Singapore Correspondent

By Leon Comber

Singapore Correspondent is a collection of eye-witness dispatches, sent from Singapore to London, of five years of Singapore’s colourful political past. They cover a period of living turbulently and sometimes dangerously too. This was a time in the mid-1950s and early-1960s when Singapore was emerging from British colonial rule and moving forward to self-government and independence. Many of the early struggles of the People’s Action Party (PAP) are described, as the focus is on the political struggle taking place in which the PAP played a major part. Many important events which have long been forgotten are brought to life by the writer, who lived through them in Singapore (and wished it well), though he was viewing Singapore through “outside eyes”, and did not have any political affiliation. In this sense, they are fresh, and not written with any political slant, and they can be read by anyone who enjoys a good story, and sometimes a wry smile too. But at the same time they are part of Singapore’s contemporary history and should not be forgotten among all the more politically slanted accounts that are now appearing. These dispatches prove that political history need not be dull, and indeed it can sometimes be entertaining and lively if Singaporeans want to learn something about the beginnings of the present-day Republic of Singapore

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About Author

Leon Comber

Dr Leon Comber is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Melbourne, and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at ISEAS (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies), Singapore. He has lived in Southeast Asia for many years, and has written extensively about Singapore and Malaysia. Among his publications are 13 May 1969: The Darkest Day in Malaysian History; Through the Bamboo Window: Chinese Life and Culture in 1950s Malaya & Singapore; The Triads: Chinese Secret Societies in 1950s Malaya & Singapore; and Malayau2019s Secret Police 1945-1960: The Role of the Special Branch in the Malayan Emergency

Product Details
Publisher : Marshall Cavendish International (Asia)
ISBN-13 : 9789814677646