People's Action Party

The People's Action Party (abbreviation: PAP) is a major conservative centre-right[8] political party in Singapore and is one of the three contemporary political parties represented in parliament, alongside the Workers' Party (WP) and the Progress Singapore Party (PSP).[9][10]

People's Action Party
Malay nameParti Tindakan Rakyat
Chinese name人民行动党
Rénmín Xíngdòngdǎng
Tamil nameமக்கள் செயல் கட்சி
Makkaḷ Ceyal Kaṭci
ChairmanGan Kim Yong
Secretary-GeneralLee Hsien Loong
Vice ChairmanMasagos Zulkifli
Assistant Secretaries-General
  • Heng Swee Keat
  • Chan Chun Sing
  • Lee Kuan Yew
  • Lim Chin Siong
  • S. Rajaratnam
  • Toh Chin Chye
  • Lim Kim San
Founded21 November 1954 (1954-11-21)
Preceded byMalayan Forum
Succeeded byDemocratic Action Party (Malaysia)
HeadquartersPCF Building 57B New Upper Changi Road #01-1402 Singapore 463057
Youth wingYoung PAP
Social conservatism[2]
National conservatism[3]
Economic liberalism[4]
Civic nationalism[5][6]
Political positionCentre-right[8]
Colours  White   Red   Blue
Slogan"Our lives, our jobs, our future"
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Initially founded as a traditional centre-left party in 1954, the leftist faction was soon expelled from the party in 1961 by Lee Kuan Yew amid Singapore's merger with Malaysia, in his bid to move the party's ideology towards the centre after its first electoral victory in 1959.[11] Beginning in the 1960s, the party henceforth began to move towards the right.[12] Following the 1965 agreement which led to Singapore's exit from Malaysia, almost the entire opposition except for the WP boycotted the following elections in 1968 in response to their incredulity towards independence, thereafter allowing the PAP the opportunity to exercise a monopoly over its governance of national institutions.[13]

Between 1965 and 1981, the PAP was the only political force represented in parliament, until its first electoral defeat at a by-election in Anson, which saw the WP winning a seat. However, the PAP has not seen its hegemony effectively threatened and has always exceeded 60% of the votes and 80% of the seats in all subsequent elections to date. The PAP currently leads the longest party ruling uninterrupted among multiparty parliamentary democracies in the world at 62 years running as of 2021, as well as the second in history after Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party which led for 71 years.[14]

Positioned on the centre-right of Singaporean politics, the People Action Party is largely ideologically conservative. The party has generally adopted liberal economic policies—favouring free market economics but has at times engaged in state interventionism such as land reform, recollecting some of its history as a former leftist party. On social policy, it supports civic nationalism and communitarianism with a socially conservative approach. On foreign policy, it favours a strong military capability, serving as the guarantor of the country's continued independence due to its strategic position as a city-state.[15][16]

The PAP has dominated Singapore's politics and has been credited as being central to the city-state's rapid political, social and economic development.[17] Under their tenure, the city-state currently ranks the highest on the Human Development Index among Asian countries and the second highest GDP per capita in the world.[18] Singapore is also recognized as being one of the safest[19] as well as the least corrupt nations in the world.[20][21]


Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore and one of the founders of the People's Action Party

Lee Kuan Yew, Toh Chin Chye and Goh Keng Swee were involved in the Malayan Forum, a London-based student activist group that was against colonial rule in Malaya in the 1940s and early 1950s.[22][23] Upon returning to Singapore, the group met regularly to discuss approaches to attain independence in Malayan territories and started looking for like-minded individuals to start a political party. Journalist S. Rajaratnam was introduced to Lee by Goh.[24] Lee was also introduced to several English-educated left-wing students and Chinese-educated union and student leaders while working on the Fajar sedition trial and the National Service riot case.[25]


The PAP was officially registered as a political party on 21 November 1954. Convenors of the party include a group of trade unionists, lawyers and journalists such as Lee Kuan Yew, Abdul Samad Ismail, Toh Chin Chye, Devan Nair, S. Rajaratnam, Chan Chiaw Thor, Fong Swee Suan, Tann Wee Keng and Tann Wee Tiong.[26] The political party was led by Lee Kuan Yew as its secretary-general, with Toh Chin Chye as its founding chairman. Other party officers include Tann Wee Tiong, Lee Gek Seng, Ong Eng Guan and Tann Wee Keng.[27]

