SINGAPORE’S People’s Action Party (PAP), which celebrated its 50th anniversary recently, has been praised as one of the most successful political parties in the world.
Utusan Malaysia columnist Zin Mahmud said the party succeeded in not only winning all the 11 general elections but transformed the island state into a first-world country.
“PAP, which is called Petir in Bahasa Malaysia, not only brought independence to the country but also worked hard for the creation of Malaysia. The only blemish was the party’s desire for a role in the peninsula which brought about the separation of Singapore and Malaysia,” he said.
Zin said Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew had often stated that PAP's success was due to its willingness to renew itself.
“But the economic success of PAP lies in the early transformation of its policy from one that is based on socialism to pragmatic open market policy. That is the key to its success and it has a big implication on the political direction of the region and even the world,” he said.
Utusan also reported Hulu Perak Deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Ismail Deraksa as saying that the enforcement agency had felled a ketum tree in Kampung Bandariang on the request of the villagers.
He said the villagers wanted to cut down the tree because leaves from the tree were boiled to make a concoction to feed the addiction of drug addicts.
“It is actually not a police job to cut down trees but on that day, we were asked by the village security and development committee there to participate in a goton- royong and asked us to cut down the tree because its leaves were being used by drug addicts,” he said.
Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim was reported in Berita Harian as saying the people had not adopted Bahasa Malaysia as the national language wholeheartedly.
He said the biggest challenge for the language was in the private sector, where it is only adopted by 30% of the sector.