Mr Yeo with his wife Jane and children Eugene and Elaine. On the need to nurture talent, he said: "There's no such thing as smart nation, it's smart people. People make a nation, whether a scientist, a journalist, it's all people."
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Mr Philip Yeo's biography, Neither Civil Nor Servant: The Philip Yeo Story, has sold more than 20,000 copies since its launch in November last year. The energetic chairman of Spring Singapore may be retired from the civil service but his days are packed with work and catching up with a never-ending pile of books, magazines and papers.
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ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN