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Overwhelming response to special edition of Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going

Singapore, 14 January, 2011 – Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew will now sign 60 copies of the limited edition of the new book Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going, instead of the original 30.

He readily agreed to sign the additional copies after overwhelming response from the public resulted in the first 30 copies being snapped up by 9.30 am today.

The 60 copies of the special hard-cover edition, which sold for a minimum $10,000 each, have all been taken up.

The proceeds of the signed copies will go towards The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which has since its launch in October 2000, raised over $30 million, to support over 85,000 cases of needy children from low-income homes with money to buy food during recess.

Commenting on the response to the signed copies, Editor of The Straits Times, Mr Han Fook Kwang, said:
"The response from the public has been fantastic and shows the amount of interest in MM even when he's no longer as active as he used to be. It's also very gratifying that generous Singaporeans have come forward so quickly to own a copy of this book, and do their bit for charity."

Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to keep Singapore going is published by Singapore Press Holdings' fully-owned book publisher, Straits Times Press. The book is based on 16 interviews with MM Lee over 10 months, covering a range of issues, from the future of Singapore’s political system, relations with neighbouring countries, immigration, the rise of China and India, to climate change. He also spoke at length about his family, children and grandchildren. Each copy comes with an exclusive DVD of video footage culled from the interviews.

The book will be launched by MM Lee on 21 January at St Regis Singapore. It will be available at leading bookstores for $39.90 (inclusive of GST) from the launch date. Copies may also be ordered from or from 63198347 (May) and 63198341 (Jasmine). The book can also be purchased online from the Straits Times Press Online Bookstore from 22 January.

Hard Truths to keep Singapore going is the latest in a series of books by SPH on MM Lee. The others are: Lee Kuan Yew: The Man and His Ideas (1998), The Singapore Story (1998) and From Third World to First (2000).

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For more information, please contact:

Chin Soo Fang
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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Adrian Cheong
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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