SINGAPORE: The second phase of former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s speeches, interviews and dialogues was launched on Wednesday by Cengage Learning and the National Archives of Singapore.
The first phase was launched on September 30 2011.
The collection covers Mr Lee’s tenures as Senior Minister and Minister Mentor from 1990 to 2011.
The ten—volume set includes Mr Lee’s thoughts on the development of Singapore as a nation, his opinions on China and Japan and anecdotes about his life.
The collection also provides an insight into Mr Lee’s views on topics such as racial harmony, productivity and education.
Some were published for the first time.
As with the first ten volumes which span 1950 to 1990, the latest volumes were researched and produced through the joint efforts of the National Archives of Singapore, the Office of the Press Secretary to Mr Lee, and Cengage Learning.
The Papers of Lee Kuan Yew: Speeches, Interviews and Dialogues (1990—2011) is compiled by the National Archives of Singapore and published by Cengage Learning under its Gale Asia imprint.
The collection is presented in a ten—volume set and is available in a case—bound edition at S$3,750. A limited leather—bound edition is priced at S$4,750. The collection will also be made available at all National Library Board (NLB) libraries and in electronic format from the NLB eResources website in the coming months.
Launching the event, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said Mr Lee’s discussions on education very much mirror current efforts to implement a more holistic curriculum.
Mr Heng said: "It will, among other things, provide insights into the background to policies that have been implemented throughout the years and will also open a door to some intimate thoughts of Mr Lee. Figures like Mr Lee Kuan Yew come but rarely in history. It is difficult to summon the passion and excitement of former days but we can get a glimmer of those times in these publications."
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