Books

  1. Civil Society and the State in Singapore

    Civil Society and the State in Singapore
    Publisher:
    World Scientific Publishing Co. Ptd. Ltd.
    Author/s:
    Carol Soon and Gillian Koh
    Year:
    2017
    Publication:
    Civil Society and the State in Singapore
    Excerpt:

    Set within the context of growing political pluralism and the increasing use of new communication technologies for social mobilisation, the Institute of Policy Studies organised a national conference on civil society in November 2013. This collection of the essays that were presented at or inspired by the conference provides nuanced analyses of the development of the sector in Singapore since the Institute's first such conference held in 1998. The first section of the book discusses the different philosophies and approaches that underpin how civic activists engage with the State; the second section examines some key forces of change that are re-shaping the sector; and, the third section sets out some emerging issues facing it. Combining insights from experts and civic activists themselves, this book proposes an agenda for the future development of the civil society in Singapore.

    Content:

    Preface
    Introduction

    SECTION ONE: Philosophies and Approaches

    Chapter 1:
    Civil Society in Singapore: Ideals and Idealism

    by Kwok Kian-Woon

    Chapter 2:
    Three Lessons for Engagement in Environmental Activism in Singapore

    by Faizah Jamal

    Chapter 3:
    Quiet Riot for New Possibilities

    by Alvin Tan

    SECTION TWO: Change Agents

    Chapter 4:
    Impact of Political Trends on Civil Society

    by Walter Woon

    Chapter 5:
    Civil Society and Technology: Whither the Change?

    by Carol Soon

    Chapter 6:
    Role of Civil Society Organisations in Facilitating Migrant Integration

    by Mathew Mathews and Zhang Jiayi

    SECTION THREE: The Future of Civil Society

    Chapter 7:
    Singapore’s “Many Helping Hands”

    by Ang Bee Lian

    Chapter 8:
    Building a Vibrant and Diverse Civil Society – Limitations and Possibilities

    by Corinna Lim, Michelle Ng and Chang Cheng Mun

    Chapter 9:
    The Future of Ethnic-Based Civil Society in Singapore

    by Sharon Siddique

    Chapter 10:
    Civic Education and Deliberative Democracy in Singapore

    by Kenneth Paul Tan

    Chapter 11:
    The Future of Youth Activism in Singapore

    by Tong Yee and Tay Ek Kiat

    Chapter 12:
    Growing Civil Society in Singapore: The Future Legislative Landscape

    by Kevin YL Tant

    About the Contributors
    Index

    293 pages
    ISBN: 978-1-78634-246-1 (hardcover)

  2. Dealing with an Ambiguous World

    Dealing with an Ambiguous World
    Publisher:
    World Scientific Publishing Co. Ptd. Ltd.
    Author/s:
    Bilahari Kausikan
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Dealing with an Ambiguous World
    Excerpt:

    One of Singapore's top diplomats, Bilahari Kausikan was the Institute of Policy Studies' (IPS) 2015/16 S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. This book contains edited versions of the five public IPS-Nathan Lectures he gave between January and May 2016, and highlights of his dialogue with the audience.

    Kausikan gives a frank and dispassionate assessment of the international environment in the post-Cold War era and the geopolitical uncertainties that have emerged. In particular, he analyses the nature of US–China relations, the broad underlying factors in the South China Sea disputes and ASEAN's attempts to maintain order, and the role that human rights and democracy have played in international relations. He concludes by suggesting what Singapore needs to do to cope with the complexities that lie ahead, in this age without definition.

    The IPS-Nathan Lectures series was launched in 2014 as part of the S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore. The S R Nathan Fellow, who is appointed annually, delivers between four and six lectures each year to advance public understanding and discussion of issues of critical national interest.

    Content:
    Foreword:
    About the Moderators

    Lecture 1:
    An Age Without Definition (29 January 2016)

    Questions and Answers
    Moderator: Janadas Devan

    Lecture 2:
    US-China Relations: Groping Towards a New Modus Vivendi (25 February 2016)

    Questions and Answers
    Moderator: Ambassador-at-Large Chan Heng Chee

    Lecture 3:
    ASEAN & US-China Competition in Southeast Asia (30 March 2016)

    Questions and Answers
    Moderator: Ambassador-at-Large Ong Keng Yong

    Lecture 4:
    The Myth of Universality: The Geopolitics of Human Rights (29 April 2016)

    Questions and Answers
    Moderator: Ambassador-at-Large Gopinath Pillai

    Lecture 5:
    Can Singapore Cope? (25 May 2016)

    Questions and Answers
    Moderator: Janadas Devan

    Appendices

    160 pages
    ISBN 978-981-3201-99-6
    ISBN 978-981-3202-00-9 (pbk)

  3. Managing Diversity in Singapore

    Managing Diversity in Singapore
    Publisher:
    Imperial College Press
    Author/s:
    Mathew Mathews and Wai Fong Chiang
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Managing Diversity in Singapore
    Excerpt:

    Singapore society is increasingly becoming diverse. During the first few decades of nation building, policies were designed to homogenise aspects of Singaporean society while enshrining principles to allow restricted amounts of diversity. Fast forward to the present, and fifty years after independence, the number of areas where diversity is profoundly apparent remains copious, and its manifestations more varied.