The PAP first contested the 1955 general election in which 25 of 32 seats in the legislature were up for election. In this election, the PAP's four candidates gained much support from the trade union members and student groups such as the University Socialist Club, who canvassed for them.[28] The party won three seats, one by its leader Lee Kuan Yew for the Tanjong Pagar division and one by PAP co-founder Lim Chin Siong for the Bukit Timah division.[29][30] Then 22 years old unionist Lim Chin Siong was and remained the youngest Assemblyman ever to be elected to office. The election was won by the Labour Front headed by David Marshall.[31]

In April 1956, Lim and Lee represented the PAP at the London Constitutional Talks along with Chief Minister David Marshall which ended in failure as the British declined to grant Singapore internal self-government. On 7 June 1956, Marshall, disappointed with the constitutional talks, stepped down as Chief Minister as he had pledged to do so earlier if self-governance was not achieved. He was replaced by Lim Yew Hock, another Labour Front member.[32] Lim pursued a largely anti-communist campaign and managed to convince the British to make a definite plan for self-government. The Constitution of Singapore was revised accordingly in 1958, replacing the Rendel Constitution with one that granted Singapore self-government and the ability for its own population to fully elect its Legislative Assembly.

PAP and left-wing members who were communists were criticised for inciting riots in the mid-1950s.[33][34] Lim Chin Siong, Fong Swee Suan and Devan Nair as well as several unionists were detained by the police after the Chinese middle schools riots.[35] Lim Chin Siong was placed under solitary confinement for close to a year, away from his other PAP colleagues, as they were placed in the Medium Security Prison (MSP) instead.[36]

The number of PAP members imprisoned rose in August 1957, when PAP members from the trade unions (viewed as "communist or pro-communist") won half the seats in the CEC. The "moderate" CEC members, including Lee Kuan Yew, Toh Chin Chye and others, refused to take their appointments in the CEC. Yew Hock's government again made a sweeping round of arrests, imprisoning all the "communist" members, before the "moderates" re-assumed their office.[37]

Following this, the PAP decided to re-assert ties with the labour faction of Singapore in the hope of securing the votes of working-class Chinese Singaporeans, many of whom were supporters of the jailed unionists. Lee Kuan Yew convinced the incarcerated union leaders to sign documents to state their support for the party and its policies, promising to release the jailed members of the PAP when the party came to power in the next elections.[38] Ex-Barisan Sosialis member Tan Jing Quee claims that Lee was secretly in collusion with the British to stop Lim Chin Siong and the labour supporters from attaining power because of their huge popularity. Quee also states that Lim Yew Hock deliberately provoked the students into rioting and then had the labour leaders arrested.[39] Greg Poulgrain of Griffiths University argued that "Lee Kuan Yew was secretly a party with Lim Yew Hock in urging the Colonial Secretary to impose the subversives ban in making it illegal for former political detainees to stand for election".[39] Lee Kuan Yew eventually accused Lim Chin Siong and his supporters of being communists working for the Communist United Front, but evidence of Lim being a communist cadre was a matter of debate as many documents have yet to be declassified.[40][41]

First years in government

The PAP eventually won the 1959 general election under Lee Kuan Yew's leadership.[42] The election was also the first one to produce a fully elected parliament and a cabinet wielding powers of full internal self-government. The party has won a majority of seats in every general election since then. Lee, who became the first Prime Minister,[43] requested for the release of the PAP left-wing members to form the new cabinet.[44]

Great Split of 1961

In 1961, disagreements on the proposed merger plan to form Malaysia and long-standing internal party power struggle led to the split of the left-wing group from the PAP.[45][46][47]

Although the "Communist" faction had been frozen out of ever taking over the PAP, other problems had begun to arise internally. Ong Eng Guan, the former Mayor of the City Council after PAP's victory in the 1957 Singapore City Council election, presented a set of "16 Resolutions" to revisit some issues previously explored by Chin Siong's faction of the PAP: abolishing the PPSO, revising the Constitution, and changing the method of selecting cadre members.[48]:82

