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Lee Kuan Yew's latest collection of papers launched

02 April 2013

(Photos from left) The Papers of Lee Kuan Yew (1990–2011); Minister Heng delivering his speech during the launch at NUS; the official launching of the collection; Minister Heng and guests looking through the collection

The latest collection of former Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew's speeches, interviews and dialogues was launched at NUS' University Hall on 27 March by Cengage Learning and the National Archives of Singapore, an institution of the National Library Board (NLB).

The Papers of Lee Kuan Yew: Speeches, Interviews and Dialogues (1990–2011), comprising 10 volumes, record the period when Mr Lee served as Singapore's Senior Minister and Minister Mentor. This comprehensive collection covers his statements and thoughts over the past two decades, including excerpts which were unpublished previously. The volumes were researched, collated and produced through the collaborative efforts of the National Archives of Singapore, the Office of the Press Secretary to Mr Lee and Cengage Learning. The partners also published the first 10 volumes spanning 1950 to 1990 in 2011.

The latest work encompasses a key period of development for Singapore as a nation, giving insight into Mr Lee's views on diverse subjects such as racial harmony, productivity, language education, anti-terrorism, crisis control and Singapore's international relations.

Guest-of-Honour Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat noted in his speech that the publication serves as a useful and engaging resource into the background of certain local policies, as well as opens a door to the thoughts of Mr Lee.

A total of 500 case-bound editions are offered at US$3,000 each while 100 leather-bound editions are going for US$3,800 each. Copies will be made available at all NLB libraries and an electronic version will be accessible via the NLB eResources website in the coming months.