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Straits Times Press launches OB Markers - My Straits Times Story by Cheong Yip Seng

Four new titles to be published by book publishing subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings

Singapore, 19 October, 2012 
– Straits Times Press, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), launched a new book today titled OB Markers - My Straits Times Story. Written by Cheong Yip Seng, a former Editor-in-Chief of the English and Malay Newspapers Division at SPH, this book is the first of four new titles that the publisher will be launching from now till 10 November. 

The four titles are: 
OB Markers - My Straits Times Story by Cheong Yip Seng
My 1000 Days Ordeal by Ching Cheong (Available in both English and Simplified Chinese editions) 
Asian Larder by Sylvia Tan
Ask the Foodie by Christopher Tan

OB Markers - My Straits Times Story, which hit bookstores today, was launched this afternoon at the SPH News Centre Auditorium. During the session jointly organised by Straits Times Press and the Singapore Press Club, the author engaged in a lively discussion with a panel comprising Rachel Chang, a journalist at The Straits Times and Patrick Daniel, Chairman of Straits Times Press and Editor-in-Chief, English and Malay Newspapers Division (EMND) at SPH. The launch concluded with an autograph session and reception. 

In an acknowledgement published in the book, Han Fook Kwang, former ST editor and currently EMND's managing editor, says: "Cheong Yip Seng influenced an entire generation of journalists at SPH ... His first-hand account of Singapore' brand of journalism, warts and all, is as close as you can ever get to the action from the man who was in the thick of it."

Cherian George, himself an author of "Freedom from the Press: Journalism and State Power in Singapore", describes Cheong's book as "a frank memoir". In his acknowledgement, he says: "Cheong Yip Seng occupied the hottest of hot seats in Singapore media under three prime ministers ... he reveals why the task of balancing professional and political pulls was both agonising and inescapable."

Three other books published by Straits Times Press will be launched during the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) from 2 to 11 November this year. 

My 1000 Days Ordeal by Ching Cheong, in both English and Simplified Chinese editions, will be launched on 3 November at the SWF and also available in bookstores. In his book, the author recounts crossing the border to Shenzhen for an investigation as a Straits Times correspondent, where he was subsequently accused of spying for Taiwan and detained in isolation for more than three months. 

He narrates in detail how he was physically coerced to confess his crime and the torturous circumstances under which he was compelled to write a “confession” of his alleged crime to make sure that he “had not gone to jail for nothing”. 

Asian Larder by Sylvia Tan will be launched on 9 November at the SWF. Sylvia is a newspaper food columnist and prolific food writer with nine cookbooks to her name. Before her full-time involvement in food writing, Sylvia was a newspaper journalist for more than 20 years. In Asian Larder, the author demystifies common and not-so-common ingredients found in a typical Asian kitchen. She describes the characteristics of some 130 Asian food products and uses 120 recipes that illustrate the use of these products. 

Following that, 
Ask The Foodie by Christopher Tan or Chris Tan as he is better known as, will be launched on 10 November. The title is a reference to his popular column in The Sunday Times which started in 2006. Ask The Foodie is a compilation of frequently asked questions and answers that have been reinforced by further experiments. 

Asian Larder
 and Ask The Foodie will be available in bookstores by 25 October. 

Patrick Daniel, Chairman of Straits Times Press, said: “We are pleased to launch these four titles as they are books with inspiring real-life accounts and rich with years of the authors’ experiences. I am sure they will be insightful and memorable reads for our readers.”



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Straits Times Press publishes History, Biographies/Memoirs, Politics, Culture, Food and Lifestyle books. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

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SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its second retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. SPH‘s latest retail development project, The Seletar Mall, is slated for completion by end 2014.