Although Ong's 16 Resolutions originated from the left-wing faction led by Lim Chin Siong, that faction had only reluctantly asked the PAP leadership to clarify its position on them,[49] as they still thought that the party with Lee Kuan Yew at the helm was a better alternative than Ong who was regarded as mercurial and a tyrant.[36] However, Lee took the stance taken by the left-wing PAP members as a lack of confidence in his leadership. This issue caused a rift between the "moderate" PAP members (led by Lee) and the "left-wing" faction (led by Lim).

Ong was then expelled, and he resigned his Assembly seat to challenge the government to a by-election in Hong Lim in April 1961, where he won 73.3% of the vote.[50] This was despite the fact that Lee Kuan Yew had made a secret alliance with Fong Chong Pik, the leader of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM), to get the CPM cadres to support the PAP in the by-election.[49]

Barisan Sosialis

The breakaway group of members formed the Barisan Sosialis with Lim Chin Siong as Secretary-General.[51] Aside from the Chinese union leaders, lawyers Thampoe Thamby Rajah and Tann Wee Tiong,[52] several members from the University Socialist Club such as James Puthucheary and Poh Soo Kai joined the party.[53] 35 of 51 branches of the PAP and 19 of 23 branch secretaries defected to Barisan.

Merger years 1963–1965

After gaining independence from Britain, Singapore joined the federation of Malaysia in 1963. Although the PAP was the ruling party in the state of Singapore, the PAP functioned as an opposition party at the federal level in the larger Malaysian political landscape. At that time and until the 2018 general election, the federal government in Kuala Lumpur was controlled by a coalition led by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). However, the prospect that the PAP might rule Malaysia agitated UMNO. The PAP's decision to contest federal parliamentary seats outside Singapore and the UMNO decision to contest seats within Singapore breached an unspoken agreement to respect each other's spheres of influence and aggravated PAP–UMNO relations. The clash of personalities between PAP leader Lee Kuan Yew and Malaysian Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman resulted in a crisis and led to Rahman forcing Singapore to leave Malaysia on 9 August 1965. Upon independence, the nascent People's Action Party of Malaya, which had been registered in Malaysia on 10 March 1964, had its registration cancelled on 9 September 1965, just a month after Singapore's exit. Those with the now non-existent party applied to register People's Action Party, Malaya which was again rejected by the Malaysian government, before settling with the Democratic Action Party.

Post-independence, 1965 to present

A People's Action Party pamphlet during the 2015 elections

The PAP has held an overwhelming majority of seats in the Parliament of Singapore since 1966, when the opposition Barisan Sosialis (Socialist Front) resigned from Parliament after winning 13 seats following the 1963 general election, which took place months after a number of their leaders had been arrested in Operation Coldstore based on accusations of being communists.[39] It subsequently achieved a monopoly in an expanding parliament (winning every parliamentary seat) for the next four elections (1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980). Opposition parties returned to the legislature at a 1981 by-election. The 1984 general election was the first election in 21 years in which opposition parties won seats. From then until 2006, the PAP faced four opposition MPs at most. Opposition parties did not win more than four parliamentary seats from 1984 until 2011 when the Workers' Party won six seats and took away a Group Representation Constituency (GRC) for the first time for any opposition party. Even so, it still holds a supermajority in the legislature, to the point that Singapore is effectively a dominant party system.


