Singapore Chronicles

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence, the Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press jointly launched the Singapore Chronicles series in 2015.

This 50-volume series seeks to record, explain and offer insights into what makes Singapore, Singapore. Covering a wide range of subjects, from the philosophical to the mundane, the fundamental to the practical, the Singapore Chronicles titles include Constitution, Presidency, Housing, Transport, Demography, Central Provident Fund, Sports and Food.

Each volume in the series is designed as a primer on the subject, focusing on its essential aspects and giving a historical perspective. The authors are subject experts from the public sector, academia and journalism. Readers will gain an insight into what makes Singapore tick and also why it has chosen certain “paths un-trodden”.

Twenty five volumes have been published and the rest will be published over the course of 2017.Buy the books at www.stpressbooks.com.sg

  1. Singapore Chronicles - Central Provident Fund

    Singapore Chronicles - Central Provident Fund
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Chia Ngee Choon
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Singapore Chronicles — Central Provident Fund
    Excerpt:

    The Central Provident Fund (CPF), Singapore’s mandatory savings scheme, has evolved since its inception in 1953 to meet Singaporeans’ housing, investment and retirement aspirations. The CPF’s trajectory reflects Singapore’s economic and social development. Its intricate connection with housing financing has made the CPF a unique social innovation in the world.

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  2. Singapore Chronicles - Civil Society

    Singapore Chronicles - Civil Society
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Gillian Koh and Debbie Soon
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Singapore Chronicles - Civil Society
    Excerpt:

    Singapore’s political system is often characterised as an activist state dominated by one political party, the People’s Action Party. This book adds nuances to that picture by tracing the history of civil society in Singapore; the interaction and contestation between ground-up political and social movements on the one hand, with the state and government on the other. It discusses the legal and working principles that shape how civil society operates today after 50 years of Independence, and its interaction with the state.

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  3. Singapore Chronicles - Demography

    Singapore Chronicles - Demography
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Yap Mui Teng and Christopher Gee
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Singapore Chronicles - Demography
    Excerpt:

    Singapore’s population is a veritable mix of nationalities, ethnic groups, languages and religious affiliations. This book traces trends and developments in Singapore’s population from the pre-Independence period, when there was relatively little control over migration and fertility; through the period of population control from Independence to the 1980s; to the more expansionary years from the mid-1980s until recently.

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  4. Singapore Chronicles - Emergency

    Singapore Chronicles - Emergency
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Kumar Ramakrishna
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Singapore Chronicles - Emergency
    Excerpt:

    This book examines the origins of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) in the inter-war years and its subsequent development against the wider backdrop of the Cold War. The CPM, in its quest to set up a Communist Republic of Malaya and Singapore, mounted a violent rural insurgency in Malaya and later shifted to urban subversion of the bourgeoning anti-colonial left-wing movement in Singapore. Contemporary Singapore’s emphasis on law and order cannot be understood without reference to its long twilight struggle with the CPM, a conflict that ended only in 1989.

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  5. Singapore Chronicles - Energy

    Singapore Chronicles - Energy
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Tilak K Doshi and Lin Fangjun
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Singapore Chronicles - Energy
    Excerpt:

    How did Singapore emerge as the “East of Suez” hub for oil refining, petrochemicals manufacturing and trading in the early 1980s? This book examines the development of Singapore’s oil industry since 1870. Critical policy issues facing government planners in energy security, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability are also discussed to inform the reader of the key issues related to the story of oil in Singapore.

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  6. Singapore Chronicles - Environment

    Singapore Chronicles - Environment
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Kenneth Er, Leong Chee Chiew, Khoo Teng Chye and Joseph Hui
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Singapore Chronicles - Environment
    Excerpt:

    Within a few decades, Singapore has been transformed from a Third World city of congested and dirty environs to a First World metropolis of pervasive greenery and cleanliness. This book draws on the experiences and expertise of two government institutions — the National Parks Board and the National Environment Agency — and their predecessor organisations in examining the past, present and future of environment policies in Singapore.

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  7. Singapore Chronicles - Food

    Singapore Chronicles - Food
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Sylvia Tan
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Singapore Chronicles - Food
    Excerpt:

    Singapore’s reputation as a food paradise reflects its position at the intersection of four culinary cultures: Chinese, Malay, Indian and European. This book discusses these influences and traces changes in cooking practices and eating habits that have produced a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city known for the variety of dining experiences it offers.

