Singapore: The Encyclopedia


With National Heritage Board
, Editor-in-chief Tommy Koh

640 pp, 280 mm x 225 mm

ISBN: 978-981-4155-63-2
RRP USD45.00 buy from amazon

Category: Reference
Theme: Singapore


Singapore: The Encyclopedia contains over 2,500 alphabetically arranged entries on a vast range of topics – practically everything the general reader might want to know about Singapore, four decades after the achievement of full independence.  Readers will discover a depth and diversity that may surprise many who thought they know Singapore well, as well as a rich history that goes back many centuries.

Here is a vast array of information on the Singapore’s history, geography, economy, law, politics, arts, culture, entertainment, architecture, food and natural history.  Singapore’s political system is described, as well as its legal, educational and healthcare systems.  Companies, clubs and associations, housing estates, festivals and customs – they all have a place in the book.

The encyclopedia captures the shared memories and shared stories that have shaped the national identity.  They include political events such as such as Separation and Confrontation, as well as emotionally charged disasters such as the Bukit Ho Swee Fire and the Nicoll Highway collapse.

Individuals profiled include artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, members of the armed forces, priests, pastors, ulema, civil servants, entertainers, ambassadors, judges, sportsmen, and even murders.

Overseen by a distinguished editorial advisory board under the Chairmanship of Professor Tommy Koh, this encyclopedia is the most wide-ranging and informative general reference book ever published.

Professor Tommy Koh is currently Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Centre for International Law, and Rector of Tembusu College at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is the Co-Chairman of the China–Singapore Forum, the India–Singapore Strategic Dialogue and the Japan–Singapore Symposium. Prof Koh was Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York for 13 years. He was Ambassador to the United States of America for 6 years. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Law of NUS. He was also the President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea. He chaired the Preparatory Committee for and the Main Committee at the Earth Summit. He has served as the UN Secretary‑General’s Special Envoy to Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. He was also Singapore’s Chief Negotiator for the USA–Singapore Free Trade Agree-ment. He has chaired two dispute panels for the WTO. In 1984, Yale University conferred on Professor Koh an honorary degree of doctor of law. He received the Elizabeth Haub Prize for Environmental Law in 1996 and was made a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2006. He also received the Great Negotiator Award 2014 from Harvard University on 10 April 2014.


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