Archive for the ‘Book review’ Category

Malaysia Chronicle gives the first non-sugar-coated review: Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is more used to ‘dishing’ it out to his foes. The 88-year-old is seldom at the receiving end, partly because most people who know him would also know better than to cross him. Mahathir is also famous for his selective memory, which is […]


A more positive review from the Wall Street Journal: China already dominates Asia and intends to become the world’s leading power. The United States is not yet a “second rate power,” but the inability of its political leaders to make unpopular decisions bodes poorly. Russia, Japan, Western Europe and India are, for the most part, […]


No word from Lee lately.  Meanwhile, a scathing book review in the Vancouver Sun: If Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding father and at 89 still the “Minister Mentor” of his patrimony, feels he has been maligned in speech or print he is always swift to bring charges of criminal libel or slander. And Singapore’s judges, […]


A review of OB Markers: My Straits Times Story, by Cheong Yip Seng, former Editor-in-Chief of the Singapore Press Holdings, published by Straits Times Press.  Asia Sentinel: From the very first chapter of this book to the last, it is full of detailed and astonishing revelations about the mainstream media in Singapore. It is an incredible […]


Yet another book from Lee Kuan Yew.  What appears to be a cut’n’pasted press release at AsiaOne: The book, My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore’s Bilingual Journey, is published in separate but similar Chinese and English editions. The 400-page Chinese edition is by Lianhe Zaobao and the 388-page English one by The Straits Times Press. Each copy […]


Alex Au digs up some surprising quotes from Hard Truths.  Yawning Bread: Q: Within the Singapore Cabinet, when there are discussion on issues, to what extent do ministers’ religious beliefs influence the positions they take, for example, on moral issues — casinos, homosexuality and so on. Does that ever come up? A: They’re modern thinking […]


A book about Lee Kuan Yew that the Straits Times is not promoting heavily.  The Star: THE founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, is a man who tends to elicit extreme reactions. While some praise his city state as an efficient modern metropolis with cosmopolitan aspirations, other decry the more authoritarian aspects of its […]


Tom Plate’s book gets negative reviews in Singapore, but a positive review in America.  Huffington Post: When the history of the 21st century is written, Afghanistan will matter little. But the rise of China modeled on the pragmatic, soft-authoritarian template of Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore will be seen as the game changer of our time. […]


An atypically critical state media review of Tom Plate’s new book on Lee Kuan Yew.  Today: Mr Plate tries to get under the skin of this man during two interviews over a total of four hours, especially in the second part of his slim, soundbite of a book. The result is a 211-page rewind of […]


A new book about Lee Kuan Yew is out, but as reported before, the Singapore-published book’s author, Tom Plate, is one of Lee’s top apologists and “candid” opinions are few and far between.  CNA: A detailed and candid book on Singapore’s Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew, billed as the first extended conversation with a Western […]



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