Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Issue 8. April 1976]
An international campaign has been mounted to exclude the People's Action Party of Singapore from the organisation of Social Democratic Parties, The Socialist International.
Besides the PAP, current members of this Socialist International include the West German Social Democratic Party, the Israeli Labour Party, the Australian Labor Party and our very own New Zealand Labour Party.
A large number of individuals and organisations throughout the world, such as the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, have pledged their support for the expulsion.
The New Zealand Labour Party has only so far sought from the Secretariate of The Socialist International News of what is going on.
At the annual conference of the New Zealand Labour Party (in two weeks time) a remit will be discussed the calls for New Zealand support for the explusion of the PAP The following is the case against Lee Kuan Yew's government.
The Peoples' Action Party (P.A.P.), under the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew, came to power in Singapore in 1959. Since then Singapore has become a one-party state with the P.A.P. holding all seats in Parliament.
Under Premier Lee, the government has carried out increasingly ruthless suppression of human rights. It uses a whole armoury of repressive legislation to institute measures in blatant violation of democratic socialist principles.