From Third World to First : Singapore and the Asian Economic Boom
by Kuan Yew Lee
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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Some gave little Singapore a great chance of survival when it gained independence in 1965.How is it, then, that today, the former colonial British colonial trading post is booming into an Asian metropolis with not only the world’s number one airline company, the best of the airport, and the world’s largest trading port, but also the world’s fourth highest per capita real income per capita.The story of this transformation is told here by Singapore charismatic, controversial founding father, Lee Kuan Yew.The rising legacy of the division of colonialism, the devastation of World War II, and in general on poverty and disorder following the withdrawal of foreign forces, Singapore, now, is hailed as a city of the future.This miraculous story is told in a spectacular way by the man who not only lived by all but who, without fear, moved forward and brought about most of these changes.Dive into the depths of his own meticulous notes, as well as unpublished, governmental and official documents, Lee details the extraordinary efforts he took for an island in the city-state of Southeast Asia to survive at the timeLee explains how he and his cabinet colleagues end the communist threat to the news of the state of security and began the arduous process of nation-building by creating basic road infrastructure on a still land consisted mainly of swamps, the creation of an army that until then was a racist and ideologically divided population, crushing the last vestiges of colonial era corruption, providing mass housing, and so on.In this enlightenment in account, Lee frankly writes about his incisive approach to political opponents and his often unorthodox views of human rights, democracy, and inherited intelligence, always aiming “to be correct, not politically correct”.”Nothing in Singapore has escaped his watchful eye: whether the choice of shrubs for the greening of the country, the restoration of the romance of the historical Hotel Raffles, or openly, shamelessly persuading young men to marry
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