'A president for all Singaporeans'

TRIBUTE: File photo of Singapore's first president Yusof Ishak and his wife, Puan Noor Aishah.
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Son of S'pore first President: Yes, I taught PM Lee to ride a bike

At his National Day Rally speech on Sunday, PM Lee Hsien Loong reminisced about how the son of Singapore's first President, Mr Yusof Ishak, taught him how to ride a bike. Dr Imran Yusof Ishak speaks to The New Paper about those days at the Istana and of his late father

SEND-OFF: At the funeral of President Yusof Ishak, on Nov 24, 1970.
Dr Imran (front, in glasses) with former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew walking behind.

Yes, I do remember teaching a young Lee Hsien Loong to ride a bike.

And I will never forget the great sacrifices my father made as Singapore's first Yang di-Pertuan Negara (Head of State).

That is what Dr Imran Yusof Ishak said in a recent telephone interview with The New Paper.

Dr Imran - who has been living in Brunei for the last 13 years - recounted his childhood days with great relish.

Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew and Mr Yusof Ishak were friends, he said. Mr Lee used to bring his family to the Istana for visits on occasion.

Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 23. Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop.

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DPP: Serina Wee's firm created to hide CHC-Xtron link

Prosecution says Serina Wee's accounting firm meant to hide CHC channelling funds to Xtron

ACCUSED: (From left) Finance manager Sharon Tan and former finance manager Serina Wee.
"Very often in our church I’m like the invisible patron of many of the organisations because of their love and honour for me as their pastor. " - Kong Hee

Serina Wee had wanted to set up her own accounting firm.

So City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee claimed he let her go even though her accounting services were important to the church and music production firm Xtron.

But, asserted the prosecution yesterday, Wee's firm, Advante Consulting, was meant to create a "perception of separation" between CHC and Xtron.

And it was to hide the fact that the megachurch was channelling its building fund to Xtron for its Crossover Project, said the prosecution.

Kong, Wee and four other CHC leaders are accused of misusing more than $50 million of church funds.

The trial continues on Monday.

Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 23. Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop.

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