|His Excellency Tun
DUT (First Class) SMN
|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||Yusof bin Ishak
12 August 1910
Terong, Taiping, Perak, Federated Malay States
|Died||23 November 1970
|Resting place||Kranji State Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Toh Puan Noor Aishah|
Primary school: Victoria Bridge School
Tun Yusof bin Ishak (Jawi: يوسف بن اسحاق ;/ / YUUSS-off bin ISS-hahk; DUT (First Class),SMN 12 August 1910 – 23 November 1970) was a Singaporean politician and 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 Terong, 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. Yusof Ishak Secondary School is named after the late President, while he is also represented on legal tender currencies of Singapore. On 2014, Yusof has a Wax figure at Madame Tussauds Singapore (wax museum).
The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) was officially renamed in August 2015 as the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, so its name will call to mind Yusof’s “vision of equality, justice, harmony and strength amid diversity”.
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.
- Masjid Yusof Ishak - a new mosque located in Woodlands named in his honour.
|Library resources about
- "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