This book discusses the inception, evolution and longevity of the People’s Action Party (PAP), which has governed Singapore since 1959. It describes seminal events in the party’s history and its role in Singapore’s political life, including the split with the communists within the party and the struggle for Merger with Malaysia.
The book analyses how the economics of Singapore’s survival as an independent nation helped create the politics of dominance associated with the PAP. The book pays close attention to the party’s efforts at renewal and reorganisation even as it was returned to power in general elections.
It shows how the PAP seeks to legitimise its authority to govern byhandling contentious issues such as ministerial pay and tackling the challenge from the opposition and critical voices in online media.
Last updated on 19/09/2019