Lunch With Sumiko: Philip Jeyaretnam on work, public service, politics and life with his late father

If life were a book, Philip Jeyaretnam is now at a happy chapter, finding purpose in work, public service - and cooking

Mr Jeyaretnam enjoys cooking as he finds it relaxing. He is seen here in his kitchen with a beef Wellington. Mr Philip Jeyaretnam has been in the public eye for much of his life, first as the son of opposition leader J.B. Jeyaretnam, then as an autho
Mr Philip Jeyaretnam has been in the public eye for much of his life, first as the son of opposition leader J.B. Jeyaretnam, then as an author and a successful lawyer. He is a member of the Public Service Commission and chairs the board of Maxwell Chambers, Singapore's alternative dispute resolution complex.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
ST PHOTO: SUMIKO TAN

There is a formal - but not unfriendly - air about lawyer Philip Jeyaretnam when we first meet.

He is pleasant and polite, picks his words carefully in a strong British accent and has a tendency to look down when he speaks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 25, 2019, with the headline 'A life in chapters'. Print Edition | Subscribe