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Gahmen Agencies and More Have Been Misspelling “Yusof Ishak” Since the 1970s!

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but a former president spelled any other way will make Singaporeans pretty angry!

That’s what’s getting our goat now, over the recent embarrassing mistake involving SG50 commemorative notes, where Singapore’s first president Yusof Ishak’s name was misspelled not once, but TWICE in the packaging.

Ah, but “Yusok Ishak” has been around way longer in Singapore’s annals longer than you think.

And that’s because from the media to government agencies such as the Ministry of Education (horrors!), the National Library Board and even the army have gotten it wrong.

For instance, all the way back in 1977 when New Nation wasn’t some satirical website but an actual newspaper….

If you think that’s bad, the National Archives of Singapore still has Mr Yusof Ishak’s name spelled wrongly in several entries… till today!

Ok lah, give chance a bit since they’re not known to be the nation’s “decisive force”. But Singapore’s real decisive force went and decided not to copy-edit their publications properly, which resulted in this:

No prizes for guessing who was the Chief of Army at that time…

But enough of the Men in Green. Let’s get back to the misspellings, starting with the Ministry of Education, which is tasked with moulding the future of our nation.

And least but definitely not last, the National Library board’s gaffe!

We can’t wait to see what happens if anyone dares spell our first prime minister’s name wrongly.

Hint: it rhymes with “hairy”.



  1. Johnny Wee Lai Seng

    August 21, 2015 at 10:16 am

    SG 50 Singaporeans celebrates with much interest.
    Politicians groaning with critical pains before the coming generation election by the Opposition and Rulling Camp and a few resigns not to contest in the coming elections.
    Shits pouring against one another through medias and internets trolls.
    I wonder what’s the real reason behind all this happening before the general ekection.

  2. Andrew Chen

    August 21, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Just imagine the hoohaa the PAP would have created had this been a mistake made by an Opposition party; it would have been reported as the “crime” of our generation.

  3. Opportunists

    August 23, 2015 at 3:55 am

    So were they serious in honoring him? I don’t think they do! They are more interested in worshipping the obverse note?

    Hippocrites n opportunists!

  4. Muhd Sufian

    August 23, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Dear Muhd Sufian

    Thank you for your feedback.

    I can understand your disappointment. I too am disappointed. My staff who worked hard to design and produce the folders are deeply disappointed that they did not spot the misspelling of Mr Yusof Ishak’s name. We did the proof-reading but failed to spot the error. It’s not the printer’s fault. It is ours. And we are working hard to rectify the error.

    The stickers are only a temporary solution. The permanent solution is to reprint new folders with the correct spelling of Mr Yusof Ishak’s name – which we have announced on 21 Aug that we will do. But it will take a few months for the new folders to arrive. In the meantime, we do not want to hold back the distribution of the SG50 commemorative notes and folders which are highly sought after by Singaporeans. But MAS cannot knowingly continue to distribute folders with the wrong spelling of Mr Yusof Ishak’s name. That is why we have arranged for stickers to be affixed on the wrongly spelt name from 25 Aug (Tue) onwards. All those who have taken the current folders (with or without stickers) will be able to exchange them for the new folders when they arrive.

    What happened is most unfortunate. We are deeply sorry and seek your understanding. We hope that you and other Singaporeans will like the SG50 commemorative notes.

    Yours sincerely,
    Ravi Menon
    Managing Director,
    Monetary Authority of Singapore

  5. Anon

    August 24, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Not being racist but it’s obvious that those misspells are from Chinese author because us Malay know that there’s no such Malay name(Yusok) or it’s a rare name. Also seems like no knowledge whatsoever tell me how can you not notice the misspell or could it be auto correct which I think is impossible unless its Tony tan to Sony tan. So some respect its our fucking first president asshole

  6. Fandy

    August 25, 2015 at 12:50 am

    That is the reason why I didn’t queue for the sought after mistake. What happen to the maker and checker process that should/ are in place? I cannot imagine if it was LKY’s name that is involved. Somebody would definitely be sued and no excused tolerated……

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