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Yusof Ishak: The Presidents of Singapore


Edmund Lim WK




Every time we use a Singapore bank note, we see his face – the face of Yusof Ishak, the first President of Singapore. But did you know that he had to overcome challenges in his life and was also a champion in sports such as weightlifting and boxing?


And not many people know that when he got married, in 1949, he and his wife lived in a kampung house with no electricity – the couple used kerosene lamps for light.


This book, which is targeted at upper primary and lower secondary pupils, will make this icon of Singapore come alive. It is suitable for anyone who wants an overview of the life and background of the first President of Singapore.