People’s Action Party (PAP) (archived 20 Aug 2020)


GE2015 results
Contested seats

89 / 89 contested
83 / 89 won

Votes in contested seats


The People’s Action Party (PAP) began as a pro-independence political party in 1954. In 1961, against the backdrop of communism and internal ideological splits, left-wing PAP members left to establish Barisan Sosialis. Since 1959, the PAP has governed Singapore. Its current Secretary-General is Lee Hsien Loong.

We believe the current PAP to be a center-right party. It is largely socially conservative while supporting liberal economic policies, the latter commonly cited as a reason for Singapore’s rapid development. The party does, however, intervene in the market during times of crisis.

The PAP’s social policies reflect civic-nationalism, communitarianism, and social conservatism. Its foreign policy stresses the importance of military strength and cooperation with regional and global partners so as to ensure the longevity of the city-state.

A consequence of its electoral dominance since independence, the PAP has become greatly intertwined with the state and its institutions. As the PAP continues to dominate the political life of Singapore, its critics have raised questions of political rights, freedom of speech, and institutional “checks and balances”.

Latest posts

8 July – Election Update

With tomorrow being Cooling-off Day, today marked a rather uneventful end to campaigning. RDU released its Green Charter. And, PAP’s Chan Chun Sing responds to audio clips circulating online.

Insight: Youth Wings (the Young PAP)

The Young People’s Action Party (YP) is the youth wing of the ruling party, the PAP. Founded in 1992, it serves as a platform for youth voices in the PAP. We talked with Kenneth Yeo from the YP, a member of the YP since 2013.

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