Singapore misspells first president's name in commemoration (dpa German Press Agency)
Singapore (dpa) – The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will
reprint folders accompanying newly-launched Golden Jubilee
commemorative bank notes after it was found that they bore the
misspelt name of the country’s first president, local media reported
A set of commemorative notes celebrating Singapore’s 50th anniversary
of independence – also known as SG50 – were launched on Thursday, but
Singaporeans who queued to obtain a set were shocked to find that the
name of president Yusof Ishak had been misspelled as “Yusok Ishak” in
the folders that accompanied the notes.
MAS yesterday issued an apology, with managing director Ravi Menon
assuming full responsibility. Menon had said that stickers would be
made available from August 25 to correct the mistake, but the MAS
announced Friday that new folders would also be produced.
“This will correct the misspelling of our first President Yusof
Ishak’s name in the current folder. It will also replenish the
current stock of folders which are being taken up much faster than
expected,” local news website TODAYonline reported an MAS
A total of 20 million commemorative 50-dollar notes are being
printed, as well as 15 million each of 5- and 10-dollar notes. Some
2.8 million folders – presumably all with the misspelt name – had
also been sponsored by nine participating banks.