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Bilingual pictorial coffee-table book to mark Lee Kuan Yew's 90th birthday

Singapore, 6 Sep 2013 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) is pleased to announce the launch of a new bilingual pictorial book to commemorate the birthday of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who turns 90 on September 16.

Titled Lee Kuan Yew: A Life in Pictures, the 268-page coffee-table book contains a curated collection of about 480 photographs that tell the story of the man who transformed an improbable country into the thriving metropolis that Singapore now is.

Published by Straits Times Press, the book publishing subsidiary of SPH, the book includes more than 100 never-before-published pictures, some from the former Prime Minister’s personal and family albums that capture private moments between Mr Lee and his late wife Kwa Geok Choo, as well as their three children.

The book was presented to Mr Lee at his Istana office today by SPH CEO Alan Chan. 

A team from The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao began work in January this year to put the book together. The project was led by The Straits Times Picture Editor Stephanie Yeow, and included Straits Times correspondent Cassandra Chew, senior writer Leong Weng Kam, Lianhe Zaobao’s News Editor Han Yong May and executive photographer Spencer Chung. The book was designed by The Straits Times senior executive artist Sally Lam. Han Fook Kwang, Managing Editor of the English/Malay Newspapers Division (EMND) oversaw the project. 

The team sourced for images from Mr Lee’s family, old friends, colleagues, grassroots leaders, government agencies and even collectors of Lee Kuan Yew paraphernalia. The result is a pictorial spread that not only covers the breadth of Mr Lee’s achievements, but also reveals his more intimate side. 

The book has six chapters. His personal life and relationship with his wife are featured in the first and last chapters respectively. The remaining four chapters focus on key stages of Mr Lee’s life - his role in steering Singapore on its road to independence, his role in building a nation, Mr Lee as a statesman, and his post-Prime Minister years. 

It includes six large format picture spreads that focus on various themes, such as Mr Lee’s relationship with his elder son Hsien Loong, now Singapore’s Prime Minister, his obsession with fitness, his many portraits through the years, and Mr Lee as the veteran election campaigner. 

Mr Patrick Daniel, Editor-in-Chief of the EMND, said: "This is a book we are proud to be publishing. It offers readers a pictorial history of Singapore through the life of its founding Prime Minister. It's truly a collector's item for all Singaporeans and for anyone interested in the story of Singapore."

The book will be available at all leading bookstores for $70 (inclusive of GST) from
 Sep 7. The book can also be ordered online from Sep 7, via

The book will be available in Malaysia and around the region soon after the launch. 

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Registration. No. 198402868E

For more information, please contact:

Shahrena Hassan 
Senior Manager
Editorial Project Unit 
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd 
DID: 6319 5097

Joelyn Tan 
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1895

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 
SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across 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 300 million page views with 20 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’ iPhone application. 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 UnionWorks Pte Ltd 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 REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. 

The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:

 Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
 The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore. 

The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. 

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