The encyclopedia was launched on 11 September 2006. Why they chose this date, I do not know. Maybe it is because it was a memorable date. I read somewhere that the launch was timed to coincide with the IMF/World Bank meetings. It was hoped that every delegate could
I heard that the encyclopedia was sold out at several bookshops only a few days after the launch. Indeed, when I checked with Popular Books in Eastpoint this morning, they had run out of stocks. This evening, I popped into MPH at Parkway Parade. They still had some stocks, but not much:
Moreover MPH offered only a 20% discount.
You may be wondering why I am so interested in this encyclopedia. The answer is in Pg 119 of the book:
The encyclopedia is proof that our society has opened up quite a lot over the years. We are no longer so "conservative or even close to Victorian", as BG George Yeo claimed us to be. Besides showcasing Singapore's many achievements of being first in many areas, we are also not shameful to show the warts as well. The fact that Annabel Chong, Adrian Lim and Michael Fay earned separate entries in the encyclopedia showed that the documentation of the facts is balanced. That, I feel, is certainly a good thing.