The People's Action Party
) is a political party
. It has controlled the government since the first official election in Singapore in 1959
. Between 1961
, Singapore was a part of Malaysia and the PAP functioned as a Malaysian party.
The prospect that the PAP would rule Malaysia and upset the ethnic balance between Malays and Chinese led to Singapore's separation from Malaysia.
The party was formed in 1954 by English-educated middle-class Chinese who had just come back from Britain. For many years the party was led by Lee Kuan Yew, who was prime minister from 1959 to 1990. The current prime minister, and secretary general of the PAP, is Goh Chok Tong[?].
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