Petir, the Lightning
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.
- 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.