People's Action Party headquarters in New Upper Changi Road

In its initial years, it adopted a traditional Leninist form of party organisation, together with a vanguard cadre from its labour-leaning faction. In 1961, the PAP Executive later expelled the leftist faction, bringing the ideological basis of the party into the centre and later in the 1960s moving further to the right. In the beginning, there were about 500 so-called temporary cadre appointed,[54] but the current number of cadres is unknown and the register of cadres is kept confidential. In 1988, Wong Kan Seng revealed that there were more than 1,000 cadres. Cadre members have the right to attend party conferences and to vote for and elect and to be elected to the Central Executive Committee (CEC), the pinnacle of party leaders. To become a cadre, a party member is first nominated by the MP in his or her branch. The candidate then undergoes three sessions of interviews, each with four or five ministers or MPs and the appointment is then made by the CEC. About 100 candidates are nominated each year.[55]

Central Executive Committee and Secretary-General

Political power in the party is concentrated in the CEC, led by the Secretary-General. The Secretary-General of the PAP is the leader of the party. Because of the PAP electoral victories in every general election since 1959, the Prime Minister of Singapore has been by convention the Secretary-General of the PAP since 1959. Most CEC members are also cabinet members. From 1957 onwards, the rules laid down that the outgoing CEC should recommend a list of candidates from which the cadre members can then vote for the next CEC. This has been changed recently so that the CEC nominates eight members and the party caucus selects the remaining ten.

Historically, the position of Secretary-General was not considered for the post of Prime Minister, but rather the Central Executive Committee held an election to choose the Prime Minister. There was a contest between PAP Secretary-General Lee Kuan Yew and PAP treasurer Ong Eng Guan. Lee won the leadership and inaugurated the first Prime Minister of Singapore.[56]

Since that election, there is a tradition that Singapore's Prime Minister is the Secretary-General of the winning party with the majority of the seats.

HQ Executive Committee

People's Action Party supporters during the 2011 general election

The next lower level committee is the HQ Executive Committee (HQ Ex-Co) which performs the party's administration and oversees 12 sub-committees.[57] The sub-committees are the following:

  1. Branch Appointments and Relations
  2. Constituency Relations
  3. Information and Feedback
  4. New Media
  5. Malay Affairs
  6. Membership Recruitment and Cadre Selection
  7. PAP Awards
  8. Political Education
  9. Publicity and Publication
  10. Social and Recreational
  11. Women's Wing
  12. Young PAP

Two more were later added, totalling 14:

13. PAP Seniors Group (PAP.SG)
14. PAP Policy Forum (PPF)


Since the early years of the PAP's rule, the idea of survival has been a central theme of Singaporean politics. According to Diane Mauzy and R. S. Milne, most analysts of Singapore have discerned four major ideologies of the PAP, namely pragmatism, meritocracy, multiracialism and Asian values or communitarianism.[58] In January 1991, the PAP introduced the White Paper on Shared Values which tried to create a national ideology and institutionalise Asian values. The party also says it has rejected what it considers Western-style liberal democracy despite the presence of many aspects of liberal democracy in Singapore's public policy such as the recognition of democratic institutions. Professor Hussin Mutalib opines that for Lee Kuan Yew "Singapore would be better off without liberal democracy".[59]

The party economic ideology has always accepted the need for some welfare spending, pragmatic economic interventionism and general Keynesian economic policy. However, free-market policies have been popular since the 1980s as part of the wider implementation of a meritocracy in civil society and Singapore frequently ranks extremely highly on indices of economic freedom published by economically liberal organisations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Lee Kuan Yew also said in 1992: "Through Hong Kong watching, I concluded that state welfare and subsidies blunted the individual's drive to succeed. I watched with amazement the ease with which Hong Kong workers adjusted their salaries upwards in boom times and downwards in recessions. I resolved to reverse course on the welfare policies which my party had inherited or copied from British Labour Party policies".[60]

The party is deeply suspicious of communist political ideologies despite a brief joint alliance with the pro-labour co-founders of the PAP, who were accused of being communists, against colonialism in Singapore during the party's early years. In 2015, the party was seen by some observers to have adopted a left-of-centre tack in certain areas in order to remain electorally dominant.[61]

The socialism practised by the PAP during its first few decades in power was of a pragmatic kind as characterised by the party's rejection of nationalisation. According to Chan Heng Chee, by the late 1970s the intellectual credo of the government rested explicitly upon a philosophy of self-reliance, similar to the rugged individualism of the American brand of capitalism. Despite this, the PAP still claimed to be a socialist party, pointing out its regulation of the private sector, activist intervention in the economy and social policies as evidence of this.[62] In 1976, the PAP resigned from the Socialist International after the Dutch Labour Party had proposed to expel the party,[63] accusing it of suppressing freedom of speech.

