People’s Action Party

Published 2nd May, 2011

The People’s Action Party or PAP was founded in 1954 by Lee Kuan Yew and others as a radical socialist party. In 1961 the party lost some of its more militant members and it changed its stance into a moderate, anti-communist party. Today PAP describes itself as social conservative, third way centrist party which practices fiscal conservatism.

Lee Kuan Yew was secretary-general of the party until 1991, when he handed over to Goh ChockTong, and was Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990. The current secretary-general and Prime Minister is Lee Hsien Loong, son of Lee Kuan Yew who took over from Goh ChockTong in 1994.

The PAP has ruled Singapore since 1959.

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