The struggle for Singapore’s Chinese heartland: the People’s Action Party versus the Workers’ Party versus the Singapore Democratic Party, 1998-2013

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Abstract

Singapore’s political struggles of the 1950s and 1960s, between a Chinese-educated, working-class left-wing and a middle-class, English-educated faction, have not been completely eradicated but continue to cast a shadow over modern political developments. The moderate, English-educated faction achieved an important victory when it took over control of the People’s Action Party (PAP) in the early-1960s. However, the surprise ascendancy of the Workers’ Party (WP), under Low Thia Khiang, has seen a long-marginalized section of the Chinese-educated galvanize around a district, Hougang and Aljunied, and a Teochew-speaking charismatic but low-key individual in Mr Low. The WP’s ability to develop an enduring “brand” over the 2006-13 period surprised many commentators. By 2013 it had become Singapore’s second-strongest political force.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalAsian Journal of Comparative Politics
Early online date21 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Singapore Chinese
  • Singapore Opposition Parties
  • Singapore Political History
  • Workers’ Party of Singapore

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