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People's Action Party

People's Action Party
Parti Tindakan Rakyat
人民行动党
Rénmín Xíngdòngdǎng
மக்கள் செயல் கட்சி
Makkaḷ Ceyal Kaṭci
Chairman Khaw Boon Wan
Secretary-General Lee Hsien Loong
Deputy Chairman Yaacob Ibrahim
Vice Chairman Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Founder Lee Kuan Yew
Founded 21 November 1954; 62 years ago (1954-11-21)
Headquarters PCF Building
57B New Upper Changi Road
#01-1402
Singapore 463057
Youth wing Young PAP
Membership  (2000) Increase 632,060
Ideology Third Way
Multiracialism
Economic liberalism
Cultural conservatism

Secularism
Political position Centre-right
International affiliation None
Colours White, Blue, Red
Parliament
83 / 101
Website
www.pap.org.sg

The People's Action Party (abbrev: PAP) is a centre-rightpolitical party in Singapore. Having been the country's ruling party since 1959, it is Singapore's longest-ruling party.

Since the 1959 general elections, the PAP has dominated Singapore's parliamentary democracy and has been central to the city-state's rapid political, social, and economic development. In the 2015 Singapore general election, the PAP won 83 of the 89 constituency elected seats in the Parliament of Singapore, representing 69.86% of total votes cast.

The PAP was formed on 21 November 1954 by Lee Kuan Yew, an English-educated middle-class professional lawyer who had returned from university education in the United Kingdom. He had a vision of full independence for Singapore, and was joined by Lim Chin Siong and Fong Swee Suan despite their ideological differences.

In April 1955, Lim Chin Siong was elected as Assemblyman for the Bukit Timah constituency. Then 22 years old, he was and remained the youngest Assemblyman ever to be elected to office. The following year, Lim and Lee represented the PAP at the London Constitutional Talks, which ended in failure: the British declined to grant Singapore internal self-government. On 7 June 1956, David Marshall, disappointed with the constitutional talks, stepped down as Chief Minister, and was replaced by Lim Yew Hock.

Lee Kuan Yew eventually accused Lim Chin Siong and his supporters of being Communists, though declassified British government documents later suggested that no evidence was ever found that Lim was a Communist.


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