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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Issue 8. April 1976]

Exposure and Isolation of the Pap Regime

Exposure and Isolation of the Pap Regime

The PAP in the past branded its opponents as "Communists" or proxies for external forces. Of late as opposition mounts from wider sections of the population, the regime now warns of "non-Communist subversion" which includes the New Left, the Student Christian Movement and the CIA

Accusations of "non-Communist subversion" have been levelled mainly against the University of Singapore Students' Union (USSU) following student protests over large scale redundancies and declining living standars of the workers. Not surprisingly USSU has recently been dissolved under the University of Singapore (Amendment) Act 1975.

Over the past few years as Lee Kuan Yew's sophiscated public relations machinery has come unstuck and his mask slipped somehwat, his European social democratic colleagues are beginning to see the true picture of his repressive regime. In recent months the Central Committee of the Dutch Labour Party has decided, in view of the gross violations of fundamental human rights in Singapore, to contest the PAP's membership of the Socialist International.