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Singapore At 50: The Business Of Nation-BuildingSingapore At 50: The Business Of Nation-Building by Centre For Management Practice, Singapore Manageme

Published by SMU's Centre for Management Practice, this 300-page coffee-table book chronicles the journey and key milestones of 17 major Singapore organisations and industries that were integral in shaping modern Singapore. It is the culmination of many months of field research and interviews with key people in business, government and academia. The book pays tribute to both industry stalwarts and ordinary folks who have made a difference. It seeks to learn from the past in order to embrace the future - thereby providing a legacy for many generations to come.

Battle For Hearts And Minds: New Media And Elections In SingaporeBattle For Hearts And Minds: New Media And Elections In Singapore by Tan Tarn How, Arun Mahizhnan Et Al (Eds.)

The Singapore 2011 General Election was dubbed by some as the first "Internet" election. How far is this true and to what extent did old and new media influence voting behaviour and political participation? What was the role of Facebook, Twitter, party political websites, political discussion and the alternative and conflicting information offered online? This edited volume provides an in-depth analysis of these questions through a first-ever survey of media use, political traits, political participation and attitudes towards media, and through experiments, content analysis and interviews.

Tides Of Capital, The: How Asia Surmounted Financial Crisis And Is Guiding World RecoveryTides Of Capital, The: How Asia Surmounted Financial Crisis And Is Guiding World Recovery by Leung, Julia

The Tides of Capital details how Asia surmounted two spells of financial crisis with measures that are increasingly setting standards in the US and Europe. Hong Kong-born Leung has been a public servant in the financial sphere for two decades. She was executive director (external) of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and worked on crisis prevention with international financial organisations and central banks. Her book is the first account by a senior Asian policy-maker of financial manoeuvrings with the west.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #14: Indonesia-China Energy And Mineral Ties BroadenTrends In Southeast Asia 2015 #14: Indonesia-China Energy And Mineral Ties Broaden by Zhao Hong; Maxensius Tri Sambodo

Bilateral energy cooperation between China and Indonesia is not new. Although the share of Chinese overseas oil and gas upstream acquisitions in Indonesia and the inflow of investment from China were minor, China's recent investment flow to Indonesia's mining sector has been increasing rapidly. The reason for the increase of China's FDI in the mining sector is mainly China's increased demand for coal. Indonesia-China energy cooperation is far from smooth. Viewed through China's lens, Indonesia's bountiful mineral wealth has elevated relations between Jakarta and Beijing to a position of strategic importance.

Comet In Our Sky: Lim Chin Siong In History (New Edition)Comet In Our Sky: Lim Chin Siong In History (New Edition) by Tan Jing Quee; Jomo K.S. (Ed.)

Lim Chim Siong was the most prominent left-wing leader in Singapore for a decade until he was eliminated from the political scene by the infamous Operation Coldstore on February 2, 1963. This book is an account of Lim's significance in Singapore's political developments in the decade preceding. It also contains tributes by his friends and colleagues in Singapore and Malaysia. This new edition features an essay by Dr Poh Soo Kai and an extract from Lim's posthumous manuscripts. It will redefine the debate on the post-war history of both countries and the legacy of continuing political repression in them.

Brave New World: Greatest Hits (With Free Cd)Brave New World: Greatest Hits (With Free Cd) by Azmi Sharon

Azmi Sharom may be best known for his law expertise and his intimate acquaintance with the Sedition Act, but as this collection shows, he has a lot more to talk about: faith, fear-mongering, football, and Flight of the Hamsters, for example. Drawn from selected newspaper columns published between 2007 and 2015, these essays cover Merdeka, mob rule, and the path from one to the other. Azmi clears up the question of whether Malaysia is a secular or Islamic state, explains the role of the monarchy as determined by the Constitution, and outlines how the introduction of simple concepts such as academic freedom and an independent police commission might actually be beneficial to everybody.

