SINGAPORE - Straits Times Press (STP), the book publishing arm of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), launched its latest book "The Big Ideas of Lee Kuan Yew" this evening at in conjunction with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP). The book was inspired by the proceedings at the LKYSPP's 10th anniversary conference, titled Singapore and a Rising Asia, held on Friday 17 October.
"The Big Ideas of Lee Kuan Yew " is a 196-page book comprising essays from the men and women who had worked closely with the former Prime Minister. They share their thoughts and insights on his ideas, covering a wider range of topics including law and politics, society and economics, and governance and foreign affairs. Some of the contributors include Prof Chan Heng Chee, Chairman, National Arts Council and Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore; Mr Heng Swee Keat, the current Minister for Education and former President SR Nathan.
The book is edited by Mr Shashi Jayakumar, a member of the Administrative Service of Singapore and Deputy Head of the Centre of Excellence for National Security at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University; and Mr Rahul Sagar an Associate Professor at Yale-NUS College and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
The launch was officiated by the Guest-of-Honour Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and 2nd Minister for Communications and Information. It was attended by over 500 guests from ministries and government agencies, think tanks, academia and foreign service.
Ms Shirley Hew, Executive Director, Straits Times Press, said: "We are delighted to be the Publisher for this title. This volume makes a distinctive contribution to our understanding of Mr Lee's legacy because for the first time the men and women who worked closely with him have come together to discuss his ideas. Singaporeans and foreigners alike will find this book on the founding of modern Singapore a stimulating read."
"The Big Ideas of Lee Kuan Yew " is available at leading bookstores at $28.00 (before GST) from 18 October onwards. The book can also be ordered from the Straits Times Press online bookstore at: www.stpressbooks.com.sg .