In Lieu of Ideology: An Intellectual Biography of Goh Keng Swee

In Lieu of Ideology: An Intellectual Biography of Goh Keng Swee
Ooi Kee Beng, author
Date of publication:  2010
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  307
Code:  BM421
Hard Cover
ISBN: 9789814311311
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Born in Malacca in 1918, Dr Goh Keng Swee reached maturity at a time when European colonialism was breathing its last. By the time this keen-eyed Malayan became self-governing Singapore's first Minister of Finance in 1959, he had made a name for himself as the colony's foremost social scientist, having carried out groundbreaking surveys on urban poverty and housing. He immediately initiated pioneering projects that laid the ground for the island's economic success. When Singapore separated from Malaysia in 1965, Dr Goh took charge of building an army from scratch.His contributions to the infrastrucutre of Singapore in the fields of Finance, Defence and Education are well recorded. What is less understood was the man's legendary practical sense. This work avoids reliance on secondary accounts and concentrates strongly on Dr Goh's own words to comprehend his potent and proactive powers of reasoning, and in tne process captures the history of Singapore as well.


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