Merdeka For The Mind: Essays On Malaysian Struggles In The 21St CenturyMerdeka For The Mind: Essays On Malaysian Struggles In The 21St Century by Ooi Kee Beng

This selection of articles written over the last three years by Ooi Kee Beng is a succinct expression, not only of trends that the region and the world are experiencing, but more specifically of stubborn issues immediately affecting Malaysia. In essence, Malaysia has reached a crossroads. Ooi contends that the bankruptcy of racialist politics maintained for too long by race-based parties through racially-justified policies has become too obvious to deny. On the one hand, this has generated strong opposition from the depths of Malaysian society; and on the other hand, as a direct response to this challenge to the old order, there appears to be a disheartening rise in incoherent racism and Islamist zealotry.

Bangsa Melayu: Malay Concepts Of Democracy And Community, 1945-1950Bangsa Melayu: Malay Concepts Of Democracy And Community, 1945-1950 by Ariffin Omar

The years immediately after the Second World War were critical in the remaking of Southeast Asian societies. Bangsa Melayu is an innovative study of political ideology in two related but distinct Malay communities in peninsular Malaya and East Sumatra at this time of tremendous political ferment. In this new edition of a classic book, Ariffin Omar focuses on the basic differences in thinking, temperament and attitude between the two groups of Malays which led to markedly different political outcomes. It will be of enormous appeal to all those interested in the history of ideas and the politics of ethnicity.

Japan Restored: How Japan Can Reinvent Itself And Why This Is Important For America And The WorldJapan Restored: How Japan Can Reinvent Itself And Why This Is Important For America And The World by Prestowitz, Clyde

Japan Restored is written as a vision of Japan in the year 2050, when the country's economic recovery has made it a world leader in every area of human endeavour. Prestowitz looks back to the year 2014 as such a low point for Japan that a special reform commission was set up that helped the country regain its former position as a leader in technology, in business, and geopolitically. Looking at education, innovation, the role of women, corporate organization, energy, infrastructure, domestic government, and international alliances Prestowitz draws up a fascinating and controversial blueprint for the future success of Japan.

Bilateral Legacies In East And Southeast AsiaBilateral Legacies In East And Southeast Asia by Ganesan, E. (Ed.)

This edited volume examines the concept of overhangs or legacies or negative stereotypical images in international relations and their impact on bilateral relations between geographically proximate states in East Asia. The case studies chosen demonstrate conclusively that bilateral overhangs or legacies have a significant impact on contemporary international relations. Such images are regularly replicated and stoked by a variety of constituencies, including state agencies, for their own selfish interests. The evidence also points to the fact that such bilateral relationships are relatively self-contained and often operate with their own dynamics.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #13: Crown Property Bureau In Thailand And Its Role In Political EconomyTrends In Southeast Asia 2015 #13: Crown Property Bureau In Thailand And Its Role In Political Economy by Porphant Ouyyanont

The Crown Property Bureau has long been ignored in Thai economic literature. However, the Bureau is a huge conglomerate and holding company, with an income in excess of 10 billion baht, and with links throughout the economy. It is also the largest landholder in the country. The Asian economic crisis of 1997 had a significant effect on the financial position of the CPB. The CPB has been instrumental in developing and financing many royal projects, including those relating to the king's "sufficiency economy" philosophy.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #12: Yunnanese Chinese In Myanmar: Past And PresentTrends In Southeast Asia 2015 #12: Yunnanese Chinese In Myanmar: Past And Present by Yi Li

There is a long history of Chinese activities in Myanmar. The largest wave of Chinese migration to Myanmar occurred in the nineteenth century; it brought two major regional groups of immigrants: the Hokkien/Cantonese who took the maritime route and the Yunnanese who took the overland route across the border. Recent years have seen the arrival and establishment of wealthy and influential Yunnanese, and the community is fast becoming the biggest group of ethnic Chinese in the former capital of Myanmar.

Security And Modernity In Southeast AsiaSecurity And Modernity In Southeast Asia by Rappa, Antonio L.

Security and Modernity in Southeast Asia is a basic text for university students researching Security Studies. The book contains the basics of Security Studies including the various Schools of thought: realism, liberalism, constructivism, and structuralism. It takes a global perspective as all security issues will impact on other states, nations, territories and territorial claims. Real life examples have been taken from Afghanistan, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asia to illustrate the contemporary issues and themes.

