SINGAPORE - The National Library Board (NLB) has launched the official SG50 book to commemorate Singapore's 50th year of independence.
The book is a compilation of 58 accounts of Singaporeans from all walks of life, including an actor, an athlete, a general, a hawker, a nurse, a scientist, a teacher and an urban planner.
Titled "Living the Singapore Story: Celebrating our 50 years 1965-2015", the book was launched by President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the National Library Building on Friday evening.
Aside from stories of Singaporeans, it also contains personal and vivid anecdotes by local icons such as Singapore's Founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew; wife of Singapore's first President, Mdm Noor Aishah Md Salim; first part-time writer to have won the Cultural Medallion, Mr Isa Kamari; Singapore's first three-star general, Mr Winston Choo; singer-songwriter, Mr Dick Lee; and Singapore's first urban planner, Mr Alan Choe.
The book also presents various aspects of life in Singapore, such as food and fashion, through timelines, historical photographs, comics and pictorial features.
Stories featured in the book were curated by the Editorial Advisory Committee led by Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The stories were written and photographed by a team of journalists from Singapore Press Holdings, which is NLB's partner for the SG50 book.
Professor Tommy Koh, Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Committee, said, "This inspiring book reminds us that the success of Singapore in the last 50 years was due to a combination of good leaders and an exceptional people. Our people's hard work, discipline, integrity and indomitable spirit have powered our miraculous journey."
Ten thousand copies of the SG50 book have been printed. The book will be available at all public libraries across the island and the National Library from May 16, and will also be sold for $19.65 at major bookstores in Singapore and on Amazon.