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    Oct 10, 2014

    Out: Book on communist threat in 1961

    EXPOSING the communist threat and their goal to capture power in self-governing Singapore lies at the heart of 12 radio broadcasts aired in 1961 by then prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

    Those speeches, which were compiled and originally published in 1962, have been reissued as a book that was launched yesterday.

    The reprint of The Battle For Merger will shed light on a critical period in Singapore's history. It "provides a reality check" to recent attempts by historians to recast the role played by communists and their supporters on the issue, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said in a speech at the reprint's launch at the National Library.

    The reprint has new material, including a four-page foreword by Mr Lee.

    The book, published by the National Archives of Singapore and Straits Times Press, will be sold at major bookshops at $32.50 before GST. It will also be available at public libraries.