Workers' Party, The
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Parti Pekerja
Founded: 3 November 1957
Registered: 30 January 1961
Symbol: Hammer & ring
Website: http://www.wp.sg/
Established by former Chief Minister and LF leader David Marshall, it had in the beginning a requirement that trade unionists had to be adequately represented within its leadership, although this was later phased out. On 19 January 1963, Marshall resigned and the party dwindled into a handful of members until July 1971 when a group led by J. B. Jeyaretnam revived it. Ten years later, Jeyaretnam ended PAP's monopoly in a by-election to become the first elected opposition Member of Parliament in 15 years. He was secretary-general until 27 May 2001 and left WP on 22 October 2001 owing to differences with the party's younger leaders. Succeeding him was Low Thia Khiang, who is presently Singapore's longest-serving opposition MP. In 2003, Low raised chairman Sylvia Lim as the second face of WP and in 2016, he appointed Pritam Singh as his deputy, who took over his secretary-general post in 2018. Holding the largest number of opposition seats since Barisan in 1963 and being the first non-PAP party to capture a GRC, it was the only opposition party in Parliament twice, the first from 1981 to 1984 and second from 2015 to date. The party's newsletter, in existence for decades, is named "Hammer" after its symbol.
Other symbols
1957 - 1971
General Elections record
Year Seats Cand Won % Year Seats Cand Won %
1959 51 3 0 12.6 1991 81 13 1 41.1
1963 51 3 0 1.0 1997 83 14 1 37.6
1968 58 2 0 13.2 2001 84 2 1 39.3
1972 65 27 0 24.5 2006 84 20 1 38.4
1976 69 22 0 27.9 2011 87 23 6 46.6
1980 75 8 0 29.2 2015 89 28 6 39.8
1984 79 15 1 41.9 2020 89 - - -
1988 81 32 0 38.5
By-Elections record
Year Seats Cand Won % Year Seats Cand Won %
Jul 1961 1 1 1 43.3 1981 1 1 1 51.9
May 1977 1 1 0 29.4 2012 1 1 1 62.1
1979 7 1 0 38.8 2013 1 1 1 54.5
Local Elections record
Year Seats Cand Won % Year Seats Cand Won %
1957 32 5 4 41.9 1958 (By-Election) 1 1 0 3.7