    This book provides an updated account on the tensions posed by diversity in Singapore and how this is being managed, primarily by the state through policies and programmes but also by communities who attempt to negotiate these tensions. Such an enquiry is crucial especially at this juncture when the nation is finding ways to embrace the different forms of diversity brought about through external impetuses, as well as manage internal reactions from the various communities. The book chapters highlight important considerations if Singapore's diversity management strategies will hold promise for the future.

    Content:
    Introduction

    SECTION ONE: Manifestations and Management of Multicultural Singapore — Race, Language and Religion

    Chapter 1:
    Navigating Disconnects and Divides in Singapore's Cultural Diversity

    By Lai Ah Eng and Mathew Mathews

    Chapter 2:
    Singlish as Style: Implications for Language Policy

    By Lionel Wee Hock Ann

    Chapter 3:
    Keeping Harmony in Singapore: An Examination of the Inter-racial and Religious Confidence Circles (IRCCs) in Singapore

    By Mathew Mathews and Danielle Hong

    Chapter 4:
    The Management of New Religious Movements in Singapore

    By Shane Pereira

    SECTION TWO: New Tensions when Global Meets Local: Social Class, Liveable Space, Bicultural Ideologies, and New Media Forms

    Chapter 5:
    Two Stories on Class in Singapore: Diversity or Division?

    By Tan Ern Ser and Tan Min Wei

    Chapter 6:
    Which Class and What Squeezes? Relationships with Well-being, National Pride and Inequality

    By Ho Kong Weng

    Chapter 7:
    Creating a Liveable City for Whom? A Critical Examination of Singapore's Recent Urban Transformation

    By Pow Choon-Piew

    Chapter 8:
    Are We There Yet? A Review of the Bicultural Studies Programme

    By Chiang Wai Fong and Low Yen Yen

    Chapter 9:
    Regulating the Big and Micro Screens: Managing Censorship in Films and YouTube in Singapore

    By Liew Kai Khiun

    SECTION THREE: Diversity in the Cross Sections of Society: Workplace, Family, and the Armed Forces:

    Chapter 10:
    Transmigrants and the Flow of Human Capital: Wither Integration?

    By Faizal Bin Yahya

    Chapter 11:
    Singapore Families: Stability and Diversity in Challenging Times

    By Stella R Quah

    Chapter 12:
    National Service: The Holy Grail in the Management of Social Diversity

    By Leong Chan-Hoong, Yang Wai Wai and Jerrold Hong

    Conclusion
    By Chiang Wai Fong

    About the Contributors
    Index

    388pages
    ISBN: 978-1-78326-953-2 (hardcover)
    ISBN: 978-1-78326-955-6 (ebook)

  4. Not Born In Singapore: Fifty Personalities who Shaped the Nation

    Not Born In Singapore: Fifty Personalities who Shaped the Nation
    Publisher:
    Epigram Books
    Author/s:
    Tng Ying Hui
    Year:
    2015
    Publication:
    Not Born In Singapore: Fifty Personalities who Shaped the Nation
    Excerpt:

    This book profiles 50 individuals who were not born in Singapore, and who have made their mark in the fields of the economy, science and medicine, education and society, the arts and sports. Their efforts have helped to place the country on the global map of success. This year as we celebrate our local heroes, it’s also time to put the spotlight on other unsung contributors who have shaped our nation. They may have come from other shores, but these 50 foreigners have left their mark in building Singapore into the nation we know it to be today.

    Content:

    Preface

    ARTS
    By Ian Batey, K. P. Bhaskar, Santha Bhaskar, Della Butcher, Choo Hoey, John Herbert, Kuo Pao Kun, Goh Lay Kuan, J. M. Sali, Tan Swie Hian

    ECONOMY
    By Mustaq Ahmad, Sir Laurence Hartnett, Dr Tsutomu Kanai, Pasquale Pistorio, Captain Muhammad Jalaluddin Sayeed, Tang I-Fang Ratan Tata, Kartar Singh Thakral, Tan Sri Frank Tsao Wen- King, Alain Vandenborre, Cyril Neville Watson, Albert Winsemius

    EDUCATION
    By Dr Robert A. Brown, Brother Joseph McNally, Milenko Prvacki, Mary Turnbull, Professor Wang Gungwu, Professor Wu Teh Yao, Dr John Miksic, Ann Wee

    SOCIETY
    By Professor T. H. Elliott, Christine Laimer, Lien Ying Chow, BG Yaakov ‘Jack’ Elazari, G. G. Thomson, Krystyn Olszewski, Bruno Wildermuth

    SCIENCE AND MEDICINE
    By Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, Dr Sydney Brenner, Professor Edward W. Holmes, Dr Edison Liu, Sir George Radda, Dr Shan Ratnam, Sir David Lane, Professor Jackie Y. Ying

    SPORTS
    By Aleksandar Duric, Feng Tianwei, Jing Junhong, Ronald Susilo, Tao Li

    About the Institute of Policy Studies

    About the Author

    Acknowledgments

    Photo Credits

    288 pages
    ISBN 978-981-4655-41-5 (paperback)
    ISBN 978-981-4655-42-2 (ebook)

  5. The Ocean In a Drop Singapore, The Next Fifty Years

    The Ocean In a Drop Singapore, The Next Fifty Years
    Publisher:
    World Scientific Publishing Co. Ptd. Ltd.
    Author/s:
    Ho Kwon Ping
    Year:
    2015
    Publication:
    The Ocean In a Drop Singapore, The Next Fifty Years
    Excerpt:

    The IPS-Nathan Lectures series was launched by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) in 2014. It is part of the S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore. The Fellowship was set up to fund further research into public policy, with the S R Nathan Fellow, who is appointed annually, delivering between four and six lectures each year. These lectures aim to advance public understanding and discussion of issues of critical national interest. Ho Kwon Ping was the 2014/15 S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. This book contains the five IPS-Nathan Lectures he gave between October 2014 and April 2015, as well as highlights of the accompanying dialogue with the audience. In his lectures, Ho looks forward to the next 50 years, offering innovative ideas and robust views on how governance and key institutions can evolve to ensure the sustainable continuation of Singapore — the "improbable nation". This book illuminates Ho's vision of a cohesively diverse Singapore lasting beyond the lifespan of his generation, and aims to get the young to ponder and discuss the kind of home, and future, they wish for.

