The Young PAP (YP) is the youth-wing of the People's Action Party (PAP). Its current chairman is Chan Chun Sing. The YP's predecessor, the PAP Youth Committee was established in 1986, under the chairmanship of Lee Hsien Loong, then a Singapore Armed Forces brigadier general. All PAP members under the age of 35 were grouped under the Youth Committee. The PAP had been undergoing leadership transition, and many of its key leaders were ageing, with younger replacements scarce. PAP branches were urged to recruit 40-50 members each for the YP. 
Lee envisioned there would be a lot of young people who were "idealistic, patriotic, nationalistic, keen to work for the nation." Lee's goal was to "keep the PAP as the sole, the only main political party in Singapore" such that "when the people think about the government of Singapore, if they think about the future of Singapore, then they will think about the PAP". Lee also said that the youth wing would be a channel in which the youth could communicate dissent, in which otherwise they might be "tempted" to vote for the Opposition and bring the PAP government down.
In 1993, the Youth Committee was renamed the Young PAP. The then-chairman of the Committee, George Yeo, in an effort to attract members, said that people joining the YP could take positions different from central party leadership. The age limit was raised from 35 to 40. 
According to Gary Rodan, there is a widespread belief that the Singapore government monitors individuals on the internet. As part of the "dual strategy on the internet" in 1995, as usage of uncensored internet messageboards became more popular, the Young PAP began regularly commenting on the Usenet group soc.culture.singapore. 
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- Rodan, Gary (1998). "The Internet and Political Control in Singapore". Political Science Quarterly 113 (1): 63–89.
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