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Yusof Bin Ishak


  • Have you demonstrated any of the qualities that Yusof Ishak had?
  • How can you try to emulate Yusof Ishak?


Quiz Questions

(1)  What achievements did he earn as a member of the National Cadet Corp?

(2)  Which magazine did Yusof Ishak first work for when he started his career as a journalist?

(3)  What happened to the Utusan Melayu during the Japanese Occupation?

(4)  Why did Yusof bin Ishak resigned from the newspaper in 1959?

(5)  He became the chancellor of which University in 1965?


Answers can be found later in the page

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More interesting facts


Yusof Ishak excelled in both the academic and extra-curricular fields.

  • He scored distinctions in both the 1927 Cambridge School Certificate and in the Senior Cambridge Examinations.
  • He was admitted into the prestigious Queen’s Scholarship Class at RI, a group of only 13 and he was the only Malay.

Excelled in extra-curricular fields.

  • Outside the classroom, Yusof was a school athlete, representing RI in many games including hockey, cricket, swimming, water polo, basketball, boxing and weightlifting. 
  • He emerged champion in boxing, winning the Aw Boon Par cup in 1932, and weightlifting, becoming the national lightweight champion in 1933. 
  • Away from the court, Yusof Ishak was the co-editor of Rafflesian , and a prefect.
  • He was the first student in the history of the National Cadet Corps to be made a Second Lieutenant.


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This picture was taken during a visit by President Yusof Ishak to the Jurong Industrial Estate in the 1960s, and reflects the President’s avid interest in photography. (Taken from http://www.a2o.com.sg/a2o/public/html/etc/09_PuanNoorAishah.htm)


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H.E. The Yang Di-Pertuan Negara , Inche Yusof Bin Ishak installed as chancellor of the University of Singapore at Victoria Theatre on 26 th Nov 1965


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President Yusof Ishak inspecting Guard of Honour at opening of Singapore’s Parliament 1965


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President Yusof Ishak enjoying a moment with Ong Cheng Mui and Yatim bin Ibrahim, two of the children attending the Singapore Leprosy Relief Association’s Christmas party at Trafalgar Home