    Content:
    Foreword:

    Lecture 1:
    Politics and Governance (20 October 2014)

    Questions and Answers
    Moderator: Janadas Devan

    Lecture 2:
    Economy and Business (12 November 2014)

    Questions and Answers
    Moderator: Lee Tzu Yang

    Lecture 3:
    Security and Sustainability (5 February 2015)

    Questions and Answers
    Moderator: Ambassador Ong Keng Yong

    Lecture 4:
    Demography and Family (4 March 2015)

    Questions and Answers
    Moderator: Dawn Yip

    Lecture 5:
    Society and Identity (9 April 2015)

    Questions and Answers
    Moderator: Janadas Devan

    134 pages
    ISBN 978-981-4730-17-4
    ISBN 978-981-4730-18-1 (pbk)

  6. Battle for Hearts and Minds: New Media and Elections in Singapore

    Battle for Hearts and Minds: New Media and Elections in Singapore
    Publisher:
    World Scientific Publishing Co. Ptd. Ltd.
    Author/s:
    Tan Tarn How, Arun Mahizhnan and Ang Peng Hwa (eds)
    Year:
    2015
    Publication:
    Battle for Hearts and Minds: New Media and Elections in Singapore
    Excerpt:

    The Singapore 2011 General Election was dubbed by some as the first "Internet" election. How far is this true and to what extent did old and new media influence voting behaviour and political participation? What was the role of Facebook, Twitter, party political websites, political discussion and the alternative and conflicting information offered online? What theoretical insights can be gleaned about media and its use by voters? This edited volume provides an in-depth analysis of these questions through a first-ever survey of media use, political traits, political participation and attitudes towards media, and through experiments, content analysis and interviews. This landmark collection of essays also lays the groundwork for understanding future elections, including the next general election. It also serves as a valuable record of the state of affairs on the ground in the rapidly shifting dynamics of a Singapore political landscape that is undergoing dramatic and unprecedented transformation. This book will appeal to researchers in political communication, political science and media communication. It will also be of interest to policy makers, members of media, community leaders and observers of the impact of media on politics.

    Content:
    List of Figures
    List of Tables

    Chapter 1:
    Not Quite an “Internet” Election: Survey of Media Use of Voters

    by Tan Tarn How and Arun Mahizhnan

    Chapter 2:
    Legal Landmines and OB Markers: Survival Strategies of Alternative Media

    by Cherian George

    Chapter 3:
    Untapped Potential: Internet Use by Political Parties

    by Debbie Goh and Natalie Pang

    Chapter 4:
    Pro, Anti, Neutral: Political Blogs and their Sentiments

    by Natalie Pang and Debbie Goh

    Chapter 5:
    Who Calls the Shots? Agenda Setting in Mainstream and Alternative Media

    by Paul Wu Horng-Jyh, Randolph Tan Gee Kwang and Carol Soon

    Chapter 6:
    Different But Not That Different: New Media’s Impact on Young Voters’ Political Participation

    by Trisha T.C. Lin and Alice Y.H. Hong

    Chapter 7:
    The Leap from the Virtual to the Real: Facebook Use and Political Participation

    by Marko M. Skoric

    Chapter 8:
    David vs Goliath: Twitter’s Role in Equalising Big-Party Dominance

    by Xu Xiaoge

    Chapter 9:
    Lifting the Veil of Ignorance: Internet’s Impact on Knowledge Gap

    by Debbie Goh

    Chapter 10:
    Squaring Political Circles: Coping with Conflicting Information

    by Natalie Pang

    Chapter 11:
    The Silence of the Majority: Political Talk during Election Time

    by Weiyu Zhang

    Conclusion
    by Tan Tarn How

    Appendix 1
    Appendix 2
    About the Contributors


    266 pages
    ISBN 978-981-4713-61-0
    ISBN 978-981-4730-00-6 (pbk)
    ISBN: 978-981-4713-63-4 (e-bk)

  7. Inequality in Singapore

    Inequality in Singapore
    Publisher:
    World Scientific Publishing Co. Ptd. Ltd.
    Author/s:
    Faizal Bin Yahya, ed
    Year:
    2015
    Publication:
    Inequality in Singapore
    Excerpt:

    Income inequality has become a global phenomenon. Rapid technological advancement and an expanding global workforce will continue to place huge pressure on wages all over the world, including Singapore. This edited volume is the product of the robust exchanges that took place in a series of closed-door discussions (CDDs) on inequality that the Institute of Policy Studies organised in the first half of 2012. The essays provide a range of views on the multi-faceted nature of inequality in Singapore, discuss candidly the specific challenges we face, and offer some policy recommendations.