The PAP symbol (which is red and blue on white) stands for action inside interracial unity. PAP members at party rallies have sometimes worn a uniform of white shirts and white trousers which symbolises purity of the party's ideologies of the government. The party also reminded that once the uniform is sullied, it would be difficult to make clean again.

At an Institute of Policy Studies dialogue held on 2 July 2015, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke about the need to maintain a Jeffersonian natural aristocracy in the system to instill a culture of respect and to avoid anarchy.[64]

According to Kenneth Paul Tan, the PAP government has been able to amend the Constitution without much obstruction thanks to an overwhelming majority in Parliament, introducing multi-member constituencies, unelected parliamentary memberships and other institutional changes that have in effect strengthened the government's dominance and control of Parliament.[65] It has also propagated the idea that pragmatism and economic considerations triumph over accountability, transparency and checks and balances.[66] By drawing from a notion of Confucian values and Asian culture to construct ideological bulwarks like Asian democracy, the PAP government has been able to justify its liberal democracy deficit and authoritarian means.[65]

Organisation and Structure

Central Committee Executive and Leadership

For many years, the party was led by former PAP Secretary-General Lee Kuan Yew, who was Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990. Lee handed over the positions of Secretary-General and Prime Minister to Goh Chok Tong in 1991. The current Secretary-General of the PAP and Prime Minister of Singapore is Lee Hsien Loong, son of Lee Kuan Yew, who succeeded Goh Chok Tong on 12 August 2004.

The first chairman of the PAP was Toh Chin Chye. The current chairman of the PAP is Gan Kim Yong.[67]

List of Chairpersons

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
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
Tony Tan Keng Yam
陈庆炎Chén Qìng Yán
(born 7 February 1940)
1 September 1993 3 December 2004 11 years, 93 days
Lim Boon Heng
林文兴Lín Wén Xìng
(born 18 November 1947)
3 December 2004 1 June 2011 6 years, 180 days
Khaw Boon Wan
许文远Xǔ Wén Yuǎn
(born 8 December 1952)
1 June 2011 23 November 2018 7 years, 175 days
Gan Kim Yong
颜金勇Yán Jīn Yǒng
(born 9 February 1959)
23 November 2018 Incumbent 2 years, 190 days

List of Secretaries-General

Portrait Name
Term of office Time in office
Lee Kuan Yew
李光耀Lǐ Guāng Yào
(16 September 1923 – 23 March 2015)
21 November 1954 15 November 1992[68] 37 years, 360 days
Goh Chok Tong
吴作栋Wú Zuò Dòng
(born 20 May 1941)
15 November 1992[68] 3 December 2004 12 years, 18 days
Lee Hsien Loong
李显龙Lǐ Xiǎn Lóng
(born 10 February 1952)
3 December 2004 Incumbent 16 years, 180 days

Central Executive Committee

As of 19 November 2020, the Central Executive Committee comprises 18 members, which were:

Officer-holder Name Notes
Secretary-General Lee Hsien Loong Party Leader
1st Assistant Secretary-General Heng Swee Keat 1st Deputy Party Leader
2nd Assistant Secretary-General Chan Chun Sing 2nd Deputy Party Leader
Chairman Gan Kim Yong
Vice-Chairman Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad
Treasurer K. Shanmugam
Assistant Treasurer Ong Ye Kung
Organizing Secretary Grace Fu
Organizing Secretary Desmond Lee
Member Alex Yam
Member Josephine Teo
Member Edwin Tong
Member Indranee Thurai Rajah
Member Lawrence Wong
Member Ng Chee Meng
Member Tan Chuan Jin
Member Victor Lye
Member Vivian Balakrishnan

Office of the Mayors

Officer-holder Name Notes
Chairman of Mayors’ Committee and Mayor of South West District Low Yen Ling
Mayor of North East District Desmond Choo
Mayor of South East District Mohd Fahmi Aliman
Mayor of Central Singapore District Denise Phua
Mayor of North West District Alex Yam

