Book Launch: From Third World to First: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew

On Tuesday, October 19th the Zagreb School of Economics and Management and the publishing house MATE Marketing Tehnologija organized a book launch for the Croatian edition of  “From the Third World to the First, Singapore Story: 1965-2000 Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew”, founder and father of modern Singapore.

The book launch was hosted by the Dean of the Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Mato Njavro, Ph.D. who greeted all distinguished guests from the Croatian Parliament, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Croatian Diplomatic Club, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, and the special advisor to the Dean for International Projects, Ms. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. He also thanked the team of the publishing house MATE Marketing Tehnologija the translator of the book, Mr. Josip Lušić.

Lee Kuan Yew, the founder and father of modern Singapore, one of the longest-serving prime ministers in the world, built Singapore truly from the third world to the first world. He is a man for whom great world leaders such as George Bush Sr. and Margaret Thatcher have only words of praise, admiration and whom they describe as an extremely important world leader. Lee Kuan Yew managed to bring Singapore, a country without any natural wealth, from the third world to the first and make it a leader in education, infrastructure, economy, a leader in many ways.

The book was discussed by guest speakers H.E. Nebojša Koharović, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Singapore, Mr. George Yeo, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore, Ph.D. Ivan Malenica, Minister of Justice and Administration of the Republic of Croatia, and  Mato Njavro, Ph.D., Dean of the Zagreb School of Economics and Management.

Mr. George Yeo, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore, said in his online address: “Singapore is successful because it has found its unique story. He has built good relations with the United States and at the same time good relations with China. I deeply believe that Croatia, as a small country, can create its own unique story. ”

The Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Singapore, H.E. Mr. Nebojsa Koharovic participated in the promotion of the book online and shared his vision of the rule of Lee Kuan Yew. “Singapore is so successful because regional significance has been established and the revival of that part of Asia has been initiated,” said Ambassador Koharović.

“Lee Kuan Yew wrote memoirs to show that the whole development of Singapore did not come by chance. He devoted himself to us perhaps unimportant things. He was systematic. He carefully planned his every step and the book clearly shows the elements of a modern leader who with his team managed to create Singapore as a successful modern state as we know it today. After resigning from the post of Prime Minister and leaving the leadership to the younger generations, he caused great respect among the people, “said Minister Malenica in one of his allegations.

Lee Kuan Yew also paid great attention to education. He invested in the education of his people at the world’s best universities and applied their acquired knowledge in the development of public administration, the economy, and the education system. The Zagreb School of Economics and Management works closely with universities in Singapore, which gives students the opportunity for student exchange and brings students from Singapore to study at ZSEM.

At the very end of the event, Minister Malenica congratulated the dean Mato Njavro, Ph.D., and the President of the Board Đuro Njavro, Ph.D. on the successful management of the Zagreb School of Economics and Management.

Book Launch at ZSEM - From Third World to First: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew