Men in White: The Untold Story of Singapore's Ruling Political Party

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Singapore Press Holdings, 2009 - Political Science - 692 pages
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The inside story of one of the world's most successful political parties-the ruling People's Action Party of Singapore.

  • Riveting account of political developments from PAP's inception in 1954 to the present day .
  • Concise text written by experienced journalists.
  • E xtensively and carefully researched over five years and with over 300 interviews with key players and PAP legislative assemblymen who defected.

Men in Whiteis the inside story of one of the world's most successful political parties-the ruling People's Action Party of Singapore. With its victory in the 2006 polls, PAP has won 12 successive general elections since it assumed power in 1959. Narrated in three parts, it chronicles the rise, fall, capture, split and rise of a political party which has become synonymous with the spellbinding success of Singapore, and delves into the reasons for its track record and longevity. Part Onetells how Lee Kuan Yew and his anglicised associates collaborated with radical Chinese-speaking trade unionist to form a small left-wing party in 1954 to drive out the British colonialists and how they fell out over the issue of merger with Malaya. Part Twocaptures the agonies of leadership self-renewal. Part Threewraps up the PAP story by tracing the origins and discussing some of the key principles that characterised Singapore governance.

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