Monday, 07 Jul 2014
The cut-and-thrust of parliamentary debate was in full force one Saturday afternoon in June. But it was not a special sitting of Parliament.
Instead, it was a mock Parliament that was sitting on that June 14 afternoon at PAP Headquarters. And just who were the government ministers, backbenchers and opposition MPs? Young PAP members who were role-playing. There were even media members in attendance, again YP members.
To inject a sense of realism, the Speaker was a lady in parliamentary robes, who was armed with a gavel to maintain order in the procedures. She wielded her powers when necessary - fairly and firmly to both sides of the House - including exercising the guillotine to remind MPs to keep to their allotted time when speaking. Neither did she spare the gavel to bring order to the proceedings.
Growing food on rooftop gardens and an innovative education system are among YP and PPF's aspirations.
The plan was for the trio of women who blazed the trail into Parliament in 1984 to take to the stage during the Women's Wing tribute event.
Party's DNA of doing and serving is one of the central themes of the PAP60 celebrations, Lawrence Wong tells Petir in an exclusive interview.
Ask any long-time party activist for the secret of its success, and you will be told that "the party prepares for General Elections the day it wins one."
Now, as then, the main purpose of the weekly meet-the-people sessions remain the same - to serve the people.
From branches in five constituencies in 1955, the PAP branch network has evolved and expanded to a total of 87 branches.
With the Party celebrating its 60th birthday, what better time to roll out new initiatives to enhance this ethos.
Amendments to the Party Constitution to effect the new PAP Resolution at the Party Conference on 7 December 2014.