Singapore People's Alliance

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The Singapore People's Alliance was a political party in Singapore founded in 1959 that was drawn from the abandoned political party Labour Front and has never won any seats in the Parliament of Singapore. However, in the 30 May 1959 Singapore Legislative Assembly election results, led by former Chief Minister Lim Yew Hock, the party won 4 seats, with a popular vote of 107,755, making up 20.7% of the total number of votes. Following the general election of 1959, the Liberal Socialist Party merged into it.[1]

After the entry of Singapore into Malaysia in the context of merger, it did not play a significant role in the national referendum of 1962 which approved the merger. It contested the general election of 1963 as part of the conservative Singapore Alliance Party, which was a branch of the federal Alliance Party. Its presence within the Singapore Alliance sparked friction with elements of the Singapore branch of the United Malay National Organisation.[1]

The Singapore Alliance fared poorly during the elections against the incumbent People's Action Party (PAP) with the Singapore's People Alliance losing all four seats. This has been partly attributed by historian Albert Lau to the failure of Lim Yew Hock to stand in the elections.[1] Meanwhile, the political focus shifted towards the PAP-UMNO rivalry within Malaysia and rivalry between the PAP and the Barisan Sosialis.[1]

The Singapore People's Alliance was eventually dissolved in 1965 after the independence of Singapore.

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  1. ^ a b c d Lau, Albert (1998). A Moment of Anguish: Singapore in Malaysia and the Politics of Disengagement. Singapore: Times Academic Press. ISBN 981-210-1349. 

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