Tribute To Dr Goh Keng Swee

Much has been written about Dr Goh Keng Swee's role as one of the nation's founding fathers. Without him, the Singapore of today would not exist. Without him too, today's Jurong would not exist.

Dr Goh Keng Swee

Soon after Dr Goh became our first Finance Minister in 1959, he put his attention to jump-starting the stagnant economy.  He decided that trading activities could no longer provide the jobs needed for Singapore’s growing population and that Singapore must embark on rapid industrialisation. The key to this was an ambitious project to transform the swamps, jungles and small fishing villages of Jurong into a modern industrial estate.  Dr Goh saw this as “an act of faith in the people of Singapore”. 

It was Dr Goh's vision and political determination to push through the Jurong Industrial Estate project in the face of much public scepticism and criticism that was decisive in transforming Jurong into a large and thriving industrial complex, equipped with efficient and modern infrastructure and facilities capable of attracting numerous investors, and providing jobs, incomes and homes to many Singaporeans.

Please click here to find out more about Dr Goh Keng Swee's role in the making of Jurong.