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Lee Kuan Yew Memoirs Volume 2 to launch in September

Special edition to raise funds for educational upgrading

Singapore, August 4, 2000 - The much awaited second volume of Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s memoirs will be launched on September 16, 2000. Entitled "From Third World to First, The Singapore Story: 1965 - 2000", this volume which comes in both English and Chinese versions is jointly published by Times Publishing Group and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Limited.

From Third World to First continues where the bestselling first volume, The Singapore Story, left off, to tell the story of a nation’s dramatic rise since achieving independence in 1965 to its present status as a thriving Asian metropolis with the world’s fourth highest per capita income.

To quote from the book cover:

"Like the man, the first volume of the memoirs has been both praised and vilified, but proved impossible for all interested in Asian politics to ignore. From Third World to First offers readers an even more compelling mix of political insight and intrigue."

Special Edition

A Special Edition of this volume, personally autographed by Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew, will also be published in both English and Chinese versions for sale to raise funds that will be used to encourage students to pursue educational upgrading. Each copy of the Special Edition is priced at $10,000 and all proceeds will be donated to fund this educational upgrading programme (details to be announced). Individual donors will be presented their Special Edition copies by the Senior Minister during the launch ceremony on September 16, 2000.

Those interested in purchasing the Special Edition (English or Chinese version) should call Ms Susan Tan at Tel: 740 1902; and Ms Liu Peng Sim at Tel 740 1553.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited

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Liew Kim Siong
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