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PAP conference: Urgent social and political challenges have to be tackled

The messaging that it cannot be business as usual comes amid societal and political changes.

The speeches by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong acknowledged that more fundamental policy changes are needed. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

On Sunday, as they’ve done every two years since 1982, more than 3,000 men and women in white gathered for the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) conference where they elected the party’s top decision-making body.

The election was significant because the Central Executive Committee (CEC) is the party’s nerve centre: It screens election candidates at the final stage, and makes pre-election decisions on which MPs will be retired. Historically, it also decided on the setting-up of party bodies such as the HQ Executive Committee, the PAP Community Foundation, Women’s Wing and Youth Wing.

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