100 Inspiring Rafflesians, 1823-2003 by Guan Heng Tan

By Guan Heng Tan

“In tracing the careers of those diversified humans . . . tantalising snippets of nationwide background are stated briefly fees from their lives. those by myself make the ebook a desirable learn . . . past background, a hundred Inspiring Rafflesians is an inspirational publication approximately making whatever of your personal existence. even if your aspirations are humble or increased, even if you're from an easy or advantaged historical past, the message in every one of many tales inside of is similar: you may make your individual success.” Vita version This enlightening e-book describes the lives and achievements of eminent Rafflesians from Raffles establishment, Raffles women' tuition and Raffles Junior collage, a lot of whom have served within the Singapore public and group provider within the maximum positions. The biographies include little identified proof of curiosity, which were decorated with own anecdotes bought from these interviewed. The ebook additionally represents a courageous project through a visually handicapped individual, who's himself a Rafflesian.

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Thus Lionel Cresson’s heroic pioneering role is forever enshrined in the clinic’s existence. He also championed the cause of university education. Under his inspiring leadership, the Rotary Club organised a ‘Movie Ball’ and raised $17,500, which was donated to the university. In the context of colonial Singapore, Lionel Cresson’s many achievements were nothing short of genius. He was an intrepid inventor and a pioneer in manufacturing, in an entrepôt economy. A true Rafflesian, he used his wealth and influence to benefit the community, especially in the areas of public works, health and education.

During his 24 years as Law Minister, he also held the National Development, Home Affairs, Environment, Science and Technology, and Labour portfolios. indd 17 11/16/2007 5:40:37 PM 18 100 Inspiring Rafflesians Barker’s legal expertise was invaluable and very much in evidence when he single-handedly drafted the Separation Agreement between Malaysia and Singapore in 1965. A distinguished Eurasian leader, Barker forged closer ties and rapport between the Eurasian community and the other communities. In the true spirit of multiracialism, he worked hard to improve the lives of Eurasians, but never at the expense of the other communities.

After 17 years as a Supreme Court Judge and a total of 47 years of distinguished public service, Choor Singh retired in 1980. He found time for community service and co-founded the Khalsa Association. He was also the Vice-Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation and a member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights. He had kept himself busy researching and writing books on Sikh history and religion. His book The Lives of the Sikh Gurus is a textbook for Sikh students. Choor Singh achieved high judicial office against overwhelming odds, through sheer hard work, determination and opportunity.

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