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Speaking Truth to Power


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  • About the Author
  • It is said that the duty of public servants is to 'speak truth to power' - to give honest, sound and sometimes unpopular advice to political leaders. Underneath the narrative of the Singapore story, as personified by Lee Kuan Yew and the first-generation leaders, lies the lesser-known tales of dedicated public servants in the nation-building process. Singapore's development cannot be fully understood without considering the role of those in public service during the transition to independence from the 1950s to 60s. Featuring oral history interviews from the National Archives of Singapore with 11 pioneer public servants, Truth to Power: Singapore's Pioneer Public Servants reveals first-hand, personal accounts of the civil service's transition from the colonial era, their relationship with the political leaders, and how Singapore's economic development was driven by sound public administration in those critical years. The annotated interviews make for an easily readable format for researchers and general audiences alike.

  • Loke Hoe Yeong is a London-based analyst and researcher on politics and international affairs. Formerly an Associate Fellow at the European Union Centre in Singapore, National University of Singapore, he has published widely in academic journals and the media on a range of subjects from Europe-Asia relations to Southeast Asian politics and public policy, besides being a guest commentator on international affairs for TV.

ISBN: 9789811212123
Cover Type: Hardback
Page Count: 300
Year Published: 2020