The Public Service Division would like to thank the officers featured in this book for sharing their stories, memories and experiences with us.
Special thanks also to the respective public agencies for their support of this book project.
This project was supported by the National Archives of Singapore.
The National Archives of Singapore (NAS) is the official custodian of the corporate memory of the Government as well as much of the social memory of the nation and its people. The archives that the NAS acquires, organises, preserves and presents allow current and future generations of Singaporeans to understand our different cultures, explore our common heritage and appreciate who we are and how we became a nation. These archives include government records, private papers, maps, photographs, posters, oral history interviews and audio-visual materials. Discover more of what NAS has the privilege to care for at Archives Online: http://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/.
Finally, thanks to Mr Ashraf Maniam, Ms Ooi Wan Tsin and Ms Tan Aik Hua for their assistance, as well as to Mr T. R. Trevin Raj, Mr Muhammad Khalid Bin Sukaimi, Ms Tan Siew Ann and Ms Valentina Tan for their editorial support.
Public Service Division: Ms Toh Su Fen, Ms Chong Chee Yin, Ms Esther Kong and Mr Tan Mike Tze
Civil Service College: Mr Luke Goh, Mr Alvin Pang, Ms Sheila Ng, Ms Liza Lee and Ms Yee Lai Fong
All stories written by Sunda Press (unless otherwise stated).
‘Delivering on Our Promise’: Based on the oral history account of Mr Chan Chin Bock from the National Archives of Singapore, as well as passages from Heart Work (EDB and EDB Society, 2002).
‘Our Water Story’: Based on the oral history account of Mr Tan Gee Paw from the National Archives of Singapore and passages from Mr Tan’s interview in Challenge magazine (September 2011) and PUB’s
2009 annual report.
‘First Step’: Based on passages from The Singapore Foreign Service: The First 40 Years (Editions Didier
‘Swift and Sure’: Based on passages from The Journey: 60 Years of Fighting Corruption in Singapore
(Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, 2012).
‘Acts of Courage’: Based on the oral history account of Mr Tee Tua Ba from the National Archives of
Singapore and passages from An Unexpected Journey: Path to the Presidency (Editions Didier Millet, 2011).
‘Houses to Homes’: Based on the oral history accounts of Mr Lim Kim San and Mr Liu Thai Ker from
the National Archives of Singapore, as well as passages from Our Homes: 50 Years of Housing a Nation
(Straits Times Press, 2011).
‘Trial by Fire’: Based on passages from Rescue 995: Tribute Edition (Volume 7, Issue 2, August 2014),
by the Singapore Civil Defence Force.
‘Thunderbolt: The SQ117 Story’: Based on ‘Foiling the Horrifying Hijack on Singapore Airlines Flight
117’ (Hometeam.sg, 26 March 2013) and passages from Pioneers Once More (Public Service Division
and Straits Times Press, 2010).
All photographs by Mr Jean Paolo Ty (unless otherwise stated).
Arctic Council, used under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.
Mr Canagasabai Kunalan
Central Narcotics Bureau
Mr Cho Sai Chee
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau
Economic Development Board (of Mr Chan Chin Bock and Mr Philip Yeo)
Ms Fuziah Taha
Gardens by the Bay
Ms Goy Soon Lan
Mrs Kiang-Koh Lai Lin
Land Transport Authority
Mr Ronnie Liew, used under a CC BY 2.0 license.
MediaCorp Press. Copyright 2015 MediaCorp Press Ltd. Article first appeared in TODAY.
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Home Affairs
Mr Mohd Hanef Bin Fadel
National Archives of Singapore
National Day Parade 2015 Organising Committee
National Parks Board
The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reprinted with permission.
Mr Ong Yen Her
Mr Phang Tai Chee
Pink Floyd88, used under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license.
Pioneer Generation Office
Public Service Division (Our Singapore Conversation photos)
Singapore Civil Defence Force
Singapore General Hospital
Singapore Prison Service
The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reprinted with permission.
SUPT Gregory Tan
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Mr Teo Heng Lam
Urban Redevelopment Authority