Petir, the Lightning

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The party organ, Petir, was first published in April 1956. Over the years, Petir has evolved from a broadsheet format to a tabloid-sized newspaper, to a magazine look.

From the 1990s to the early 2010s, Petir was a bimonthly magazine. Today, it is published every quarterly and is also available online.

Flip through the photos below to see the evolution of Petir.

Didja know?

  • Petir in the 1950s was available in three different editions in English, Chinese and Malay.
  • In the early days, writers for Petir included party leaders such as Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Mr Lim Kim San, and Mr S. Rajaratnam.
  • The cover price for Petir was 15 cents in the 1950s. By 1990, it had risen to 40 cents.
  • For a period from mid 1959 to the 1960s, Petir was known as Petir Weekly, and it was published every week.
  • In the early years, the PAP also published policy papers in the form of special publications.

This article was first published in the April 2014 issue of Petir Magazine.

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