's war leadership, one he forever labeled by calling it 'the worst disaster in British military history.' It was also a tragedy for Singapore, ushering in three years of harsh military occupation. But the interplay between these three historical forces, Churchill, Empire, and Singapore, extended well beyond this dramatic conjuncture. The Last Lion and the Lion City provides a critical examination of that longer interplay through an analysis of Churchill's understanding of empire, his perceptions of Singapore and its imperial role, his direction of affairs regarding Singapore and the Empire, his influence on the subsequent relationship between Britain and Singapore.
Category: History

The New Us Strategy Towards Asia

Author : William T Tow
ISBN : 9781317586104
Genre : Political Science
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Barack Obama’s "rebalancing" or "pivot" strategy, intended to demonstrate continued US commitment to the Asia-Pacific region in a variety of military, economic, and diplomatic contexts, was launched with much fanfare in 2011. Implicit in the new strategy is both a focus on China – engagement with, and containment of – and a heavy reliance by the United States on its existing friends and allies in the region in order to implement its strategy. This book explores the impact of the new strategy on America’s regional friends and allies. It shows how these governments are working with Washington to advance and protect their distinct national interests, while at the same time avoiding any direct confrontation with China. It also addresses the reasons why many of these regional actors harbour concerns about the ability of the US to sustain the pivot strategy in the long run. Overall, the book illustrates the deep complexities of the United States’ exercise of power and influence in the region.
Category: Political Science

Nations National Narratives And Communities In The Asia Pacific

Author : Norman Vasu
ISBN : 9781134598243
Genre : Social Science
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Many states in the Asia Pacific region are not built around a single homogenous people, but rather include many large, varied, different national groups. This book explores how states in the region attempt to develop commonality and a nation and the difficulties that arise. It discusses the consequences which ensue when competing narratives clash, and examines the nature of resistance to dominant narratives which arise. It considers the problems in a wide range of countries in the region including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
Category: Social Science

In Lieu Of Ideology

Author : Kee Beng Ooi
ISBN : 9789814311311
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Born in Malacca in 1918, Dr Goh Keng Swee reached maturity at a time when European colonialism was breathing its last. By the time this keen-eyed Malayan Became self-governing Singapore's first Minister of Finance in 1959, he had made a name for himself s the colony's foremost social scientist, having carried out groundbreaking surveys on urban poverty and housing. He immediately initiated pioneering projects that laid the ground for the island's economic success. When Singapore separated from Malaysia in 1965, Dr Goh took charge of building an army from scratch.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Ruling Elite Of Singapore

Author : Michael D. Barr
ISBN : 9780857735768
Genre : Political Science
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Michael Barr explores the complex and covert networks of power at work in one of the world's most prosperous countries – the city-state of Singapore. He argues that the contemporary networks of power are a deliberate project initiated and managed by Lee Kuan Yew – former prime minister and Singapore’s ‘founding father’ – designed to empower himself and his family. Barr identifies the crucial institutions of power - including the country’s sovereign wealth funds, and the government-linked companies – together with five critical features that form the key to understanding the nature of the networks. He provides an assessment of possible shifts of power within the elite in the wake of Lee Kuan Yew’s son, Lee Hsien Loong, assuming power, and considers the possibility of a more fundamental democratic shift in Singapore’s political system.
Category: Political Science

Defending The First

Author : Joseph Russomanno
ISBN : 9781135613716
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Defending the First provides a collection of new perspectives on the First Amendment in legal and communication contexts. Editor Joseph Russomanno brings together a roster of major figures who have participated in the shaping of First Amendment law over the past 30 years. Readers are taken into a realm of personal experience and analysis through the stories of these attorneys at the forefront of the battle to defend the "First." The contributors to this volume--all of whom have argued cases before the Supreme Court--tell about their experiences appearing before the highest court in the United States. Some write many years after being there, while others offer insights from a more recent vantage point. One Supreme Court Attorney offers a historical analysis of a case replete with a variety of First Amendment issues. This work contributes to a deeper understanding of First Amendment issues and the types of expression that the First Amendment protects, and why these rights must be protected. In addition, it provides readers with the unique perspective of those who have been on the front lines of some of the most important and influential cases in this era. The challenges of presenting an argument in this venue become clear, and it is evident that understanding one's own case, its lineage, and its likely impact all become part of the formula for success. This distinctive collection provides personal and compelling insights into the making of communication law, and it will be engaging reading for students in communication law courses. It will also appeal to any reader interested in First Amendment law.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines