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…..