PAP to set out party direction on Sunday

PAP to set out party direction on Sunday

SINGAPORE- The People's Action Party (PAP) will adopt a major resolution statement setting out its broad directions on Sunday, as it seeks to galvanise support and pinpoint areas that need strengthening at the mid-point of the electoral cycle.

The resolution statement, to be made at a biennial party convention, is in response to changes in the Singapore environment and follows a series of engagement sessions with activists from the 87 branches over the last two months.

The theme of the convention is "Our New Way Forward: A Call to Action", the PAP HQ said in a media invitation yesterday.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the party's secretary-general, and Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing, the party's organising secretary, as well as five party activists will speak, the statement added.

Taking up the resolution statement is significant, as it is believed that the last time the party adopted such a long-term plan was at its first party convention in 1988. This came after it suffered a 12.9-percentage point swing in votes in the 1984 General Election. The Workers' Party's J. B. Jeyaretnam and the Singapore Democratic Party's Chiam See Tong were both elected then.

At the 1988 convention, an eight-point "Agenda For Action" was mapped out to strengthen the PAP and its bonds with Singaporeans through the 1990s.

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