Latest 10 volumes of Papers of Lee Kuan Yew launched

SINGAPORE - The latest 10 volumes of former Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s speeches, interviews and dialogues were launched yesterday by Cengage Learning and the National Archives of Singapore.

The Papers of Lee Kuan Yew: Speeches, Interviews and Dialogues (1990–2011) cover Mr Lee’s tenures as senior minister and minister mentor. This collection is a record of his statements and thoughts over the last two decades, from 1990 to 2011, some of which are published for the first time.

The first 10 volumes were launched in Sep 2011.

The launch of the latest collection was held at the National University of Singapore Wednesday, graced by Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat.

In his speech, Mr Heng thanked Mr Lee for his donation of $145,000 to the MOE Education Fund, raised from the sale of the autographed leather-bound sets of the first 10 volumes of The Papers of Lee Kuan Yew.

As with the first ten volumes which span 1950 to 1990, the latest volumes were researched and produced through the joint efforts of the National Archives of Singapore, the Office of the Press Secretary to Mr Lee, and Cengage Learning.

It covers a significant period of development for Singapore as a nation, and provides insight into Mr Lee’s views on a wide range of topics such as racial harmony, productivity, language education, anti-terrorism, crisis control, and Singapore’s international relations.

Said Mr Tan Tat Chu, President, Asia-Pacific Group, Cengage Learning, “Cengage Learning is honoured to be the publisher of this important collection, and we are proud to have played a part in making these records accessible not just to Singaporeans, but also to libraries and research institutions worldwide.”

Mr Eric Chin, Director, National Archives of Singapore, said, “The National Archives of Singapore is very happy to present this comprehensive publication of speeches, interviews and dialogues from 1990 to 2011. This publication is the culmination of hard work put in by the staff of the National Archives of Singapore, drawing from the richness of records in our archives and working alongside our equally dedicated partners. We hope the public will find this collection of Mr Lee’s thoughts a valuable resource to better understand decisions and events that have affected Singapore and our development as a country.”

The Papers of Lee Kuan Yew: Speeches, Interviews and Dialogues (1990–2011) is compiled by the National Archives of Singapore and published by Cengage Learning under its Gale Asia imprint.

It is presented in a ten-volume set and is available in a case-bound edition at US$3,000 (S$3,808). A limited leather-bound edition is priced at US$3,800. The collection will also be made available at all National Library Board (NLB) libraries and in electronic format from the NLB eResources website in the coming months.

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