Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

e-book revives key ideas of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

SINGAPORE - What were some of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's key ideas that shaped modern Singapore? How did he go about implementing them?

In October 1997, Lee Kuan Yew: The Man And His Ideas was launched.

It was the first book that tried to answer these questions, through an exclusive series of interviews with Mr Lee, who was then Senior Minister, as well as his speeches.

Excerpts of Lee Kuan Yew: The Man And His Ideas, are now available in the form of an e-book in The Straits Times Star E-books app. It is published jointly by The Straits Times and Times Publishing as a public service to commemorate the life and work of Mr Lee, who died on Monday, March 23, at 91.

It is free.

The original book was published by Times Editions, part of Times Publishing Group, and The Straits Times Press, part of Singapore Press Holdings. It was written by ST journalists Han Fook Kwang, Warren Fernandez and Sumiko Tan. Times Editions is now part of Marshall Cavendish, which belongs to Fraser & Neave.

Mr Lee signed 200 copies of the book which raised $2 million for charity.

The e-book contains the introduction and three chapters of the original book, and has 24 speeches and extracts of interviews.

The speeches include several that were made after the book's publication.

Said Mr Fernandez, editor of The Straits Times: "The book sums up Mr Lee, what he stood for and why. We thought a younger generation of Singaporeans might be interested in this. But as this book is out of print, we decided to revive it, and decided to do so in a form that the young might find more engaging."

How to download the e-book for free (please click here):

  • Go to Apple App store on your iPad or Google Play Store on your Android tablet or smartphone
  • Type “The Straits Times Star” to search for The Straits Times Star E-books app
  • Download it onto your iPad or Android device
  • Go to "browsing"
  • You will find Lee Kuan Yew: The Man And His Ideas inside

The app is designed to work on iPad devices running iOS 6 and above. It is best viewed on tablets. Because of its size, you might want to download it using a wifi connection