50 Stories From My Life

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Editions Didier Millet, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 184 pages
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  S R Nathan is one of Singapore's most distinguished public servants. Born into poverty, he survived family tradegy, destitution and the Japanese occupation. After getting a university diploma as an adult, he worked his way through the civil service ranks to become successively a mediator in trade union disputes, a foreign affairs expert, a manager of a media company, a diplomat and a two-term president of Singapore.

He has been an eyewitness to Singapore's history before and after independence, with an insider's view of many key events at home and abroad.

It is easy for the younger generations of Singaporeans to assume that the good fortune they now enjoy was easily won. For them, and for anyone interested in Singapore and its history, Mr Nathan has selected 50 episodes from his personal and official life, which offer insights from which the up-and-coming generation will benefit.

 

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Contents

Dedication
9
Acknowledgements
10
Introduction
11
The Joys of Childhood
12
Tough Lessons for a Young Boy
16
Life as a Runaway
20
Invasion by the Japanese
23
A Visit to Occupied Singapore
27
A Meeting with Goh Keng Swee
99
Labour Unrest and the Communist Threat
102
The Big Split in the PAP
104
The LRU Helping Resolve Disputes and Difference in the Workplace
107
Foreign Affairs
109
Our Nearest Neighbour Malaysia
113
Founding ASEAN
117
How Singapore Reached Out to the World
121

Encounter with the Japanese Army
30
Earning a Living
34
How the Japanese Ran Malaya
37
The Formation of MPAJA
40
Guerilla Action
43
Violence Among the Communities
46
How I Became Politically Aware
49
After the Japanese Surrendered
54
An Unlikely Friendship
57
Who Did We Think We Were?
60
Knocking on the CivilService Door
64
The Maria Hertogh Riots
68
SelfImprovement adn the Path to Adversity
71
University Life
74
The Pitfalls of Student Politics
77
How I Met My Wife And Finally Married Her
81
The Realities of Life in Postwar Singapore
84
A Summons from David Marshall
88
Life on the Waterfront
91
Disputes on Board Ship
95
How the World Came to Singapore
124
The KKO Crisis and the Storming of the Embassy
128
The Boat People
132
Two Hijacks
135
Flying with Hijackers
138
Entering the World of Newspapers
142
Diplomacy The Move to Malaysia
147
Ambassador to Washington
152
Vandalism and the Conviction of Michael Fay
156
The Presidency
159
The Second Key
162
A President Pays Us a Visit
165
Representing Singapore as Head of State Overseas
168
President on Parade
172
Recognising Achievement
176
Helping the Less Fortunate
178
Working with Lee Kuan Yew
180
Index
183
Back cover
185
Copyright

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S R Nathan is one of Singapore's most distinguished public servants. Born into poverty, he survived family tradegy, destitution and the Japanese occupation. After getting a university diploma as an adult, he worked his way through the civil service ranks to become successively a mediator in trade union disputes, a foreign affairs expert, a manager of a media company, a diplomat and a two-term president of Singapore.

He has been an eyewitness to Singapore's history before and after independence, with an insider's view of many key events at home and abroad.

It is easy for the younger generations of Singaporeans to assume that the good fortune they now enjoy was easily won. For them, and for anyone interested in Singapore and its history, Mr Nathan has selected 50 episodes from his personal and official life, which offer insights from which the up-and-coming generation will benefit.

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