In	Lieu	of	Ideology:	An	Intellectual	Biography	of	Goh	Keng	Swee	(Education	and	Knowledge)
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In Lieu of Ideology: An Intellectual Biography of Goh Keng Swee (Education and Knowledge)

by Ooi Kee Beng

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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  • Publisher : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Product Code : 9789814311328C07

About Author

Ooi Kee Beng

Ooi Kee Beng is Executive Director of Penang Institute, before which he was Deputy Director of the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore (2011–17).