LG (Ret) Winston Choo Wee Leong was former Aide-de-Camp to President Yusof bin Ishak and also Singapore’s first Chief of Defence Force. After his retirement from the Singapore Armed Forces in 1992, he served as Singapore’s High Commissioner to Australia until 1997. He was also Chairman of the Singapore Red Cross Society for 12 years.
John K. Corner is the son of the late Edred John Henry (EJH) Corner, the Assistant Director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens from 1926 to 1946. His interview covers his father’s career in Singapore, including the Japanese Occupation period in which his father was accused of being a Japanese collaborator. John also described his godfather William Birtwhistle, who was the Director of Fisheries in Singapore, as well as Eric Holtum, Director of the Botanic Gardens.
At the time of interview in 2009, horticulturalist Rasidah Zali had been working at the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) for 32 years. Her father and grandfather had been staff of the SBG, and ;Rasidah herself had been born in the SBG’s workers quarters in 1958. In her interview, she talks about her fulfilling career at the SBG, her experiences growing up and living at the Gardens’ workers’ quarters, and changes to the Gardens over the years.
TAY Teow Kiat, recipient of the 1993 Cultural Medallion Award (Music), was interviewed in 2010 about his childhood, the development of his love for music and his music career. Amongst the positions held by Mr Tay in his career were President of Singapore Chinese Instrumental Music Association and Music Director of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts City Chinese Orchestra.
Mdm Tham Yew Chin (pen name You Jin 尤今) was interviewed for the project on the development of Singapore’s Chinese literary scene. She was a teacher and a renowned writer who has published more than 150 books in Singapore, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Ambassador K. KESAVAPANY, Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) was interviewed in 2010. He shared his career history starting out as an administrative officer with the Ministry of Labour in 1967 and his recollections of International Labour Organization meetings at Geneva. During his lengthy tenure at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1973-2002), he spent time at various directorates, including Policy, Planning and Analysis Directorate II, and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Directorate.