Inche Yusof bin Ishak was formally installed as Singapore's Yang di-Pertuan Negara at the City Hall in 1959. The new Head of State had come a long way since his birth in 1910 at Taiping in the state of Perak (Federated Malay States). Like numerous other political and national leaders of early independent Singapore, his pathway from Malaya to Singapore underlined the close geographic and social relations between the island and the peninsular.
Under a transitional arrangement, the last Governor of Singapore, Sir William Allmond Codrington Goode, served as the first Yang di-Pertuan Negara from June 3, 1959, to December 3, 1959. He was succeeded by Yusof bin Ishak, who was sworn into office on the same day as the country's national flag, coat of arms, and national anthem were adopted.
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