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History of Singapore: First Singaporean President Yusof Ishak - 1,910 AD

Jakarta (PerpustakaanTanahImpian) - Encik Yusof bin Ishak (12 August 1910 - 23 September 1970) was the first President of Singapore. He was born in Padang Gajah, Trong, approximately 18 stones from Taiping, Perak. His father, a descendant of the Minangkabau, came from West Sumatra and his mother from Langkat. They emigrated to Pulau Pinang and after that to Perak, Malaysia.

Encik Yusof is the eldest child in a family of 9 people. His father, Encik Ishak bin Ahmad, was the Director of Fisheries of the Straits and Allied Malay Countries. Encik Yusof received his initial education at a Malay school in Kuala Kurau, Perak. Two years later, he was transferred to the Malay School in Taiping and in 1921, began teaching in English streams at King Edward VII School, Taiping.

In 1923, his father was stationed in Singapore. Encik Yusof followed his family and continued his studies at Victoria Bridge School until December 1923.

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