Wednesday, May 09, 2012

New book on late Goh Keng Swee assesses his policy contributions

SINGAPORE: A new book about the late Dr Goh Keng Swee, Singapore's first Finance and Defence Minister, has been published.

Entitled "Goh Keng Swee: A Legacy of Public Service", the book is a collection of essays that assess his policy contributions to Singapore.

The book's authors say it's the most comprehensive review of the late Singapore leader's contributions published so far, spanning his career that started in the colonial service, right through his roles as Minister for Finance, Defence and Education.

Some say Dr Goh's natural traits made him the perfect candidate for a national hero.

Dr Emrys Chew, Editor, said: "Singaporeans are 'kiasu' (fear of losing), they are people who want results, and they are technocrats, technocrats galore, in fact, a nation of technocrats. And Dr Goh was technocrat par excellence, but he showed us the best way to do it!"

The book was launched by former President S.R. Nathan.

It surveys key phases in Singapore's transformation, where Dr Goh played a leading role in policymaking and the creation of public institutions.

The book is a second part of a commemorative series published by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and World Scientific Publishing.

Part One of "Goh Keng Swee: A Public Career Remembered" was a coffee table book published in August 2011.

Barry Desker, Dean of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said: "This book is different because it uses the skills of a group of Singapore scholars from a variety of fields who have come together to put an overall and comprehensive view of Dr Goh's contributions. What we hope to do is to encourage younger Singaporeans to think about the achievements of people like Dr Goh."

The passing of Dr Goh in May 2010 had a galvanising effect on the book, which was being written at the time. Contributors more than doubled their content, resulting in this collection of 330 pages.

- CNA/de

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Source From Channel News Asia

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