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Tribute to Dr Goh Keng Swee

Postby verykiasu2010 » Sat May 15, 2010 1:05 pm

He has been one of the Founding Fathers of modern Singapore.

Many aspects of modern Singapore were engineered by this LSE alumnus.....the EDB, MOE, GEP, Mindef, MAS, etc etc

Let's hope from this modern Singapore will rise up many more sons and daughters of Singapore who has benefited from the legacy of Dr Goh, to be as capable and dedicated as the late Dr Goh KS in contributing to the progress and well being of Singapore.

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Postby kiddo » Sat May 15, 2010 2:32 pm

Yap never can agreed more verykiasu2010,

Let hope we have more of him in our young generation. :pray:

Very long shot ...but maybe not all in one but a group that will
emulate a GoH Keng Swee, a Lee Kuan Yew or a S.Rajaratam.

R.I.P our Founding Father Dr. Goh Keng Swee :pray:
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Postby tankee » Sat May 15, 2010 2:36 pm

Dr Goh Keng Swee By Tien, Mui Mun written on 2002-10-08
National Library Board Singapore

http://infopedia.nl.sg/articles/SIP_662_2005-01-11.html

Goh Keng Swee (Dr) (b. 6 October 1918, Malacca, Malaysia - 14 May 2010, Singapore), a Peranakan, has often been called the "economic architect" of Singapore, contributing greatly in shaping the development of Singapore into a prosperous nation as Finance Minister and Defence Minister. He held several other key appointments, including First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Education, Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Chairman of several government-led companies.

Early life
His early education was at Anglo-Chinese School in Singapore and later at Raffles College. After the Japanese occupation, he joined the Civil Service. His outstanding performance earned him a scholarship to study at the London School of Economics where he obtained a first class Honours in Economics and won the William Farr Prize in 1951. In 1956, he graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of London.

During his stay in London, he started the Malayan Forum with a group of fellow students which included Lee Kuan Yew and Dr Toh Chin Chye. Goh became its first Chairman.

Career
When Goh returned to Singapore, he worked at the Social Welfare Department and attained the position of Director. During his colonial civil service, together with K. M. Byrne, he formed the Council for Joint Action to seek for equal pay for Asian civil servants.

In 1959, he resigned from the civil service and joined the People's Action Party as its Vice-Chairman and represented the Kreta Ayer constituency as its Member of Parliament until his retirement from politics in 1984. He led various Ministries especially at critical period in Singapore's history introducing bold measures.

Accomplishments
As Minister of Finance in 1959, he introduced an industrialisation programme with the aim of creating jobs for Singaporeans. Jurong, a swampy wasteland, was transformed into Singapore's first industrial estate. He offered incentives and invited foreign investments in the areas. He initiated the setting up of the Economic Development Board which was established on August 1961 with the purpose of overseeing the economic development of Singapore.

When Singapore attained independence on the 9 August 1965, he became the first Minister of Defence. With the withdrawal of the British troops from Singapore, he saw an urgent need for a strong defence force. He established the setting up of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) with the implementation of compulsory national service for all male Singaporeans above eighteen years old.

As Minister of Education, the importance of curriculum development in the education system prompted him to set up the Curriculum Development Institute. He introduced streaming in 1980 to allow students to learn at their own pace within their own capabilities. He also introduced religious education which was however later dropped from school curriculum.

When he was appointed Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Board of Commissioner of Currency (BCC) in 1980, he took measures to promote Singapore as an international financial centre. To this end, in 1984, amendments were made to three major financial regulations, namely the Banking Act, the Monetary Authority of Singapore Act, and Finance Companies Act. During the 1985 recession, he acted to stop the downward slide of the Singapore dollar.

In 1985, he was awarded the prestigious Order of Temask (First Class) for his contributions in the development of Singapore. In 1992, the Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund was set up to honour his contributions to the economic development of Singapore. The Goh Keng Swee Professorship and Master's Scholarships in Economics were established by the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1998.

