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Straits Times Press launches book on Singapore’s political pioneers – “We also served: Reflections of Singapore’s former PAP MPs”

Singapore, 8 July 2014 – Straits Times Press (STP), the book publishing arm of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), launched its latest book “We also served: Reflections of Singapore’s former PAP MPs” this evening, at the SPH News Centre auditorium. The book is jointly written by former People’s Action Party (PAP) Members of Parliament (MPs) Dr Chiang Hai Ding and Mr Rohan Kamis.  

The launch was attended by over 100 guests, including past and present PAP MPs and their family members. 

"We also served - Reflections of Singapore's former PAP MPs" is a 456-page book that tells how 25 former PAP MPs became involved in politics, what they did as politicians, and what they felt and wished for Singapore. They have held appointments ranging from ministers to backbenchers. Some had served as many as five terms, totalling over two decades, and some one term of four or five years.

The book traces the career paths of the MPs, starting from the Second Legislative Assembly (30 May 1959 to 21 Sept 1963) to the Ninth session of Parliament (26 May 1997 to 20 April 2006). These are stories of ordinary people who served in unusual times and achieved extraordinary results for Singapore. Some are of very humble origin or have little formal education. Most served when that new nation started out on the long road to nation-building, during the decades of rapid social and economic change, when they had to convince their fellow citizens to make the necessary changes for independent Singapore to survive and progress. 

The book is made up of a mix of autobiographical essays and interviews based on research materials that had been collated over eight years. 

Co-author Mr Chiang Hai Ding, who served as MP from April 1970 to December 1984, said: “This is a unique book. For the first time, over two dozen former PAP MP share with the public some aspects of their lives – their origins, how they became involved in politics, what they did as politicians, what they felt and what they wish for Singapore.”

Ms Shirley Hew, Publisher and Executive Director, Straits Times Press said:  "We are delighted to be the Publisher for this title. Hopefully the book will encourage other MPs to write about their experiences and leave a lasting legacy in the social history corpus of Singapore."

"We also served - Reflections of Singapore's former PAP MPs" is available at leading bookstores at $39.90 (GST inclusive) from Tuesday 8 July onwards. The book can also be ordered from the Straits Times Press online bookstore at: .


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About Straits Times Press (STP)

Straits Times Press is a publishing house with more than 100 years of combined international publishing experience as a team. The team has won international and regional prizes for excellence in editorial, design and publishing.

Straits Times Press publishes History, Biographies/Memoirs, Politics, Culture, Food and Lifestyle books. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, SPH's suite of digital products includes online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications. Our online products enjoy 360 million page views with 23 million unique browsers every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, and SPH Razor. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions. The Malay language-daily Berita Harian has apps for both iPhones and Android smartphones and iPads, offering both native and PDF formats, and an online version.


In the radio business, SPH Radio Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. 

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO. 


SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. 

The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:

· Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
· The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore. 

The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. 

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