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Bottomline - 40 years of top business stories in BT

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From left (back row), Mr Wong, Mr Gupte and Mr Lim with the BT Budding Artists at the launch of Bottomline on Wednesday. The proceeds from the sale of the book, which is priced at S$40 per copy, will be donated to The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.

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THE Business Times (BT) marked four decades of reporting Singapore business with the launch of its 40th anniversary book at 10 Square@Orchard Central on Monday.

Titled Bottomline, the 280-page collection compiles the biggest stories the newspaper covered for each year of its existence. BT celebrated its 40th anniversary last year.

"This is a very meaningful project for all of us at The Business Times. First, it celebrates 40 years of reporting Singapore business, and the stories in the book highlight not just the work of BT journalists through the years but also the fascinating story of Singapore's development as a financial hub," said BT editor Wong Wei Kong. "Also, the project supports The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT-BAF), which, since 2004, has worked to uplift children and youths through arts education."

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The production of the book was sponsored by Citi Singapore. "We thank Citi for supporting the project, and for being a long-time supporter of the BT-BAF," added Mr Wong.

Amol Gupte, Citi Country Officer for Singapore and head of Asean, described the book as a "rapid fire history of Singapore" with many celebratory moments as well as instances of grief.

The launch started with a short performance by children from the BT-BAF, singing Justin Timberlake's hit Can't Stop The Music. The fund was established in 2004 to provide young people with challenged backgrounds with the opportunity of an arts education.

Book editor Kenneth Lim said what had initially seemed a straightforward task turned out otherwise, and he had to recruit the help of colleagues to complete the mammoth project. The team had the arduous task of looking through 40 years' worth of BT stories, and even manually typed out old stories which were not digitally archived.

"I had to recruit a whole bunch of people in the newsroom and they kind of made it happen which goes to show you that a small idea can spread a lot of pain to a lot of people," quipped Mr Lim.

Despite the hard work, he expressed his delight to have worked on the book, noting that he has gained an appreciation and a better understanding of the business scene in Singapore. The intimate event was attended by BT readers, current and former BT journalists, and Citi staff.

All proceeds from the sale of the book, priced at S$40 per copy, will be donated to the BT-BAF. For more information on purchasing the book, please email btclub@sph.com.sg.

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