Yusof bin Ishak
|Yusof bin Ishak|
|1st President of Singapore|
9 August 1965 (retroactive) – 23 November 1970
|Prime Minister||Lee Kuan Yew (1959–1990)|
|Preceded by||Newly-created post
(he was previously Yang di-Pertuan Negara of Singapore)
|Succeeded by||Benjamin Henry Sheares|
|2nd Yang di-Pertuan Negara of Singapore|
3 December 1959 – 9 August 1965 (retroactive)
|Preceded by||Sir William Allmond Codrington Goode|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Born||12 August 1910
Perak, Federated Malay States (present day Malaysia)
|Died||23 November 1970
|Resting place||Kranji State Cemetery|
|Alma mater||Primary school: Victoria Bridge School
Secondary school: Raffles Institution
Yusof bin Ishak (Jawi: يوسف بن اسحاق ;/ / YUUSS-off bin ISS-hahk; 12 August 1910 – 23 November 1970) was the first President of Singapore, serving from 1965 to 1970. His portrait appears on the Singapore Portrait Series currency notes introduced in 1999.
Born on 12 August 1910 in Trong, Taiping, Perak Darul Ridzuan, which was then part of the Federated Malay States (present day Malaysia), Yusof was the descendant of prominent Sumatran Malay Datuk Jannatun who migrated to Penang in 1759.
He first served as Yang di-Pertuan Negara (head of state) between 1959 and 1965, remaining in office during the time that Singapore was part of the Federation of Malaysia between 1963 and 1965. Following Singapore's departure from Malaysia in 1965, he served as the first President of the Republic until his death in 1970.
Yusof is buried at Kranji State Cemetery.
Awards and Honours
- Darjah Utama Temasek, 1st Class
- Seri Maharaja Mangku Negara (Malaysia)
- Darjah Kerabat Mahkota Brunei, 1st Class
- Yusof Ishak Secondary School – a Secondary School in Singapore named in his honour.
|About Yusof bin Ishak|
- "Yusof Ishak". ISTANA Singapore : Office of the President of the Republic of Singapore, Government of Singapore. 2006-04-28. Retrieved 2007-09-20.
Sir William Allmond Codrington Goode
|Yang di-Pertuan Negara of Singapore
|President of Singapore
Benjamin Henry Sheares