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  8. Singapore Chronicles - Gateways

    Singapore Chronicles - Gateways
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    David Ho Kim Hin and Ho Mun Wai
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Singapore Chronicles - Gateways
    Excerpt:

    Singapore has leveraged on its strategic location and open economy to become a global maritime, aviation and logistics hub. However, intense challenges lie ahead. This book examines how Singapore needs to raise the bar to remain a strategic gateway to the region and the rest of the world.

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  9. Singapore Chronicles - Governance

    Singapore Chronicles - Governance
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Peter Ho, Anuradha Shroff, Codey Tan, Hazel See and Lena Leong
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Singapore Chronicles - Governance
    Excerpt:

    Good governance is at the heart of Singapore’s development, forged by the early challenges that Singapore faced after Independence and shaped by its leaders to reflect their long-term vision. This book chronicles key principles of Singapore’s governance and demonstrates how institutions, policies and strategies combined to play a critical role in Singapore’s transformation from a Third to First World nation.

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  10. Singapore Chronicles - Language

    Singapore Chronicles - Language
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Eddie C Y Kuo and Brenda Chan
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Singapore Chronicles - Language
    Excerpt:

    Understanding language use is particularly challenging in a cosmopolitan city-state such as Singapore, with its multi-ethnic society that recognises four official languages — English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. This book reviews and discusses the changing patterns of language use within Singapore society from Independence till today, particularly how they have been influenced by and, in turn, shape the state’s language policies.

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  11. Singapore Chronicles - Opposition

    Singapore Chronicles - Opposition
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Zuraidah Ibrahim and Andrea Ong
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Singapore Chronicles - Opposition
    Excerpt:

    This book traces the history of Singapore’s opposition parties from post-World War II days to the present. It tells the story of these parties, which is one filled with personalities, setbacks and ideals. It also examines the opposition movement’s challenges and prospects — in particular, its potential growth trajectories and the shape of Singapore’s political system in the future.

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  12. Singapore Chronicles - Social Services

    Singapore Chronicles - Social Services
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Ho Chi Tim and Ann Wee
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Singapore Chronicles - Social Services
    Excerpt:

    The well-being of Singapore as a nation is usually understood and presented in broad imperatives, such as defence and the economy. This book presents a historical overview of another indicator of national well-being: personal social services. In colonial times, relatively less attention was paid to the significant everyday needs of the people in Singapore at various stages of their lives, anticipated or otherwise. The post-colonial Government had taken these matters seriously and over time addressed many issues of social welfare in a systematic and sustainable fashion.

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  13. Singapore Chronicles - Theatre

    Singapore Chronicles - Theatre
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Robin Loon, Kok Heng Leun, Zizi Azah Binte Abdul Majid and Vadivalagan Shanamuga
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Singapore Chronicles - Theatre
    Excerpt:

    This book surveys the beginnings, evolution and current state of theatre in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil against the backdrop of Singapore’s rise as a nation and as a cultural polity. The issues of regulation, cultural-linguistic imperatives, and the use of theatre as a mirror to Singapore, are examined.

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  14. Singapore Chronicles - Transport

    Singapore Chronicles - Transport
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Gopinath Menon
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Singapore Chronicles - Transport
    Excerpt:

    This book traces the development of Singapore’s land transport system since its modern founding in 1819. Until Independence in 1965, the provision of roads, traffic devices, and private, public and non-motorised transport was permitted to develop without any master-planning. It was not until a sound transport strategy was formulated and implemented in the early 1970s that there was a marked improvement in the provision of transport services.

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  15. Singapore Chronicles - Water

    Singapore Chronicles - Water
    Publisher:
    Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press
    Author/s:
    Tan Gee Paw
    Year:
    2016
    Publication:
    Singapore Chronicles — Water
    Excerpt:

    Water is more than a basic human necessity in Singapore. Its supply was a strategic collaboration between two British colonies and, later, the core of a strategic relationship between two independent nations. This book traces the story of how Singapore was almost totally dependent on the Malay peninsula to quench its daily thirst and how it has now become almost self-sufficient.

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