George Yeo on Bonsai, Banyan and the Tao

George Yeo on Bonsai, Banyan and the Tao

Author: George Yong-Boon Yeo

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9814518697

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 686

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George Yeo's 1991 speech on pruning the banyan tree of the Singapore state, a political canopy under which nothing could grow, heralded an era of activism by civil society, which had hitherto been seen as a threat to the dominance of the PAP state.The ministerial speeches by Yeo -- an indefatigable writer -- are distinguished by his deep and clear thinking about the place of democracy in good governance. Yeo is what may be called a liberal conservative. An iconic product of Singapore's meritocratic but authoritarian system, he was a political conservative, believing in the need for discipline and stability above all in a city-state without a margin of error due to a lack of natural resources. Nevertheless, he was far-sighted enough to recognise that order and stability could survive only if the system were liberalised judiciously from within so as to attract and retain the idealism and energy of a younger and liberal citizenry.A thinker and strategist, Yeo led the Singapore team which negotiated Free Trade Agreements with the United States, Japan, Australia and other countries. Controversially, he proposed the idea of having Integrated Resorts, including casinos, in Singapore, although his late father had had a problem with gambling. Both a pragmatist and an idealist, he believes that policy-making often involves a choice between evils.This book, with Yeo's insightful quotes, is a compilation of speeches selected from the entire range of what Yeo penned and delivered throughout his political life, covering everything from domestic issues, which have not lost their resonance today, to international realities -- in Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, and the United States -- within which Singapore will have to survive and thrive.

George Yeo on Bonsai, Banyan and the Tao

George Yeo on Bonsai, Banyan and the Tao

Author: Asad-ul Iqbal Latif

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789814518710

Category: Political Science

Page: 812

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Since his undergraduate days in Cambridge, George Yeo has spoken and written much in and out of government. Many remember the things which he said or wrote years ago. This book is a compilation of some of his best speeches and writings which were selected by Asad Latif and Lee Huay Leng in consultation with him. The book has a rather unusual title because there are many aspects to George Yeo which makes him difficult to classify. As a student leader, he was radical but conciliatory. In the Singapore Armed Forces, he was atypical, moving from the Army to the Air Force before becoming Director of Joint Operations and Planning. In politics, he is fondly remembered by artists, journalists, doctors, businessmen and foreign diplomats, and by his colleagues and constituents. His own staff said he had a curious mind. They complained that he rarely used the drafts which they had prepared for him. George Yeo describes himself as a Taoist even though he is a Roman Catholic and is now on the Papal staff. Buddhists are surprised he championed the revival of Nalanda University as an international project. He remains close to Singaporeans of different races and religions even though he has a deep sense of his own ancestral roots and religion. In politics, he has been described both as a liberal and a conservative. In his Parliamentary maiden speech, he spoke of the importance of democracy but has repeated many times that democracy is only a means and not an end in itself. He has a deep interest in history which partly explains his seeing the re-emergence of China and India earlier than most others. The bonsai and the banyan are metaphors he uses for Singapore. Singapore is a city-state and must never have an inflated view of itself. The bonsai describes Singapore modestly, but he adds that the bonsai can be intensely interesting and valuable. The banyan provides shade and we are grateful for it, but too much makes us weak. As for the Tao, that perhaps is what gives unity to his many interests. Contents:Singapore and PoliticsCulture and ValuesMedia and Social MediaGeopoliticsAppendices Readership: The general public, policy-makers and academics keen on Asian politics and international relations. Keywords:George Yeo;Singapore;Politics;Economy;PAP;General ElectionReviews: "This is a wonderful book by one of the foremost statesmen and social thinkers of our time. Though the themes covered display a huge variety in this wide-ranging collection of essays and speeches by George Yeo, there is a foundational interest in Asia's vast possibilities that motivates his illuminating and powerful reflections." Amartya Sen Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences “Every reader will take away something from the collection … I thought I knew what made me personally appreciate him as a political figure. The fuller picture revealed in his speeches shows us someone who is searching deeply and widely for answers to the human condition. This is someone we should all want to know better.” Professor Wang Gungwu Chairman of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and East Asian Institute "As can be seen in this splendid collection of speeches and commentaries, George Yeo's knowledge is wide-ranging as well. He can speak informatively about everything from the arrival and impact of the Internet in traditional societies to the role of city-regions in a globalized world to the woes and wonders of multi-ethnic and multi-religious polities. The reader will be well-rewarded by delving into this rich depository of insights and ideas." Nicolas Berggruen Chairman of the Berggruen Institute and Berggruen Holdings "This thick tome by George Yeo may help you pass your General Paper exams. His views can be unconventional and unexpected. For some, this book could be a collection of quotable quotes. For others, hopefully a challenge to rise and make Singapore a great home for us all." Mothership.sg Singaporean digital news agency “George Yeo's thinking is clear, consistent, and, at times, controversial. It is underpinned by a deep knowledge of history. This collection of speeches provides timely insight into the development of Singapore — and food for thought on some of today's most challenging issues.” Sunday Morning Post "It demonstrates the breadth of knowledge, depth of thinking, and the rare penmanship that communicates his perspectives in a style both lucid and succinct … The gems of wisdom in this book were crystallized by an avid scholar of international relations, philosophy, public policy, and area studies, who embodies the ideals of a scholar-statesman with notable achievements in military, academia, politics, religion and business." Asian Journal for Public Affairs

Small Actions: Leading Your Career To Big Success

Small Actions: Leading Your Career To Big Success

Author: Eric Sim

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789811232596

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

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The 'small actions' you take today can put you on the path to big career success tomorrow. If these actions are innovative, intelligent and well-timed, they can make a lasting impact and help you navigate your career journey in the face of uncertainty and disruptions.A key opinion leader on LinkedIn, Eric Sim shares practical and actionable tips to help you achieve your career goals. He draws these from his diverse real-life experience — from selling street food and training to be an engineer, to becoming a managing director at UBS Investment Bank.Arranged thematically into 66 bite-sized chapters, this book brings together a series of relatable stories and case studies. You'll learn valuable career lessons, such as why it's important to be a 'combo specialist', and how you can influence people and build your personal brand. Whether you're just starting out in the workforce or are looking to get further ahead, let this book inspire you to take powerful small actions of your own.

