Tembusu College would like to congratulate our dear Rector, Prof Koh, on the advent of his new book

November 11, 2017

Tommy Koh - Serving Singapore and the World is now available at all major bookstores, including Book Haven in UTown

Photos were taken at the book launch on 11 Nov 2017. Courtesy of NUS Institute of Policy Studies.


The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.