    Content:

    Chapter 1: Introduction Is Life Getting Better in Singapore?: Issues on Social Inequality
    Professor Paul Cheung

    Chapter 2: Inclusive Growth Growing Inclusivity, Addressing Labor Market Shortfalls and Enhancing International Competitiveness
    Speaker: Associate Professor Tan Khee Giap
    Discussant: Mr Yeoh Lam Keong

    Chapter 3: Education and Social Mobility Education and Intergenerational Mobility
    Speaker: Associate Professor Irene Ng Discussant: Associate Professor Tan Ern Ser

    Chapter 4: Retirement Funding and Adequacy Retirement Funding Adequacy in Singapore
    Speaker: Associate Professor Hui Weng Tat
    Discussant: Mr Chan Beng Seng

    Chapter 5: Foreign Talent and Their Impact on the Singapore Economy Impact of Foreign Workers on Economic Growth of Singapore Economy
    Speaker: Associate Professor Shandre M Thangavelu
    Discussant: Ms Wong Su-Yen

    Chapter 6: Health Care and Long-term Care Health and Long-term Care for the Aging Population in Singapore
    Speaker: Associate Professor Phua Kai Hong
    Discussant: Ms Lim Sia Hoe

    Chapter 7: Housing Affordability Is Housing Still Affordable?: New Disaggregated Indicators
    Speaker: Associate Professor Lum Sau Kim and Ms Zhou Xuefeng
    Discussant: Mr Christopher Gee

    178 pages
    ISBN 978-981-4656-80-1
    ISBN 978-981-4623-83-4 (pbk)

     

  8. INTRACO: Blazing a Trail Overseas for Singapore?

    INTRACO: Blazing a Trail Overseas for Singapore?
    Publisher:
    World Scientific Publishing Co. Ptd. Ltd.
    Author/s:
    Faizal Bin Yahya
    Year:
    2015
    Publication:
    INTRACO: Blazing a Trail Overseas for Singapore?
    Excerpt:

    Through the lens of the now-defunct Singapore government-linked company (GLC) called International Trading Company (INTRACO), this book offers a historical analysis of the country’s economic development strategy. Since its Independence in 1965, GLCs like INTRACO were introduced by the former Deputy Prime Minister, the late Dr Goh Keng Swee, a pioneer of Singapore’s remarkable transformation from Third World to First, to fulfil strategic economic objectives. As the country’s “lifeblood” has been entreport trade, INTRACO was created to “blaze a trail overseas” by facilitating commercial ties behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. The eventual divestment of INTRACO highlights the same way in which the Singaporean state is acutely responsive to changing global economic and geopolitical trends. This book is useful to academics, students, and the interested lay reader for its insights into the role of the state in economic development in post-colonial countries.

    Content:
    Acknowledgements
    List of Figures
    List of Pictures
    List of Tables

    Chapter 1:
    INTRACO and Its Role in the Economic Development of Singapore


    Chapter 2:
    Government-linked Companies and Sogo Shoshas


    Chapter 3:
    State-guided Capitalism


    Chapter 4:
    “National Service” – 1960s to 1980s


    Chapter 5:
    Internationalisation and “Rough Waters” – 1980s to 1990


    Chapter 6:
    Post-cold War and Globalisation – 1990 to 2000


    Chapter 7:
    Devolving a Government-linked Company – 2000 to 2003


    Chapter 8:
    Conclusion

    References
    Index

    164 pages
    ISBN 978-981-4656-81-8
    ISBN 978-981-4623-86-5 (pbk)

  9. A Breakthrough in Vocational and Technical Education: The Singapore Story

    A Breakthrough in Vocational and Technical Education: The Singapore Story
    Publisher:
    World Scientific Publishing Co. Ptd. Ltd.
    Author/s:
    Law Song Seng
    Year:
    2015
    Publication:
    A Breakthrough in Vocational and Technical Education: The Singapore Story
    Excerpt:

    There has been much international effort to improve or transform Vocational and Technical Education (VTE). However, the outcomes often remain elusive. VTE continues to be largely shunned by society as a sector of education for low-achievers and academic failures. A Breakthrough in VTE: The Singapore Story explores the Singapore experience that was made possible through strategic planning, organisational excellence, innovation and ingenuity. It is a compelling story of how the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) began to transform lives and change its image over a period of fifteen years (1992–2007). This book, based on a first-hand CEO account, vividly captures the sort of leadership, policy choices, fundamental principles and capabilities which led to that transformation. The details of the “what, when, how and why” are a valuable guide for leaders and practitioners in building quality and sustainable VTE systems which are responsive to social and economic needs.     Untitled Document

    Content
    Foreword
    About the Author
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction

    Part I: The Early Beginnings
    Chapter 1 Historical Perspectives
    Chapter 2 Dynamics and Challenges
    Chapter 3 Aligning Education with Economic Development
    Chapter 4 Vocational Training under the former VITB

    Part II: Journey of Transformation
    Chapter 5 Move towards Organisational Excellence
    Chapter 6 The Three Waves of Transformation
    Chapter 7 Strategic Planning Makes a Difference
    Chapter 8 Changing the Image
    Chapter 9 ITE: A World-Class Educational Institution

    Photos Insert


    Part III: Implications for Developing Countries
    Chapter 10 Some Lessons on Building Quality and Sustainability
    Chapter 11 Concluding Reflections


    List of Abbreviations
    References
    Appendix A
    About the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)
    Index