Idea Of Singapore, The: Smallness Unconstrained

Idea Of Singapore, The: Smallness Unconstrained

Author: Tan Tai Yong

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789811213366

Category: History

Page: 240

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Professor Tan Tai Yong is the Institute of Policy Studies' 6th S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. This book is an edited collection of his six IPS-Nathan Lectures, delivered between September 2018 and May 2019, and includes highlights of his dialogue with the audience.In his lecture series, Professor Tan examines how Singapore has evolved over its 700-year history as a regional emporium, colonial port city and city-state. He shows that Singapore's history is influenced by the recurring themes of geography, movements of people, networks and globalisation. An understanding of the twists and turns of this long history, and the ways in which historical circumstances have shaped Singapore's fate and fortunes, can offer important insights and a better appreciation of our strengths and challenges as a city-state.The IPS-Nathan Lecture series was launched in 2014 as part of the S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore. It seeks to advance public understanding and discussion of issues of critical national interest for Singapore.

The Challenges Of Governance In A Complex World

The Challenges Of Governance In A Complex World

Author: Ho Peter

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789813231849

Category: Social Science

Page: 172

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Peter Ho, former Head of the Singapore Civil Service, was the Institute of Policy Studies' 2016/17 S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. This book collects the four IPS-Nathan Lectures that he delivered between April and May 2017, and gathers highlights of his dialogues with the audience. Ho surveys the increasingly complex world, and suggests what governments can do to prepare for the future — even as no one can predict it. He uses metaphors such as the "black elephant" and concepts like the "dialectic of governance" to explain how a systematic approach to thinking about the future can help countries in general — and Singapore in particular — build resilience and develop a comparative advantage in the face of uncertainty and rapid change. The IPS-Nathan Lectures series was launched in 2014 as part of the S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore. Its primary goal is to promote public understanding and discourse of issues of critical national interest. Contents: ForewordLecture I — Hunting Black Swans & Taming Black Elephants: Governance in a Complex World ] Q&ALecture II — Governing in the Anthropocene: Risk & Resilience, Imagination & Innovation + Q&ALecture III — The Paradox of Singapore and the Dialectic of Governance + Q&ALecture IV — The Future: Governance, Unintended Consequences, and the Redemption of Hope + Q&A Readership: General public, professionals, students, researchers, diplomats, and foreign visitors interested in knowing more about Singapore and what lies ahead for the city-state. Keywords: Complexity;Governance;Government;Singapore;Singapore Civil Service;Technology;Risk;Resilience;Dialectic;Future;Futures Thinking;Innovation;Imagination;Scenario Planning;Anthropocene;Paradox;HopeReview: Key Features: Mr Peter Ho's ideas on governance and complexity are broad ranging and deep. However, it was mostly civil servants who had been able to hear him share his views prior to this lecture seriesAccessible academia The content is targeted at youth and the general public, and thus unlocks the knowledge of academia to be accessed by the public

Majulah!

Majulah!

Author: Zainul Abidin bin Rasheed

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789814759885

Category: Electronic books

Page: 682

View: 978

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"The Malay/Muslim community is an integral part of the formative years of modern Singapore. The Singapore Malay/Muslim community comprises approximately 13% of Singapore's population of about 5.5 million people. More than 90% of Singaporean Muslims are Malays while the remaining are Indians, Arabs, Chinese and members of other ethnic groups. This book highlights the progress of the community, its contributions, and also the challenges for the last 50 years since 1965"--

The Dalai Lama's Special Envoy

The Dalai Lama's Special Envoy

Author: Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231556507

Category: Religion

Page: 508

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Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari spent decades drawing attention to the plight of the Tibetan people and striving for resolution of the Tibetan-Chinese conflict. He was the Dalai Lama’s Special Envoy and chief negotiator with the People’s Republic of China in the formal negotiations over the status of Tibet. In this revealing memoir, Gyari chronicles his lifetime of service to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan cause. Gyari recounts his work conducting formal dialogue with the Chinese leadership from 2002 to 2012, as well as his efforts during the many years of quiet diplomacy preceding these historic negotiations. He details the fits and starts of the parties’ relationship, addressing successes as well as failures and highlighting misperceptions, missteps, and missed opportunities by both sides. Gyari grounds his recollections of his time as Special Envoy in his life experience, providing a powerful account of the personal side of Tibet’s struggles. He describes the Tibetan resistance to the Chinese invasion and the tumultuous early years of the Tibetan community in exile as well as his family’s history and spiritual lineage. A reincarnated Tibetan Buddhist lama forced to flee Tibet during the Chinese invasion, Gyari illuminates how his political efforts fulfilled his spiritual calling. Informed by his unparalleled experiences, Gyari offers realizable—but provocative—recommendations for restarting the Tibetan-Chinese dialogue to achieve a mutually beneficial resolution of the issue. For all readers interested in Tibet’s complex modern history, this book offers an incomparable look inside the decades-long effort to achieve the Dalai Lama’s vision of a reunited Tibet.