Goh Keng Swee: A Potrait

July 23, 2007 at 11:15 p07 (Default)

Read GKS biography by her daughter-in-law over the weekend. Good read – now i know why/how Singapore started their …

  • Armed Forces
  • Economic Development Board
  • Jurong Town Corporation
  • Government Investment Council

and PAP struggle to overcome the communist, merger/separation with Malaysia etc. In the book, it was mentioned that people were so poor that they were actually starving to death in the Singapore of the 50s. Looking at Singapore now, you can’t imagine that this place was so poor 50 years ago! An interesting fact in the book – the British was betting on PAP during the merger with Malaysia to take on MCA and finally displacing them in Malaya (old Malaysia). Can’t imagine uncle Lee running Malaysia – no chewing gum, no F1, no casino, no racial quota etc. Hahaha, this was history and now we know how things have changed!!

This book wont make you a Singapore historian but would definitely let you see the institutions here that we have today in a new light and how far the Singaporeans have come! It is interesting to note how GKS created the “aura” that Jurong (then a swamp) was a “happening” place for investors by insisting to his men to organise a “cut-ribbon” ceremony with full media attention:- GKS’s target? a ceremony a day for three months. There were less than ten investment projects in Jurong then. How this was done? GKS applied the Sun Tzu Art of War technique. How?

Read the book lah…..

 more links here, here

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8 Comments

  1. Simple American said,

    I wonder if I can find that book over here. Really want to learn more of you chaps history. Thanks for the heads up. 🙂

    4f: hei SA, email me your address & will send you one!!

  2. zara's mama said,

    Zzzzzzz..
    Hate history books, although I love non-fiction books about Chinese lives China during Mao’s ruling.

    4f: hahaha… but i think tis book & the one on tun dr ismail are very well written…. interesting and not too detail laden.

  3. zeroimpact said,

    It is alway good to know more
    🙂

    4f: beside gks, i had read the bio on tun dr ismail. malaysia could be very diff if he & razak had lived longer…

  4. Mick said,

    Do you have those thick LKY books as well?

    4f: i had the 1st one but a fren borrowed and never return

  5. Leonard said,

    i never like to read books, good for you to know better of the singapore history!

    since the PAP built up this country, now they are riping the riches of its people in order to continue improve this small island!

    4f: read the book and will know how we arrived …

  6. Immomsdaughter said,

    Hi, just dropped by to see how you are doing. Noticed that you’ve been blogging less so I hope things are going well & keeping you busy. Take care.

    4f: very nice of you! i am still taking pic and putting up story but no time to blog them. will never disappear completely

  7. winn said,

    ermmmm okok bloggin no fun..
    i still havent read my superman book yet!
    super what?
    yea..i bought a superman..-_-

    4f: hei u like men who wear their undies inside out wowowow….:-)

  8. THB said,

    Hey I have been blogging frequently la.

    4f: lost you for a while after you migrated to a new blog. i guess i am the one not blogging freqtly 😦

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