Timeline
May 1959 - Sep 1963 : Vice-Chairman of People's Action Party. Member of Parliament for Kreta Ayer.
5 Jun 1959 - 8 Aug 1965 : Minister of Finance.
1963-1966 : Member of the Governing Council, Asian Institute for Economic Development and Planning, Bangkok, Thailand. Re-appointed at the 22nd session of ECAFE at New Delhi for a further three years. Member of Board of Management, People's Association, Singapore. Member of Board of Governors, National Youth Leadership Training Institute, Singapore. Represented Singapore at innumerable International Conferences.
9 Aug 1965 - 16 Aug 1967 : Minister of Defence. (previously Ministry of Defence and Security and Ministry of the Interior and Defence)
17 Aug 1967 - 10 Aug 1970 : Re-appointed Minister of Finance.
11 Aug 1970 - 11 Feb 1979 : Re-appointed Minister of Defence.
Mar 1973 : Appointed Deputy Prime Minister
12 Feb 1979 - 31 May 1980 : Minister of Education
1 Jun 1981 - 1 Jan 1985 : Re-appointed Minister of Education
1 Jun 1980 - 1984 : First Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman, Monetary Authority of Singapore.
1981 - 1994 : Deputy Chairman, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation.
1983 - 1992 : Chairman, Board of Governors, Institute of East Philosophies.
1984 : Retired from politics.
1985 - 31 May 1992 : Deputy Chairman, Monetary Authority of Singapore.
1985 : Economic Adviser to the State Council of the People's Republic of China on coastal development and Advisor on tourism.
1988 - 1994 : Chairman, Singapore Totalisator Board.
1991 : Director, Gateway Technologies Services Pte Ltd.
1992 - 1995 : Executive Chairman and Chairman, Board of Governors, Institute of East Asian Political Economy. Chairman, East Asian Consultancy (S) Pte Ltd.
1 Jan 1993 : Adviser, UOB Bank Group.
1994 : Chairman, N.M. Rothschild & Sons (S) Ltd
1995 : Vice-Chairman, Hong Leong Asia Ltd.

Awards
1966 : Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
1972 : Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Services
1972 : Order of Sikatuna, Philippines.
1985 : Order of Temasek (1st Class).
1991 : First Distinguished Fellow, EDB Society.

Publications
The practice of economic growth. (1995). Singapore: Federal Publications.
(Call no.: RSING 330.95957 GOH)

The economic of modernisation. (1995). Singapore: Federal Publications.
(Call no.: RSING 330.95957 GOH)

Wealth of East Asian nations: Speeches and writings. (1995). Singapore: Federal Publications.
(Call no.: RSING 330.95957 GOH)

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Postby autumnbronze » Sat May 15, 2010 2:59 pm

I watched the documentary about him last night.

He came across to me as a meticulous man, a person of vision and determination, fearless enough to take risks for the betterment of the system.

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Postby verykiasu2010 » Sat May 15, 2010 3:07 pm

His cousin, Tun Tan Siew Sin, was the first Finance Minister of Malaysia, a Chinese

And of course, his uncle, Tan Cheng Lock
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Postby Way2GO » Sat May 15, 2010 8:32 pm

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06.10.1918 - 14.05.2010

R.I.P.

A wife's tribute:
"He did all these things not for money, not for glory
or to be honoured, but for SINGAPORE and Singaporeans...."

:salute: :salute: :salute:

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Postby Way2GO » Sat May 15, 2010 8:36 pm

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Beam me up, Scotty
Good luck to those staying behind.

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Postby kiddo » Sun May 16, 2010 3:59 am

"A whole generation of Singaporeans take their present standard of living
for granted because you had laid the foundations of the economy of Singapore"
wrote Mr. Lee Kuan Yew when Dr. Goh step down from Cabinet in 1984

"He is a man of very strong conviction , to be sure, but he had strong
convictions precisely because he subjected his own beliefs
to fierce scrutiny.Singapore's founding leaders were generally sceptics
- rare among politicians , of never believing their own propaganda
- and Dr Goh was the sceptic par excellence among the sceptics "



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Postby 3Boys » Sun May 16, 2010 7:23 am

To quote his wife, Dr Phua;

"He did all these things not for money, nor for glory or to be honoured, but for Singapore and Singaporeans. And he enjoyed taking the challenge."

One would hope that the future leaders of Singapore take the same attitude, and not view the civil service as some secure, high-paying gravy train, for which they will take every measure to beat their fellow Singaporean to.

One could imagine the ghost of Dr Goh interviewing a potential perm sec to be;

"Why are you here?"

"Sir, what do you mean?"

"Why do you want to be Perm Sec?"

"Well, I aced my PSLE, and according to my dad, it sets me on the path to a high paying civil service job and cushy life. Its the culmination of all I have worked for........"

Let it not come to that.
..................

RIP Dr Goh, may the all generations of Singaporeans not forget your legacy, and the philosophies of selflessness and public service you lived and institutionalised.

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Postby markfch » Sun May 16, 2010 9:50 am

He's one of the reasons our DS don't have to be labourers and DD don't have to be maids overseas. Thank you, sir.
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