In Lieu of Ideology:  An Intellectual Bioigraphy of Goh Keng Swee

In Lieu of Ideology: An Intellectual Bioigraphy of Goh Keng Swee

Ooi Kee Beng

Format: Print Book

ISBN: 9789814311311

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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 as 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. His contributions to the infrastrucutre of Singapore in the fields of Finance, Defence and Education are well recorded. What is less understood was the man's legendary practical sense. This work avoids reliance on secondary accounts and concentrates strongly on Dr Goh's own words to comprehend his potent and proactive powers of reasoning, and in tne process captures the history of Singapore as well.

(Length x Height x Width) in mm :148 x 210
Weight in grams: 550
Author Biography:Ooi Kee Beng is a Swedish citizen who was born and bred in Penang, Malaysia. He is a Senior Fellow at Singapore's Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. His books include The Reluctant Politician: Tun Dr Ismail and His Time (2006), Continent, Coast, Ocean: The Dynamics of Regionalism in Eastern Asia (2006), Lost in Transition (2007); March 8: Eclipsing May 13 (2008) and Malaya's First Year at the United Nations (2009). He has translated several Chinese war manuals into Swedish, including Sun Zi Bingfa and Wu Zi Bingfa.
Binding: Hardcover
Keywords: Political Biography
Page count: 307
Imprint: ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
Publication Date: 20100827


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