Fifty years of PAP rule

Saturday, 30 May 1959, was the day when the People’s Action Party first won a general election, forming the government after that. This party has remained in power ever since. It’s been fifty years. Full essay.

2 Responses to “Fifty years of PAP rule”


  1. 1 Lee Chee Wai 30 May 2009 at 03:17

    Even in the 80s, I remember as a kid how constituencies were contested by independents. Sadly, I no longer remember the person who managed to keep his deposit as an independent against Lee Kuan Yew at Tanjong Pagar.

    Now, that aspect of Singapore politics is gone with the introduction of GRCs and with so few SMCs that independents do not even bother anymore. I yearn to see a historic moment when a group of independents can get together to challenge a GRC (if it is even legal to do so).

  2. 2 TS 31 May 2009 at 14:09

    Elections in the late 1950s and 60s are more fair than elections held in the past 20 years?


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