Yusof Bin Ishak

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Birthday
12, 1910
Birthplace
Malaysia
Death Date
Nov 23, 1970 (60)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
12, 1910
Birthplace
Malaysia
Death Date
Nov 23, 1970 (60)

About

From 1965 until his death in 1970, he served as the first President of Singapore. Also notable as a journalist, he established a Malay-language newspaper titled Utusan Melayu.

Before Fame

Before heading the then-newly-formed Republic of Singapore, he served in the Singapore National Cadet Corps and held office as Head of State of Malaysian-controlled Singapore.

Trivia

In his youth, he was educated at the Victoria Bridge School and the Raffles Institution.

Family Life

Born to a Malay mother and a Minangkabau father, he grew up with a younger brother (freedom fighter Aziz Ishak) in Terong, Federated Malay States (located in modern-day Malaysia). His wife was Toh Puan Noor Aishah.

Associated With

While bin Ishak held office as President of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew served as the country's Prime Minister.