Governing: A Singapore Perspective

Governing: A Singapore Perspective

by S Jayakumar

Professor S. Jayakumar, a former minister, diplomat and law dean, shares his candid views on many facets of Singapore’s governance, including fascinating first-hand and behind-the-scenes accounts.

• On Lee Kuan Yew: first-hand recollections of events revealing the founding prime minister’s working style as well as his human side.

• On world leaders: his impressions of monarchs, prime ministers and ministers, with many of whom he developed close relations.

• On the relationships between the Government, Ministry of Law, Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Judiciary: how they interact in actual practice.

• On challenging legal issues, including: how Singapore shoulddeal with issues such as the rule of law; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues; and tough penalties such as the death penalty and caning.

• On contemporary issues, including:
- Transition to 4G: should Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong review his handover timeline?
- General Election 2020: what are the scenarios which the election portends for Singapore’s future?
- Fight against COVID-19: was it a failure or a success story?
- Reserved Election of Presidency: was it justifiable or not?

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  • Publisher : Straits Times Press
  • Weight : 290g
  • Product Code : 9789814827911
  • Dimension : 152 x 227 mm

About Author

S Jayakumar

Born in 1939, Professor S. Jayakumar was a Cabinet minister in Singapore for three decades (1981 – 2011), serving under three Singapore prime ministers, Lee Kuan Yew, Goh Chok Tong and Lee Hsien Loong. His portfolios included Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, Law and Labour. He was also Coordinating Minister for National Security. He rose to become Deputy Prime Minister (2004) and Senior Minister (2009). He retired from politics in 2011. Before entering politics, he taught Law at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS), and was Dean of the Faculty (1974 – 1979). He also served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1971 – 1974). Currently, he is Senior Legal Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. He is also Emeritus Professor and Pro-Chancellor of NUS. He is married to Dr Lalitha Rajahram and they have a daughter, two sons and six grandchildren.