    281 pages
    978-9814616416 (hardcover)

  10. Migration and Integration in Singapore: Policies and Practice

    Migration and Integration in Singapore: Policies and Practice
    Publisher:
    Routledge
    Author/s:
    Yap Mui Teng, Gillian Koh and Debbie Soon (eds)
    Year:
    2015
    Publication:
    Migration and Integration in Singapore: Policies and Practice
    Excerpt:

    Taking a multi-disciplinary approach with a focus on policy and practice, this book examines the social, economic, and political issues that have arisen with the influx of foreigners in Singapore since the turn of the 21st century. Drawing on empirical research, it documents the impact of increasing levels of immigration, and provides an analysis of the longer-term implications of these trends, with each chapter covering a different aspect of socio-cultural, political, or economic issues arising from intercultural contact and adaptation. The contributors also provide policy suggestions to ensure Singapore continues to be a harmonious nation and a cosmopolitan and vibrant global city.

    Content:
    Acknowledgements
    List of Figures
    List of Tables
    Notes on Contributors
    Preface

    Introduction
    by Gillian Koh, Debbie Soon and Yap Mui Teng

    Chapter 1: Immigration and integration in Singapore: trends, rationale and policy response
    by Yap Mui Teng

    Chapter 2: Social markers of integration: what matters most to Singaporeans?
    by Leong Chan-Hoong and Yang Wai Wai

    Chapter 3: Integration at the workplace
    by Tan Mei Ling, Ng Kok-Yee and Ang Soon

    Chapter 4: International students in Singapore schools: how are they integrating?
    by Joy Chew Oon Ai

    Chapter 5: Integration in the Singaporean heartlands
    by Mathew Mathews

    Chapter 6: Images of the migrant worker in Singapore’s mainstream news media: prospects for integration
    by Kenneth Paul Tan

    Chapter 7: Images of the new citizen and permanent resident in Singapore’s mainstream news media: prospects for integration
    by Selina Lim

    Chapter 8: Stepping stone Singapore: the cultural politics of anti-immigrant anxieties
    by Terence Chong

    Index

    238 pages
    ISBN: 978-1-138-01422-0 (hbk)
    ISBN: 978-1-315-79482-2 (ebk)

  11. The Little Red Dot: Reflections of Foreign Ambassadors on Singapore, Volume III

    The Little Red Dot: Reflections of Foreign Ambassadors on Singapore, Volume III
    Publisher:
    World Scientific Publishing Co. Ptd. Ltd.
    Author/s:
    Tommy Koh & Li Lin Chang with Joanna Koh, eds
    Year:
    2015
    Publication:
    The Little Red Dot: Reflections of Foreign Ambassadors on Singapore, Volume III
    Excerpt:

    The first two volumes of The Little Red Dot series covered a wide range of views about Singapore's diplomacy by Singaporean diplomats. This new addition to the series offers a complementary perspective of Singapore and its bilateral relations, through the eyes of past heads of missions from foreign countries who have served in Singapore or were responsible for Singapore. The reader will be able to glean insights from the foreign diplomats who took an active role in getting to know Singapore, and at the same time, also worked hard to promote their respective countries' interests. As seen from their perspectives, the reader can learn more about what was unique about Singapore, what they learnt and what made their postings to Singapore memorable. These candid reflections will allow Singaporean readers to understand how different elements of our country are often seen as a whole, and how that in turn contributes to the impressions that our foreign friends have of Singapore. Often cited by the contributors are the success of Singapore's economic development, our cohesive multi-cultural and multi-religious society, our good governance, our education system and opportunities for the young. These aspects that are highlighted, among others, are what makes Singapore unique and they are also important to Singapore's future. There were, of course, some critical comments on some aspects of our culture and political arrangements. We should evaluate them with an open mind, always willing to learn from our friends.

     

    Contents:

