SINGAPORE: The Bill to amend the name of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) to the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute was put forward for second reading in Parliament by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday (Jul 14).
ISEAS was established by the Government in 1968 to fill a “vital need for a deeper understanding of the region”, Mr Heng said, adding that it has grown to be a reputable research centre and think tank dedicated to the study of socio-political, security and economic developments in South-East Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment.
On the proposed renaming, the minister said: “We are proud to have ISEAS bear Mr Yusof Ishak’s name. Mr Yusof was one of Singapore’s pioneering leaders in his role as the Yang di Pertuan Negara and the first President of Singapore.
“His contributions, along with those of early Malay pioneers such as Mr Othman Wok, were critical to the success of our then-fledging nation-state, and continue to be a source of pride for our Malay community and our nation today.
“His convictions and life’s work resonate strongly with ISEAS’s foundational tenets, and it is befitting that his name will be borne by ISEAS,” Mr Heng added.
Key clauses in the Bill will address the following:
- Clauses 2 to 5 and Clauses 12 to 14 will effect the renaming of the institute, and these clauses will come into effect on Aug 12, 2015 – the 105th anniversary of Mr Yusof’s birth.
- Clauses 6 streamlines the composition of the ISEAS Board from 22 to 15 members, and updates appointment authorities for the Board.
- Clause 11 also introduces new sections to protect…