Date: Friday Feb 11,
Time:7:00PM – 8:00PM
Venue: Level 5 – Imagination in National Library Building
Dr Goh Keng Swee, born in 1918, was someone who was already actively thinking about political and economic issues at an early age. He had therefore a lot to say about local society and the world before Singapore gained self-rule in 1959, and before final independence for the country in 1965. Already as a young man, he exhibited a lively and penetrative mind that sought to be aware of the historical context within which he found himself. The uncertain context of the times provided a backdrop for his thinking, which today acts as a needed reminder of how different the political state of affairs in Southeast Asia was before the 1960s. This talk focuses on the early period of Dr Goh’s writings, all of which were authored at a time when he was a “Malayan”.
Registration is required and can be made at http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg (please click on “Heritage” and look for the programme title).
About the speaker
Dr Ooi Kee Beng is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. He was born and educated in Penang, Malaysia, and gained all his tertiary degrees from Stockholm University, Sweden. After joining ISEAS in 2004, he has published a long series of books on Malaysia, including the prize-winning bestseller The Reluctant Politician: Tun Dr Ismail and His Time (ISEAS 2006) and Lost in Transition: Malaysia under Abdullah Badawi (SIRD & ISEAS 2008). In Lieu of Ideology: An Intellectual Biography of Goh Keng Swee (ISEAS 2010) is his first major book on Singapore. His next book is The Right to Differ: Conversations with Lim Kit Siang.