    Foreword

    Introduction

    Australia

    1. Memories of Singapore 
    by Ted Delofski

    Bangladesh

    2. My Experience as High Commissioner in Singapore 
    by Kamrul Ahsan

    Belgium

    3. How do I See Singapore Fifteen Years after Serving as Ambassador of Belgium 
    by Patrick Van Haute

    Brunei

    4. The Singapore Experience 
    by Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos bin Haji Mohd Hussein

    Cambodia

    5. Singapore–Cambodia: A Growing Partnership 
    by Roland Eng

    Canada

    6. The Resilience of a Nation 
    by Doreen Steidle

    Chile

    7. Memories of Singapore 
    by Juan Martabit

    China

    8. Lasting Impressions of Singapore 
    by Yang Wenchang

    9. A Country Always on the Move 
    by Chen Baoliu

    Costa Rica

    10. Singapore, How to Fly High and Straight 
    by Juan F. Cordero A.

    Denmark

    11. Singapore, A Posting that became a Home 
    by Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

    Egypt

    12. The Miracle Known as Singapore 
    by Mohamed Abdel Rehim El-Zorkany

    European Union

    13. Geography and Destiny 
    by Holger Standertskjöld

    Finland

    14. Singapore on My Mind… 
    by Satu Mattila

    France

    15. Some of My Best Years as Ambassador 
    by Bernard de Montferrand

    Germany

    16. My Impressions of Singapore 
    by Volker Schlegel

    17. The Singapore Experience — Love at Second Sight 
    by Folkmar Stoecker

    18. Singapore and Globalisation: Benchmarks Set 
    by Jörg Ranau

    India

    19. My Days in Singapore — Looking East and Loving It 
    by Prabhat Prakash Shukla

    20. Singapore 
    by T. C. A. Raghavan

    Indonesia

    21. My Assignment in Singapore 
    by Soedibyo Rahardjo

    Israel

    22. My Life in Singapore — Reminiscences 
    by Amira Arnon

    Japan

    23. Building Foundations for Japan and Singapore Relations 
    by Hiroshi Hashimoto

    24. My Experience as Ambassador of Japan to Singapore 
    by Takaaki Kojima

    25. Singapore, What Kind of a Little Red Dot? 
    by Yoichi Suzuki

    Kazakhstan

    26. In Celebration of a Kazakhstan–Singapore Partnership 
    by Nurlan Yermekbayev

    Kuwait

    27. Thoughts, Reflections, and Experiences of the Little Red Dot 
    by Abdulaziz Ahmed Aladwani

    Laos

    28. My Career in the Lao Foreign Affairs Ministry 
    by Thouane Vorasarn

    Malaysia

    29. Sustaining Malaysia–Singapore Relations — People of Goodwill on Both Sides 
    by Dato’ N. Parameswaran

    Mexico

    30. The Best for Singapore is Yet to Be 
    by Eduardo Ramos-Gómez

    Myanmar

    31. Brand Name Singapore 
    by U Hla Thann

    New Zealand

    32. Recollections of a Singapore Posting 
    by Timothy Hannah

    Pakistan

    33. Manicured and Choreographed: The Story of Effervescent Singapore 
    by Sajjad Ashraf

    The Philippines

    34. My Easiest Diplomatic Posting 
    by Alberto A. Encomienda

    35. Reflections 
    by Minda Calaguian-Cruz

    Poland

    36. Singapore Matters, Indeed! 
    by Boguslaw Marcin Majewski

    37. Chopin, Football and Diplomacy 
    by Waldemar Dubaniowski

    Russia

    38. What Does Singapore Mean to Me?: Memories of a Former Student of the Nanyang University who then became a Russian Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore 
    by Mikhail M. Bely

    Saudi Arabia

    39. From Riyadh to Singapore 
    by Mohamad Amin Kurdi

    South Africa

    40. Singapore — From “Red Dot” to “Shining Star” 
    by Stefanus Johannes Schoeman

    South Korea

    41. Singapore as a Little Giant 
    by Park Sang-seek

    42. My Reflections on Singapore 
    by Ryu Kwang-sok

    Sri Lanka

    43. Reflections on Singapore: Three Years and Five Months on the Little Red Dot 
    by Shehan Ratnavale

    Sweden

    44. The Increasingly Important Role of Diplomats in Trade and Investment Promotion — Swedish Experiences in Singapore 
    by Pär Ahlberger

    Switzerland

    45. The Rewarding Years in Singapore 
    by Kurt Otto Wyss

    46. Singapore and Switzerland — From Inspiration to Inspiration 
    by Raymond Loretan

    47. Singapore — In Search of the Body and the Soul 
    by Daniel Woker

    48. Deep Mutual Respect: Policies and Personalities Make a Difference 
    by Jörg Alois Reding

    Thailand

    49. Singapore: An Enriching Experience Professionally and Personally 
    by Somkiati Ariyapruchya

    Timor-Leste

    50. Fostering Everlasting Friendship and Relations Between Timor-Leste and Singapore 
    by Roberto Soares

    Turkey

    51. Turkey and Singapore — A Long and Good Relationship 
    by Ahmet Bülent Meriç

    Ukraine

    52. Singapore — A Special Place in My Heart 
    by Olexander Horin

    United Kingdom

    53. Two Singapores, Twenty-Five Years Apart
    by Michael Pike

    54. Singapore at the Turn of the Century: A Personal View 
    by Alan Hunt

    55. Raffles’ Legacy — Where East Meets West 
    by Paul Madden

    United States of America

    56. A Remarkable Red Dot: An American View 
    by J. Stapleton Roy

    57. Building U.S.–Singapore Ties through Trade and Investment 
    by Steven Jay Green

    58. Singapore Diplomacy — A View from the Other Side 
    by Frank Lavin

    59. A Multi-Faceted Career 
    by Patricia Herbold

    Vietnam

    60. Singapore Island State — Asia’s European Metropolis 
    by Nguyen Duc Hung

    61. Building a New Singapore–Vietnam Partnership 
    by Duong Van Quang

     

    Index

     

    345 pages

    ISBN 978-981-4641-74-6

    ISBN 978-981-4612-80-7 (pbk)

     

  12. Malaysia & Singapore - The Land Reclamation Case : From Dispute to Settlement

    Malaysia & Singapore - The Land Reclamation Case : From Dispute to Settlement
    Publisher:
    Singapore: Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Cheong Koon Hean, Tommy Koh and Lionel Yee
    Year:
    2013
    Publication:
    Malaysia & Singapore - The Land Reclamation Case : From Dispute to Settlement
    Excerpt:

    This book tells the story of Singapore’s first experience of defending its legal rights before an international tribunal, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

    In April 2002 Malaysia lodged a protest against Singapore’s reclamation works around Pulau Tekong and Pulau Ubin on the grounds that they were causing trans-boundary environmental harm to Malaysia’s territorial waters. Just a year later, after one unsuccessful meeting between the parties, Malaysia initiated proceedings against Singapore, to stop its reclamation works around these islands. Malaysia’s claim for provisional measures to stop the Pulau Tekong reclamation works until the disposal of the dispute raised the larger issue of conflicting legal rights – Singapore’s right to reclaim part of its territorial sea for national needs, and Malaysia’s concern to protect its maritime environment from harm.

