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People's Action Party
Malay name Parti Tindakan Rakyat
Chinese name 人民行动党
Rénmín Xíngdòngdǎng
Tamil name மக்கள் செயல் கட்சி
Makkaḷ Ceyal Kaṭci
Abbreviation PAP
Leader Lee Hsien Loong
Chairman Gan Kim Yong
Secretary-General Lee Hsien Loong
Vice Chairman Masagos Zulkifli
Assistant Secretaries-General Heng Swee Keat (First)
Chan Chun Sing (Second)
  • Lee Kuan Yew
  • Lim Chin Siong
  • S. Rajaratnam
  • Toh Chin Chye
  • Lim Kim San
Founded 21 November 1954; 68 years ago (1954-11-21)
Preceded by Malayan Forum
Headquarters PCF Building 57B New Upper Changi Road #01-1402 Singapore 463057
Youth wing Young PAP
Ideology Conservatism
Social conservatism
National conservatism
Economic liberalism
Civic nationalism
Political position Centre-right
Colours      White      Red      Blue
Slogan "Our lives, our jobs, our future"
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The People's Action Party (PAP) is a large centre-right political party in Singapore. It is one of two main parties in the Parliament of Singapore, with the other being the Workers' Party. It was started in 1954 and supported Singapore being independent from Malaysia. It has been in charge of Singapore since the 1959 general election.


The current chairman of the PAP is Gan Kim Yong. The current secretary general is the current Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong.

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
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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
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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
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Khaw Boon Wan
许文远Xǔ Wén Yuǎn
(born 8 December 1952)
1 June 2011 23 November 2018 7 years, 175 days
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Gan Kim Yong
颜金勇Yán Jīn Yǒng
(born 9 February 1959)
23 November 2018 Incumbent 4 years, 73 days

List of Secretaries-General

Portrait Name
Term of office Time in office
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Lee Kuan Yew
李光耀Lǐ Guāng Yào
(16 September 1923 – 23 March 2015)
21 November 1954 15 November 1992 37 years, 360 days
Goh Chok Tong
吴作栋Wú Zuò Dòng
(born 20 May 1941)
15 November 1992 3 December 2004 12 years, 18 days
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Lee Hsien Loong
李显龙Lǐ Xiǎn Lóng
(born 10 February 1952)
3 December 2004 Incumbent 18 years, 63 days

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