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Singapore: Wealth Power and the Culture of Control Asia Singapore Carl Trocki Routledge New edition edition

15th November 2012 History Books 1 Comment

Carl Trocki offers a refreshingly different look at Singapores colonial and postcolonial history. – Far Eastern Economic Review –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Thisvolume examines Singapores culture of control, exploring the city-states colonial heritage as well as the forces that have helped to mould its current social landscape. Taking a comparative approach, Trocki demonstrates the links between Singapores colonial past and independent present, focusing on the development of indigenous social and political movements. In particular, the book examines the efforts of Lee Yew Kuan, leader of the Peoples Action Party from 1959 until 1990, to produce major economic and social transformation. Trocki discusses how Singapore became a workers paradise, but what the city gained in material advancement it paid for in intellectual and cultural sterility.

Based on the latest research, Singapore addresses the question of control in one of the most prosperous and dynamic economies in the world, providing a compelling history of post-colonial Singapore.

Carl Trocki offers a refreshingly different look at Singapores colonial and postcolonial history. – Far Eastern Economic Review –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Singapore: Wealth, Power and the Culture of Control (Asia’s Transformations/Asia’s Great Cities)

Beyond Suspicion? The Singapore Judiciary

Once again, Francis Seow has revealed, with his usual rigour and attention to detail, a vital part of Singapore’s repressive machinery, this time by placing his spotlight on its judiciary. ‘Beyond Suspicion? The Singapore Judiciary’ is essential to understanding the true nature of human rights abuses in that country. Human rights campaigners now and historians of the future will regard it a required reading. –Margaret John, Coordinator for Singapore and Malaysia, Amnesty Internatinal Canada

Francis Seow has not just exposed the judiciary; he has also laid bare the serious limitations of the political system. This is a quite brilliant piece of sustained analysis of how the judiciary is harnessed to political persecution. It is a style and methodology that is more legalistic…, but it is only through this approach that the full magnitude of the judiciary’s emasculation and the PAP’s manic desire to crush the slightest semblance of serious scrutiny become fully clear. –Garry Rodan, Director, Asia Rresearch Centre, Murdoch University, Western Australia

This is an extremely valuable record of many significant cases and events that lay bare the dynamics of the Singapore judiciary and its intersection with political personalities and imperatives. It is an impressive work…of scholarly and public policy interest, providing chapter and verse on the politico-legal nexus in Singapore. –Christopher Tremewan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Auckland, New Zealand

Justice in Singapore is Janus-faced. Singapore judges have a reputation for the integrity of their judgments. This book is about cases in which the political context of the case influences the judges to render decisions in favor of the Singapore government and its leaders.

Beyond Suspicion? The Singapore Judiciary (Southeast Asia Studies Monograph Series)

  • One response to "Singapore: Wealth Power and the Culture of Control Asia Singapore Carl Trocki Routledge New edition edition"

  • Surprise
    7:31 on November 17th, 2012
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    Beyond Suspicion? The Singapore Judiciary by Francis T Seow

    Francis Seow’s meticulous and skilful narration of events introduces the reader to the unique political climate in Singapore. Who would have thought that discussions and questions concerning the sale of several luxurious apartments to politicians and well-known individuals, including Supreme Court judges would result in 13 lawsuits being served on a single Singapore citizen, Tang Liang Hong.

    Seow’s detailed and eloquent description of how hard senior lawyers worked for their clients, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Senior Minister and several cabinet ministers against Tang Liang Hong, his lawyer, J B Jeyaretnam and his wife, Teo Siew Har is disturbing. It was spine chilling to read how at midnight, lawyers and inland revenue officials served summonses on Teo Siew Har at her residence after her forced return by the immigration authority at the Johor-Singapore causeway.

    The participation and non participation of lawyers in the lawsuits against Tang Liang Hong, J B Jeyaretnam and Teo Siew Har culminating in the bankruptcy of all three (J B Jeyaretnam was bankrupted by a litigant in an unconnected lawsuit) should prick the conscience of lawyers and judges. The manner in which court officials and Supreme Court judges handled the plethora of lawsuits against the three give much food for thought.

    Never before has a book that gives such deep insights into the workings of the Singapore courts been published. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand Singapore and Singaporeans.

    Francis Seow joined the Singapore Legal Service in 1956 and was Solicitor-General from 1966 to 1972.

    Teo Soh Lung
    1 November 2007


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