    The authors, who were part of the multidisciplinary and multi-agency team tasked with presenting Singapore’s case at ITLOS, recount the facts of the reclamation dispute and the ITLOS proceedings culminating in a pragmatic outcome, one that paves the way for future cases of this nature to be resolved in a similar way.

     

    Contents:

    Foreward

    01 Land Reclamation in Singapore

    02 Facts concerning Land Reclamation at Pulau Tekong and Tuas View Extension

    03 Chronology of the Reclamation Dispute

    04 Round One at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

    05 Joint Study Proceedings

    06 Back to the Negotiating Table

    07 Reflections and Lessons Learnt

    Abbreviations

    Acknowledgements

    Index

     

    122 pages

    ISBN 978-981-4342-51-3

  13. Breakthrough: Roadmap for Singapore’s Political Future

    Breakthrough: Roadmap for Singapore’s Political Future
    Publisher:
    Singapore: Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Derek da Cunha
    Year:
    2012
    Publication:
    Breakthrough: Roadmap for Singapore’s Political Future
    Excerpt:

    Singapore has long been a byword for political stability. Its electorate was thought to be generally stolid and politically apathetic. However, 2011 witnessed stirrings by Singaporeans for a desire to alter the political landscape. In the general election held in May, the ruling People’s Action Party saw its vote share slide to 60 per cent, an all-time low since independence. The opposition Workers’ Party secured six parliamentary seats- a significant breakthrough for the opposition. With the fall of Aljunied GRC to the WP, the ruling party’s aura of invincibility was fractured. Breakthrough: Roadmap for Singapore’s Political Future examines why the PAP was able to maintain its dominance despite the public’s unhappiness with a number of government policies, and the circumstances and context of the WP’s parliamentary gains. It also provides a prescriptive analysis of how the PAP as well as the opposition parties might navigate the political road ahead. Post-GE 2011 sees Singapore’s electorate polarized between those who subscribe to the status quo and those who want it altered. The consequence of this is that Singapore’s political future is likely to be marked by unexpected twists and turns.

    (288 pages, ISBN-13 978-981-4342-07-0)

    Contents:

    Foreword

    1. A Raft of Unpopular Policies, But the Opposition Makes Limited Gains
    2. A Re-energised SDP Gets Neutralised Just Before Nomination Day
    3. Body Blow for the Reform Party- An Iconic Name Loses Its Lustre
    4. Reality Check for the Other Underperformers
    5. Moving the Vote: Retail Politics, the Internet, and the Culture of Looks
    6. Pulse of the Campaign Through Rallies: A Firsthand Account
    7. The WP’s Prospects Hinge on Dominating the Middle Ground
    8. PAP in the “New Normal”: Shoring Up Support Via Policy Changes and Proven Methods?

    Conclusion

    Postscript

    Appendix

    Index

  14. Asean Matters! Reflecting on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

    Asean Matters! Reflecting on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
    Publisher:
    Singapore: Institute of Policy Studies and World Scientific Publishing Co. Ltd
    Author/s:
    Lee, Yoong Yoong, ed
    Year:
    2011
    Publication:
    Asean Matters! Reflecting on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
    Excerpt:

    The initiative to establish the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community was adopted by the ten leaders at the 2003 Bali Summit in Indonesia. Since then, the concept of a community building process in ASEAN has become an issue that attracts a great deal of attention from scholars and experts around the world. 

    ASEAN Matters! Reflecting on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations carries essays with different perspectives on critical issues relating to the three pillars in building the ASEAN Community, namely the ASEAN Political and Security Community; the ASEAN Economic Community; and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. In a nutshell, this book provides broad and invaluable insights into the role ASEAN plays in enhancing peace, prosperity, and stability in the Southeast Asian region. 

    Written in a highly accessible style, the contents include both a thorough review of current issues and a succinct overview of the past and future direction of ASEAN. The book reiterates the continued and strengthening relevance of ASEAN, 43 years after its founding. 

    Unlike most other books on ASEAN, a majority of the essays are written by former professional staff at the ASEAN Secretariat, as well as from current office holders. This gives the volume a high degree of authenticity and unique insights. More interestingly, it also includes viewpoints from experts, scholars, diplomats and officials who either have extensive research knowledge or had been involved in ASEAN's external and economic relations with the dialogue partners, such as China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and the European Union (EU), among others.

