The Straits Times: He chose to stay, thus convincing other Malays

The Straits Times featured ISEAS Fellow, Dr Norshahril’s monograph on “Yusof Ishak: Singapore’s First President” published on 13 August 2015.

Excerpts from the article:

“Had he left for Malaysia, like many other Malay elites at that time, many other Malays would have followed suit on seeing that their Yang di-Pertuan Negara no longer trusted the Singapore system,” wrote Dr Norshahril.”

“In the book, he also seeks to debunk the myth that Mr Yusof, who started Malay newspaper Utusan Melayu, was a “Malay chauvinist”. Dr Norshahril explained that Mr Yusof “was not struggling for Malays because he was a Malay”. “He just wanted equality.”  

Read the full article here.