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

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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Preliminary pages
PART 1: THE SOCIAL SCIENTIST
1. Pre-War Writings
2. Social Surveys and Politics
PART 2: THE NATION BUILDER
3. Practicable Economics
4. Defending an Island State
5. Crisis as Opportunity
6. The Human Element
7. Education and Knowledge
8. The Case of China
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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  • Number of Pages : 307
  • Publisher : ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 550g
  • Product Code : 9789814311311
  • Dimension : 148 x 210 mm

About Author

Ooi Kee Beng

Ooi Kee Beng is a Swedish citizen who was born and bred in Penang, Malaysia. He is a Senior Fellow at Singapore's Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. His books include The Reluctant Politician= Tun Dr Ismail and His Time (2006), Continent, Coast, Ocean= The Dynamics of Regionalism in Eastern Asia (2006), Lost in Transition (2007); March 8= Eclipsing May 13 (2008) and Malaya's First Year at the United Nations (2009). He has translated several Chinese war manuals into Swedish, including Sun Zi Bingfa and Wu Zi Bingfa.