People's Action Party

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People's Action Party
Malay nameParti Tindakan Rakyat
Chinese name人民行动党
Rénmín Xíngdòngdǎng
Tamil nameமக்கள் செயல் கட்சி
Makkaḷ Ceyal Kaṭci
AbbreviationPAP
LeaderLee Hsien Loong
ChairmanGan Kim Yong
Secretary-GeneralLee Hsien Loong
Vice ChairmanMasagos Zulkifli
Assistant Secretaries-GeneralHeng Swee Keat (First)
Chan Chun Sing (Second)
Founders
Founded21 November 1954; 66 years ago (1954-11-21)
Preceded byMalayan Forum
HeadquartersPCF Building 57B New Upper Changi Road #01-1402 Singapore 463057
Youth wingYoung PAP
IdeologyConservatism[1]
Social conservatism[2]
National conservatism[3]
Economic liberalism[4]
Civic nationalism[5][6]
Multiracialism
Secularism[7]
Political positionCentre-right[8]
Colours     White      Red      Blue
Slogan"Our lives, our jobs, our future"
Parliament
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Website
pap.org.sg

The People's Action Party (PAP) is a large centre-right political party in Singapore.[8] It is one of two main parties in the Parliament of Singapore, with the other being the Workers' Party.[9][10] It was started in 1954 and supported Singapore being independent from Malaysia. It has been in charge of Singapore since the 1959 general election.[11]

Leadership[change | change source]

The current chairman of the PAP is Gan Kim Yong. The current secretary general is the current Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong.[12]

List of Chairpersons[change | change source]

Portrait Name
(birth– death)
Term of office Time in office
Toh Chin Chye
杜进才Dù Jìn Cái
(10 December 1921 – 3 February 2012)
21 November 1954 5 January 1981 26 years, 45 days
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Ong Teng Cheong
王鼎昌Wáng Dǐng Chāng
(22 January 1936 – 8 February 2002)
5 January 1981 16 August 1993
12 years, 223 days
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Tony Tan Keng Yam
陈庆炎Chén Qìng Yán
(born 7 February 1940)
1 September 1993 3 December 2004 11 years, 93 days
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Lim Boon Heng
林文兴Lín Wén Xìng
(born 18 November 1947)
3 December 2004 1 June 2011 6 years, 180 days
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Khaw Boon Wan
许文远Xǔ Wén Yuǎn
(born 8 December 1952)
1 June 2011 23 November 2018 7 years, 175 days
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Gan Kim Yong
颜金勇Yán Jīn Yǒng
(born 9 February 1959)
23 November 2018 Incumbent 2 years, 96 days

List of Secretaries-General[change | change source]

Portrait Name
(birth–death)
Term of office Time in office
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Lee Kuan Yew
李光耀Lǐ Guāng Yào
(16 September 1923 – 23 March 2015)
21 November 1954 15 November 1992[13] 37 years, 360 days
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Goh Chok Tong
吴作栋Wú Zuò Dòng
(born 20 May 1941)
15 November 1992[13] 3 December 2004 12 years, 18 days
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Lee Hsien Loong
李显龙Lǐ Xiǎn Lóng
(born 10 February 1952)
3 December 2004 Incumbent 16 years, 86 days

References[change | change source]

  1. Goldblatt, David (2005). Governance in the Asia-Pacific. Routledge. p. 293.
  2. Tan, Kenneth Paul (2016). Governing Global-City Singapore. Taylor & Francis. p. 91.
  3. Berger, Mark (2014). Rethinking the Third World. Macmillan. p. 98.
  4. Kuah-Pearce, Khun Eng (2010). Rebuilding the Ancestral Village. Hong Kong University Press. p. 37.
  5. Lim, Benny (18 January 2017). "Nation building reboot needed". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 14 November 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. Singh, Bilveer (2017). Understanding Singapore Politics. World Scientific Publishing Company. p. 36.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Diane K. Mauzy and R.S. Milne (2002). Singapore Politics Under the People's Action Party. Routledge. p. 147. ISBN 0-415-24653-9.
  9. Rodan, Gary. "The Internet and Political Control in Singapore" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 February 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  10. Reyes, Sebastian (29 September 2015). "Singapore's Stubborn Authoritarianism | Harvard Political Review". Harvard Political Review. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  11. "A History of Singapore: Lion City, Asian Tiger". Discovery Channel. 2005.
  12. "PAP's new CEC". People's Action Party. Archived from the original on 29 April 2019. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "People's Action Party". Singapore Elections. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 9 April 2020.