Puan Noor Aishah, Singapore’s First Lady

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Puan Noor Aishah, Singapore's First Lady
Author: Kevin YL Tan
Publish: 2017
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9789814642989
Pages: 186
Language: English

Puan Noor Aishah, Singapore’s First Lady

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Noor Aishah Mohammad Salim was all of 26 years old when she became Singapore’s first First Lady in 1959 as the wife of Yusof Ishak, Singapore’s Yang di-Pertuan Negara and later first President. Puan Noor Aishah: Singapore’s First Lady tells the story of how this shy, quiet girl who grew up in Penang was catapulted into the public limelight and into the role of ‘mother’ to a new state and nascent nation.

Filled with a wealth of archival and private photographs, many of which have never been published before , Puan Noor Aishah: Singapore’s First Lady traces the lives of both Yusof Ishak and Noor Aishah: from their younger days before and after the Second World War, to their first meeting in 1949, their happily married life in Kuala Lumpur, and then Yusof Ishak’s call to duty in 1959, when he became Singapore’s Head of State — and Noor
Aishah became the first First Lady.

Not naturally predisposed to socialising, Noor Aishah had not been prepared nor groomed for a role in public service, but no one could have guessed. She learnt quickly, instinctively understood what was required of her and set the tone for all First Ladies to come. Her warm and sincere personality endeared her to all who came into contact with her, and before long, she became the epitome of all that was good and gracious in Singaporean public life.

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Kevin YL Tan is a leading scholar of Singapore's constitution and has written and edited over 30 books on the law, politics and history of Singapore. He is currently Adjunct Professor at both the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. He is also Executive Editor of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law and Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Yearbook of International Law.

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