Former Elected Members

No Name Constituency Length of service (cumulative) Notes
1 Lee Kuan Yew Tanjong Pagar GRC 1965–2011 Singapore's First Prime Minister
2 Goh Chok Tong Marine Parade GRC 1992–2020 Singapore's Second Prime Minister
3 Goh Keng Swee Kreta Ayer SMC 1973–1984 Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
4 S. Rajaratnam Kampong Glam SMC 1980–1985 Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
5 Toh Chin Chye Rochor SMC 1959–1988 Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
6 Ong Teng Cheong Kim Keat SMC 1972–1991 Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
7 Tan Cheng Bock Ayer Rajah SMC 1980–2006 Member of Parliament
8 Khaw Boon Wan Sembawang GRC 2006–2020 Minister of Transport
9 Lily Neo Jalan Besar GRC 2011–2020 Member of Parliament
10 Yaacob Ibrahim Jalan Besar GRC 1997–2020 Member of Parliament
11 Lee Bee Wah Nee Soon GRC 2011–2020 Member of Parliament
12 Tony Tan Keng Yam Sembawang GRC 1979–1988 Deputy Prime Minister

Current members of Parliament

Single Member Constituency

No Name Constituency Division Length of service (cumulative)
1 Murali Pillai Bukit Batok SMC Bukit Batok 2016 – present
2 Liang Eng Hwa Bukit Panjang SMC Bukit Panjang 2020 – present
3 Amy Khor Hong Kah North SMC Hong Kah North 2011 – present
4 Henry Kwek Kebun Baru SMC Kebun Baru 2020 – present
5 Tin Pei Ling MacPherson SMC MacPherson 2011 – present
6 Gan Siow Huang Marymount SMC Marymount 2020 - present
7 Lim Biow Chuan Mountbatten SMC Mountbatten 2011 - present
8 Patrick Tay Pioneer SMC Pioneer 2020 – present
9 Sitoh Yih Pin Potong Pasir SMC Potong Pasir 2011– present
10 Sun Xueling Punggol West SMC Punggol West 2020 – present
11 Melvin Yong Radin Mas SMC Radin Mas 2020 – present
12 Yip Hon Weng Yio Chu Kang SMC Yio Chu Kang 2020 – present
13 Grace Fu Yuhua SMC Yuhua 2011 – present

4 Member Group Constituency

No Name Constituency Division Length of service (cumulative)
1 Ng Eng Hen Bishan-Toa Payoh GRCToa Payoh Central 2001 – present
2 Chee Hong Tat Toa Payoh West- Thomson 2015 – present
3 Chong Kee Hiong Bishan East – Thomson 2015 – present
4 Saktiandi Supaat Toa Payoh East – Novena 2015 – present
5 Gan Kim Yong Chua Chu Kang GRCChoa Chu Kang 2011 – present
6 Low Yen Ling Bukit Gombak 2011 – present
7 Don Wee Boon Hong Brickland 2020 – present
8 Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim Keat Hong 2020 – present
9 Vivian Balakrishnan Holland-Bukit Timah GRCCashew 2006 – present
10 Sim Ann Bukit Timah 2011 – present
11 Christopher de Souza Ulu Pandan 2006 – present
12 Edward Chia Zhenghua 2020 – present
13 Josephine Teo Jalan Besar GRCKreta Ayer-Kim Seng 2020 – present
14 Heng Chee How Whampoa 2015 – present
15 Denise Phua Kampong Glam 2011 – present
16 Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah Kolam Ayer 2020 – present
17 Lawrence Wong Marsiling-Yew Tee GRCLimbang 2015 – present
18 Alex Yam Yew Tee 2015 – present
19 Zaqy Mohamad Marsiling 2020 – present
20 Hany Soh Woodgrove 2020 – present

