Launch of new book to commemorate former president S R Nathan

SINGAPORE - A book which commemorates the life of the late S R Nathan was launched on Monday (July 3).

Titled Remembering S R Nathan: A Mentor For All Seasons, it is a collection of essays that provide insights into the wide-ranging legacy the sixth president of Singapore left - in the spheres of foreign service; security and intelligence; community building and social welfare; labour and trade unions; media; and research and academia.

The book is edited by Mr Mushahid Ali, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), and Dr Kumar Ramakrishna, a tenured associate professor and the head of policy studies and coordinator of the National Security Studies Programme at RSIS.

In a speech at the book launch at the National Library Building organised by the RSIS, Mr Mushahid said that through the process of putting together the book, he learnt that Mr Nathan did not provide mentorship only to Singaporean subordinates but also elsewhere.

He cited Mr Kalimullah Hassan, a contributor to the book, who recounted Mr Nathan's help in getting him his job as a Straits Times correspondent in Malaysia.

Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, was the guest of honour at the launch.

He said that Mr Nathan would always be the first to share with him the lessons he garnered.

"He told me to always remember the common man because it is the common man whom we serve and it is the common man who will make a country great, together with the leaders," said Mr Chan, who is also the secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress.

Mrs Nathan graced the occasion and was presented with a copy of the book.

The book is published by World Scientific Publishing and is available at Kinokuniya, Popular, MPH and Times at $85 and $36 for the hardcover and paperback editions respectively (excluding GST).