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Serving a New Nation

Serving a New Nation

Baey Lian Peck's Singapore Story

by Ooi Kee Beng
Publication Date: 15/08/2011
RRP  $53.90 $53.75
The story of Dr Baey Lian Peck should be well known, but it is not. Not even among Singaporeans, and especially not among the young. This tells us a lot about a Singapore caught in pathological haste and prone towards ignoring values that do not add to the financial bottom line. The innovativeness of Dr Baey did not only make him a very wealthy man before he was forty, it also made him an indispensable actor in the implementation of urgently constructed national policies. Political leaders such as Dr Toh Chin Chye, Lim Kim San, Chua Sian Chin and Dr Goh Keng Swee picked him to solve pressing problems such as skyrocketing inflation in the early 1970s, the crisis in prisoner ward in the late 1970s, and the drug addiction epidemic in that same latter period. His one condition for taking on public positions was that he should not be paid. It was exactly this independent trait that made him so highly effective.
ISBN:
9789814345422
9789814345422
Category:
Autobiography: general
Publication Date:
15-08-2011
Publisher:
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Country of origin:
Singapore
Pages:
141
Dimensions (mm):
216x140x13mm
Weight:
0.46kg

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