5 Member Group Constituency

No Name Constituency Division Length of service (cumulative)
1 Lee Hsien Loong Ang Mo Kio GRCTeck Ghee 2004 – present
2 Darryl David Ang Mo Kio-Hougang 2015 – present
3 Nadia Ahmad Samdin Cheng San-Seletar 2020 – present
4 Ng Ling Ling Jalan Kayu 2020 – present
5 Gan Thiam Poh Fernvale 2015 – present
6 Heng Swee Keat East Coast GRCBedok 2020 – present
7 Maliki Osman Siglap 2011 – present
8 Tan Kiat How Kampong Chai Chee 2020 – present
9 Cheryl Chan Fengshan 2020 – present
10 Jessica Tan Changi-Simei 2006 – present
11 Tharman Shanmugaratnam Jurong GRCTaman Jurong 2001 – present
12 Tan Wu Meng Clementi 2015 – present
13 Rahayu Mahzam Bukit Batok East 2015 – present
14 Shawn Huang Wei Zhong Jurong Spring 2020 – present
15 Xie Yao Quan Jurong Central 2020 – present
16 Tan Chuan-Jin Marine Parade GRCKembangan-Chai Chee 2011 – present
17 Edwin Tong Joo Chiat 2015 – present
18 Seah Kian Peng Braddell Heights 2006 – present
19 Tan See Leng Marine Parade 2020 – present
20 Mohd Fahmi Aliman Geylang Serai 2020 – present
21 K. Shanmugam Nee Soon GRCChong Pang 2011 – present
22 Carrie Tan Nee Soon South 2020 – present
23 Derrick Goh Nee Soon Link 2020 – present
24 Louis Ng Nee Soon East 2020 – present
25 Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim Nee Soon Central 2011 – present
26 Teo Chee Hean Pasir Ris–Punggol GRCPasir Ris West 2001 – present
27 Janil Puthucheary Pasir Ris Coast 2015 – present
28 Mohamed Sharael Taha Pasir Ris East 2020 – present
29 Yeo Wan Ling Punggol Shore 2020 – present
30 Desmond Tan Pasir Ris Central 2020 – present
31 Ong Ye Kung Sembawang GRCSembawang Central 2020 – present
32 Vikram Nair Admiratly 2011 – present
33 Lim Wee Kiak Canberra 2015 – present
34 Poh Li San Sembawang West 2020 – present
35 Mariam Jaafar Woodlands 2020 – present
36 Masagos Zulkifli Tampines GRCTampines West 2006 – present
37 Baey Yam Keng Tampines North 2006 – present
38 Desmond Choo Tampines Changkat 2011 – present
39 Cheng Li Hui Tampines East 2015 – present
40 Koh Poh Koon Tampines Central 2020 – present
41 Chan Chun Sing Tanjong Pagar GRCBuona Vista 2011 – present
42 Indranee Rajah Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru 2015 – present
43 Joan Pereira Henderson-Dawson 2020 – present
44 Eric Chua Queenstown 2020 – present
45 Alvin Tan Moulmein – Cairnhill 2020 – present
46 S. Iswaran West Coast GRCWest Coast 2001 – present
47 Desmond Lee Boon Lay 2011 – present
48 Foo Mee Har Ayer Rajah-Gek Poh 2011 – present
49 Ang Wei Neng Nanyang 2020 – present
50 Rachel Ong Sin Yen Telok Blangah 2020 – present

Election results

Legislative Assembly

Election Seats up for election Seats contested by party Seats won by walkover Contested seats won Contested seats lost Total seats won Change Total votes Share of votes Resulting government Party leader
1955 25 4 0 3 1
3 / 25
3 13,634 8.7% Opposition Lee Kuan Yew
1959 51 51 0 43 8
43 / 51
40 281,891 54.1% Supermajority
1963 51 51 0 37 14
37 / 51
6 272,924 46.9% Supermajority
Legislative Assembly by-elections
Election Seats up for election Seats contested by party Contested seats won Contested seats lost Total votes Share of votes Outcome of election Constituency contested Party leader
1957 2 1 1 0 4,707 37.0% 1 seat hold Tanjong Pagar SMC Lee Kuan Yew
1961 2 2 0 2 5,872 31.1% 1 seat lost to Independent, 1 seat lost to WP Anson SMC
Hong Lim SMC
1965 1 1 0 1 6,398 59.5% 1 seat gained from UPP Hong Lim SMC

