Dr Goh Keng Swee’s public career spanned two eventful decades. He was a founding member of Singapore’s ruling political party, and played a significant role in creating and shaping the destiny of Singapore today. His areas of responsibility were wide-ranging, including finance, defence, and education.
Based on extensive research, including interviews with family members, friends and colleagues, this is an anecdotal account of Dr Goh’s life-story told by the author, his daughter-in-law. Tan Siok Sun traces Dr Goh’s footsteps from his humble beginnings in Melaka, to his days at Raffles College and the London School of Economics, to his service in the Singapore Government, and to his retirement.
Above all, his achievements in helping to create the modern landscape of values, institutions and environments that constitute Singapore today represent a vital legacy for the nation's present and future generations.
Tan Siok Sun was born in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia where she spent her childhood years. In 1959, her family migrated to Singapore, which at that time had just attained self-government. She continued her education in Singapore.
She took a First-Class Honours degree in Political Science at the University of Singapore and joined the elite administrative service, starting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and moving to the Ministry of Culture in the early 1970s. Subsequently she was trained as a barrister at Lincoln's Inn and was called to the Singapore Bar in 1981. She spent the next decade in the banking industry, followed by 15 years in human resources. She is now attached to Singapore Management University.
Tan Siok Sun is the daughter-in-law of Dr Goh Keng Swee. This is her first book. Siok Sun currently resides in Singapore.
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