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Men in White - The untold story of Singapore's ruling political party - now available in Chinese

Singapore, 26 April 2013 – The Chinese language edition of Men in White, a publication by Straits Times Press, the publishing arm of Singapore Press Holdings, has been launched and is now available in all major bookstores in Singapore. 

The translation of Men in White, first published in 2009, is long awaited by Chinese educated readers who are interested in Singapore’s modern political history. Many of these readers, especially those from the older generation, have witnessed the turbulent times in the late 1950s and 1960s. 

Men in White is the inside story of the People’s Action Party (PAP). Narrated in three parts, it is oral history written in a journalistic mode, with anecdotes, quotes and first-hand accounts of the key players from opposing sides of the political battles.

The authors conducted some 300 interviews of these key players in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and China, supplemented by 200 oral history interviews from The National Archive. 

The first section details PAP’s early years of political battles, the second section delves into the PAP years when it was in power, while the third section highlights PAP’s political strategy such as renewal of its internal party leadership, as well as key aspects of its political management of the country. 

The writing team of the original English version of the book was headed by former SPH editor-in-chief Cheong Yip Seng, and subsequently, after Mr Cheong’s retirement, by Han Fook Kwang who was then-editor of The Straits Times. The book was written by three Straits Times journalists, Sonny Yap, Richard Lim and Leong Weng Kam and supported by four researchers, Leong Ching, Tan Mui Leng, Goh Sue Lin and Sia Boon So. More than 50,000 copies of the English version have been sold to date. 

The translation for this latest Chinese edition of Men in White was done by a team of journalists from Lianhe Zaobao, headed by associate editor Yee Kong Hwa. It includes a new introduction by Han Fook Kwang, now managing editor of SPH's English and Malay Newspapers, as well as an end note written by Straits Times opinion editor Chua Mui Hoong, which updates the book to the May 2011 election and assesses PAP’s future direction. 

Mr Han said: "The English edition of the book was a great success because it revealed intriguing details of the early political battles in Singapore from many different sources with their own versions of the events then. We wanted a story told not just by the winners but by all involved including those who had to leave Singapore subsequently. There is considerable interest among the Chinese educated in this story because many of the leading personalities then were from this community and their accounts form a substantial part of this book."

Besides local readers, this book is aimed at reaching out to Chinese-speaking communities in Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. 

The books are priced at $39.90 a copy (before GST).

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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 Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in 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, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 270 million page views with 18 million unique visitors 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 The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPad and smartphone applications. 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.


In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which 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 SPH MediaBoxOffice.


SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its second retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. SPH‘s latest retail development project, The Seletar Mall, is slated for completion by end 2014.

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