Malaysian Parliament

Election Seats up for election Seats contested by party Seats won by walkover Contested seats won Contested seats lost Total seats won Change Total votes Share of votes Resulting government Party leader
1964 104 11 0 1 10
1 / 144
1 42,130 2.0% Opposition Lee Kuan Yew


Election Seats up for election Seats contested by party Seats won by walkover Contested seats won Contested seats lost Total seats won Change Total votes Share of votes Resulting government Party leader
1968 58 58 51 7 0
58 / 58
21 65,812 86.7% Won all seats Lee Kuan Yew
1972 65 65 8 57 0
65 / 65
7 524,892 70.4% Won all seats
1976 69 69 16 53 0
69 / 69
4 590,169 74.1% Won all seats
1980 75 75 37 38 0
75 / 75
6 494,268 77.7% Won all seats
1984 79 79 30 47 2
77 / 79
2 568,310 64.8% Supermajority
1988 81 81 11 69 1
80 / 81
3 848,029 63.2% Supermajority
1991 81 81 41 36 4
77 / 81
3 477,760 61.0% Supermajority Goh Chok Tong
1997 83 83 47 34 2
81 / 83
4 465,751 65.0% Supermajority
2001 84 84 55 27 2
82 / 84
1 470,765 75.3% Supermajority
2006 84 84 37 45 2
82 / 84
748,130 66.6% Supermajority Lee Hsien Loong
2011 87 87 5 76 6
81 / 87
1 1,212,514 60.14% Supermajority
2015 89 89 0 83 6
83 / 89
2 1,576,784 69.86% Supermajority
2020 93 93 0 83 10
83 / 93
1,524,781 61.24% Supermajority
Parliamentary by-elections
Election Seats up for election Seats contested by party Seats won by walkover Contested seats won Contested seats lost Total votes Share of votes Outcome of election Constituency contested Party leader
1966 7 7 6 1 0 9,082 82.9% 7 seats gained from BS Bukit Merah SMC
Bukit Timah SMC
Chua Chu Kang SMC
Crawford SMC
Joo Chiat SMC
Jurong SMC
Paya Lebar SMC
Lee Kuan Yew
1967 5 5 4 1 0 9,407 83.6% 5 seats gained from BS Bukit Panjang SMC
Havelock SMC
Jalan Kayu SMC
Tampines SMC
Thomson SMC
1970 5 5 3 2 0 14,545 69.9% 5 seats hold Delta SMC
Havelock SMC
Kampong Kapor SMC
Ulu Pandan SMC
Whampoa SMC
1979 7 7 2 5 0 53,222 72.7% 7 seats hold Anson SMC
Geylang West SMC
Mountbatten SMC
Nee Soon SMC
Potong Pasir SMC
Sembawang SMC
Telok Blangah SMC
1981 1 1 0 0 1 6,359 47.1% 1 seat lost to WP Anson SMC
1992 4 4 0 4 0 48,965 72.9% 4 seats hold Marine Parade GRC Goh Chok Tong
2012 1 1 0 0 1 8,223 37.9% No seat Hougang SMC Lee Hsien Loong
2013 1 1 0 0 1 12,856 43.7% 1 seat lost to WP Punggol East SMC
2016 1 1 0 1 0 14,428 61.21% 1 seat hold Bukit Batok SMC

Internet presence

Since 1995, the youth wing of the PAP has had an internet presence "posting corrections to 'misinformation' about Singaporean politics or culture".[69] In February 2007, it was reported by The Straits Times that the PAP's new media committee chaired by minister Ng Eng Hen had initiated an effort to counter critics anonymously on the Internet "as it was necessary for the PAP to have a voice on cyberspace".[70] The initiative was divided by two sub-committees, one of which was in charge of strategising the campaigns and is co-headed by minister Lui Tuck Yew and MP Zaqy Mohamad. The other sub-committee new media capabilities group led by MPs Baey Yam Keng and Josephine Teo executed the strategies. The initiative was set up after the 2006 general election and also included around 20 IT-savvy PAP activists.[70]

See also

  • Barisan Sosialis
  • Democratic Party (Singapore, historical)
  • Dominant party system
  • List of political parties in Singapore
  • PAP Community Foundation
  • Politics of Singapore
  • Young PAP



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