Goh Keng Swee: A Portrait
by Tan Siok Sun
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Dr Goh Keng Swee's public career spanned two eventful decades. He was a founding and key member of Singapore's ruling political party, and played a significant role in creating and shaping the destiny of Singapore today. His areas of responsibility were wide-ranging, including finance, defence and education. Yet for all his accomplishments, he was a private man and few were fully aware of all the influences that shaped his thoughts and actions.
During his periods of service as Minister for Finance, Defence and Education during the 1960s and 1970s, Dr Goh oversaw Singapore's achievement of Independence, the creation of the Singapore Armed Forces, the start of National Service, and the establishment of the Jurong Industrial Estate.
Based on extensive research, including interviews with family members, friends and colleagues, this is an anecdotal account of Dr Goh's life story told by the author, his daughter-in-law. The author traces Dr Goh's footsteps from his humble beginnings in Melaka, to his days at Raffles College and the London School of Economics, to his service in the Singapore Government, and, finally, to his retirement.
The book traces the evolution of Dr Goh's thought, as he moved on in life: a top student in school, a civil servant under colonial rule, a young Nationalist, and finally one of the key architects of post-independencec Singapore. Dr Goh's story is one of daring, moral courage and of friendships forged ovr many years. Above all, his achievements in helping create the modern landscapes of institutions, environments and values that constitute Singapore today represent a vital legacy for the nation's present and future generations.
- Editions Didier Millet, June 2011
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