PAP issues membership cards for cadre and ordinary members.
In the early years, membership cards had a hard cover, which could be flipped open.
In the 1980s, the cards became a simple laminated card.
From 1990s, cards no longer carry photos.
- The party badge used to be made of cloth. Now, it's a piece of metal combined with plastic.
- The badge reminds members what the party stands for: 1) Red lightning: action 2) Blue circle: solidarity 3) White background: purity.
- When the PAP started, there was only one category of membership and no membership cards were issued.
- After Nov 23, 1958, a cadre system was established, where cadre members are chosen by party leaders.
- Annual membership fee was $4 in the 1950s. Members were mostly workers, hawkers, petty traders, clerks, shopkeepers and farmers.
This article was first published in the April 2014 issue of Petir Magazine.