    (326 pages, ISBN-13 978-981-4335-06-5, ISBN-10 981-4335-06-1)

     

    Contents:

    Foreword
    Tommy Koh

    Introduction
    Lee Yoong Yoong

    Acknowledgements

    The Contributors


    THEME ONE ASEAN’S HISTORY, IMAGE AND CHALLENGES

    Chapter 1
    ASEAN: What It Cannot Do, What It Can and Should Do
    by Rodolfo C. Severino

    Chapter 2
    ASEAN’s Potential and Role: A Review
    by Tran Duc Minh

    Chapter 3
    The Promises and Contradictions of ASEAN

    by Liu Yanling

    Chapter 4
    Can We Do Anything about the Unimplemented ASEAN Agreements?

    by Bernard K.M. Tai

    Chapter 5
    ASEAN’s Perception Problem

    by S. Tiwari

    Chapter 6
    ASEAN: The Challenge Is Upon Us

    by Bandol Lim

    Chapter 7
    Covering ASEAN for Three Decades
    by Kavi Chongkittavorn

    Chapter 8
    Three Decades of ASEAN Linkage: Brunei Darussalam, from 1984 Towards 2015

    by Pushpa Thambipillai

    Chapter 9
    ASEAN and East Timor: Family Someday?

    by Noordin Azhari


    THEME TWO POLITICS AND SECURITY

    Chapter 10
    ASEAN: A Pillar of Regional Stability
    by Johari Achee

    Chapter 11
    Relevance of ASEAN in Forging Regional Peace, Security and Prosperity
    by Nicholas T. Dammen

    Chapter 12
    The Nargis Experience: Pragmatic Solutions Towards Change
    by Moe Thuzar

    Chapter 13
    ASEAN Efforts in Dealing with Transnational Crime
    by Un Sovannasam


    THEME THREE ECONOMICS

    Chapter 14
    ASEAN Economic Integration: The Strategic Imperative

    by Ong Keng Yong

    Chapter 15
    Overcoming the Obstacles: Increasing ASEAN Relevance in the Promotion of Regional Trade
    by David Martin

    Chapter 16
    Trade Dispute Settlement within ASEAN

    by David Chin Soon Siong

    Chapter 17
    From AFTA to Free Movement in ASEAN: A Bridge Too Far?
    by Lok Hwee Chong

    Chapter 18
    ASEAN Integration Enters the Critical Stage: A Private Sector’s Narrative

    by Tai Hui

    Chapter 19
    The Germination of Asian Financial Security

    by Suthad Setboonsarng

    Chapter 20
    Does ASEAN Benefit Business?
    by Raul L. Cordenillo

    Chapter 21
    ASEAN and Australia Partnership: Time for Business and People to Lead

    by Christopher Findlay and David Parsons

    Chapter 22
    Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline: More than Just a Pipe Dream

    by Zainal Abidin Matassan and Lee Yoong Yoong

    Chapter 23
    Encompassing the AEC Blueprint into ASEAN’s Subregional Frameworks: A Commentary

    by Gary P. Krishnan


    THEME FOUR SOCIO-CULTURAL

    Chapter 24
    Population Ageing in ASEAN: Prospects and Implications

    by Kang Soon Hock and Yap Mui Teng

    Chapter 25
    Making ASEAN Relevant to the Young

    by Diana Lee

    Chapter 26
    ASEAN and Human Capital

    by Faizal Bin Yahya

    Chapter 27
    The ASEAN Quest for Greater Engagement and Commitment

    by Braema Mathiaparanam


    THEME FIVE EXTERNAL RELATIONS

    Chapter 28
    Lao PDR’s Role in ASEAN-China Trade Ties

    by H.E. Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh

    Chapter 29
    ASEAN’s Diplomatic Importance to China

    by Sheng Lijun

    Chapter 30
    ASEAN as a Mover of Asian Regionalism

    by Akiko Fukushima

    Chapter 31
    What I have Always Wondered about ASEAN: A Perspective from ROK

    by Lee Sun-Jin

    Chapter 32
    India’s Place and ASEAN’s Primacy in the New East Asia
    by P.S. Suryanarayana

    Chapter 33
    Reflections on Regionalism: The ASEAN Journey

    by Simon Murdoch

    Chapter 34
    ASEAN and Latin America: Time for a Vibrant Connectivity

    by Paulo Alberto da Silveira Soares

    Chapter 35
    Building a Strategic Partnership: A Review of Relations between ASEAN and the ILO

    by Ng Gek-Boo


    THEME SIX THE FUTURE

    Chapter 36
    The Future of ASEAN: Obsolescent or Resilient? 283

    by Amitav Acharya

    Chapter 37
    How Can ASEAN Stay Relevant?

    by Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

    Chapter 38
    ASEAN into the Future: Towards a Better Monitoring and Evaluation of Regional Co-operation Programmes
    by Azmi Mat Akhir

    Chapter 39
    Strengthening the Foundation for an ASEAN Community

    by Wilfrido V. Villacorta

    Glossary

    Annex I: Press Statement

    Index

  15. Economic Diplomacy – Essays and Reflections by Singapore’s Negotiators

    Economic Diplomacy – Essays and Reflections by Singapore’s Negotiators
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and World Scientific Publishing Co. Ltd
    Author/s:
    C.L. Lim & Margaret Liang, eds
    Year:
    2010
    Publication:
    Economic Diplomacy – Essays and Reflections by Singapore’s Negotiators
    Excerpt:

    Singapore, a small Southeast Asian country with limited resources, transformed itself from a trading post to a successful, cosmopolitan nation with one of the most impressive growth rates in the world. Less well known, however, has been its role in regional and global trade negotiations. This book is a collection of sixteen essays written by a group of diplomats, policy-makers, and professors who became involved in international economic affairs, notably in GATT/WTO, regional and bilateral free trade negotiations. Here, they reveal their thoughts about the world economy and trading system, reflect on their experiences, and explain how they promoted national interests while advancing the global trade agenda. This book will appeal not only to professional diplomats, but to anyone interested in how international economic diplomacy works and Singapore's role and perspective as an open trading nation.

    (350 pages, ISBN-13 978-981-4324-63-2, ISBN- 10 981-4324-63-9)