By Guan Heng Tan
“In tracing the careers of those different humans . . . tantalising snippets of nationwide historical past are mentioned in short charges from their lives. those on my own make the booklet a desirable learn . . . past background, a hundred Inspiring Rafflesians is an inspirational publication approximately making anything of your personal lifestyles. even if your aspirations are humble or increased, no matter if you're from an easy or advantaged heritage, the message in every one of many tales inside of is identical: you may make your personal success.” Vita variation This enlightening e-book describes the lives and achievements of eminent Rafflesians from Raffles establishment, Raffles women' institution and Raffles Junior university, a lot of whom have served within the Singapore public and group provider within the maximum positions. The biographies include little recognized evidence of curiosity, that have been adorned with own anecdotes received from these interviewed. The e-book additionally represents a courageous venture by means of a visually handicapped individual, who's himself a Rafflesian.
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Indd 18 11/16/2007 5:40:37 PM Edmund William Barker 19 Eddy as the Chairman of the Singapore National Olympic Committee, an appointment he held for many years. A good musician, he played the trumpet in the Raﬄes Cadet Band and he also played the guitar very well. Sometimes, he played it at functions organised by former Members of Parliament. As a Cabinet colleague, he was a good minister and got on well with all his colleagues, particularly with Lee Kuan Yew, and with his sense of humour, he often created laughter during Cabinet meetings.
The 1950s were the golden years of Singapore football and the awesome trio of Chia Boon Leong, Awang Bakar and Aw Boon Seong spearheaded the Colony into the Malaya Cup Finals ﬁve times. Singapore was champion for three consecutive years from 1950–1952. indd 35 11/16/2007 5:40:40 PM 36 100 Inspiring Rafﬂesians and was awarded a training course in Physical Education and with Arsenal. His decision to hang up his boots at the age of 30 surprised and disappointed his many fans. “I could have played for a few years more.
I try to make a diﬀerence. ” His philosophy in life can be summed up by one of his favourite aphorisms. indd 34 11/16/2007 5:40:40 PM Twinkletoes Chia Boon Leong Chia Boon Leong was born on New Year’s Day in 1925. Only 5 foot 3 inches tall, this 80-yearold maestro is a legend in Singapore’s football. He holds the double distinction of representing China in the 1948 Olympic Games in London and being a member of the victorious Singapore team which won the Malaya Cup 1950–1952. As a boy, Chia learned to play football with the other kampong boys in Pasir Panjang, by kicking a tennis ball.