Item description for A Mandarin in the Making: Reflections by Ngiam Tong by Ngiam Tong Dow...
Singapore's success story has increasingly been recognised but few have told it from the perspective of an insider. As a senior civil servant and "mandarin" from 1959 to 1999, Ngiam Tong Dow served with the founding generation of political leaders and contributed to the country's economic growth. In this book, he reflects on these experiences, sharing personal anecdotes and perceptive insights of the early decades. He also boldly questions some of the policies of government and emerging trends in the country to suggest how Singapore must change to survive and thrive in the future.
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Studio: University of Hawaii Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 6.38" Height: 1.02" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Publisher University of Hawaii Press
ISBN 9971693526 ISBN13 9789971693527
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For those who are interested, this is a very enjoyable and insightful read Feb 28, 2008
I read this book in 2007, when it first came out, spotting it at Kinokunya at Ngee Ang City. For those interested in the history of Singapore's governance, and keen to extract lessons which might have limited applications in the broader development context, it is an extremely insightful and thoroughly enjoyable read. Ngiam Tong Dow has story after story, anecdote after anecdote of genuinely interesting experiences across a broad array of public policy areas, such as transport, industrial policy, education, currency reserves/monetary policy, and many others. At some point, perhaps 2/3 to 3/4 of the way through, it starts to get slightly repetitive, since the lessons learned were essentially the same. I think the most important underlying theme the book tries to impart is the need for a professional civil service made up of hard-working, well-educated and, to a large degree relatively selfless men and women. In this Ngiam Tong Dow is certainly right.