Labor Relations Process, The: A Partnership Approach To Creating Strategic Competitive AdvantageLabor Relations Process, The: A Partnership Approach To Creating Strategic Competitive Advantage by Ghee Soon Lim; William Holley

Labor relations management includes managing both unionized and non-unionized employees. This contextualized textbook pieces together a model of progressive and creative labor movement based on the experiences of Singapore.

Money, Islamic Banks And The Real EconomyMoney, Islamic Banks And The Real Economy by Abdul Ghafar Ismail

This book is intended to develop some important discourses on money, Islamic banks and the real economy. The discussion on money will highlight the role of money as capital. The goal of these discussions is to understand what the concept of money is, how we use it, how we measure it and how we channel it to Islamic banking.

Panorama 01/2015: From The Desert To World Cities: The New TerrorismPanorama 01/2015: From The Desert To World Cities: The New Terrorism by Hofmeister, Wilhelm (Ed.)

In this issue, authors from Asia and Europe analyse the factors that have contributed to the recent development of fundamentalism and terrorism in the Middle East and to discuss the implications of terrorism on societies in Asia and Europe. Special attention are given to the recruitment of young people, the attractiveness of terrorist groups to the youth, the role of religion and social media, and preventive de-radicalization measures.

Singapore In A Post-Kyoto World: Energy, Environment And The EconomySingapore In A Post-Kyoto World: Energy, Environment And The Economy by Tilak Doshi (Ed.)

Singapore had, by the 1980s, emerged as one of the world's great oil refining and trading centres. The city-state's policy-making went against the grain in much of its practice of economic development. It ensured that energy products were bought and sold in the domestic market at essentially global prices, in contrast to the common practice in developing countries of subsidizing energy fuels for social equity. The purpose of this book is two-fold. It is intended to introduce a host of energy-related discussions relevant to a wider group of readers who do not "do energy" for a living, yet are keenly interested in understanding the many complexities of modern industrial societies which need to balance economic, environmental, and security priorities of ordinary citizens. It is also meant to serve as an introductory assessment of key energy-related issues, with a particular relevance for small advanced countries such as Singapore.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #11: Democracy Thwarted: The Crisis Of Political Authority In ThailandTrends In Southeast Asia 2015 #11: Democracy Thwarted: The Crisis Of Political Authority In Thailand by Keyes, Charles

The coup in Thailand of 22 May 2014, led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, ended the country's latest attempt to establish a democratic political order. This coup was but the latest intervention by the Thai military dating at least to the 1950s to prevent any true democratic system developing in Thailand. The 2014 coup was intended to ensure, as a previous coup in 2006 had not succeeded in doing, that the populist challenge to despotic paternalism was ended once and for all. The strong criticisms of the proposed new constitution that would ensure the perpetuation of authoritarian rule may make such rule untenable, but perhaps may also lead to more political turmoil in the kingdom of no longer smiling Thai.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #10: The Politics Of The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (Aiib)Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #10: The Politics Of The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (Aiib) by Tang Siew Mun

Asia needs US$8.22 trillion to fund its infrastructure investment from 2010 to 2020, and existing lending institutions such as the ADB are unable to meet these requirements. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank can potentially provide up to US$30 billion of funding a year. The participation of European countries transforms the AIIB from a regional institution with a singular power base - China - to an entity that is broad-based and inclusive. Washington's response to the AIIB initiative has been a strategic misreading that failed to anticipate its allies' reactions in warming up to and eventually supporting the proposal. East Asian countries will now be watching what effect the Chinese initiative and American non-participation will have on the US rebalance to Asia.

Singapore 2065: Leading Insights On Economy And Environment From 50 Singapore Icons And BeyondSingapore 2065: Leading Insights On Economy And Environment From 50 Singapore Icons And Beyond by Quah, Euston (Ed.)

This book adopts a forward-looking perspective, contemplating Singapore's distant future. It is a collection of key insights from 50 iconic individuals of Singapore and beyond, and contains reasoned arguments, speculations and visionary expectations of Singapore's future in 50 years' time. It discusses the distant future of Singapore's economy and the environment. Are there trends or scenarios common to the various discussions? If there are, how big would be the impact of some of these trends? What and how should the government respond to these projections, expectations and informed visions of tomorrow? In sum, what would Singapore's economy and environment be like in 2065? The book explores a range of possible answers to these questions and more.