Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Parti Tindakan Rakyat, or Ptir, or Petir, and in English it is PAP!
The lightning logo of PAP, People Action Party, of Singapore was a brainchild of Pak Samad Ismail, the co-founder of PAP. He suggested the logo should be lightning, or petir in Bahasa Melayu, since in Malay, People's Action Party, is Parti Tindakan Rakyat or thus the acronym PTIR for short!
Whether Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) wants to admit it or not PAP, or PTIR, could not have existed today let alone a republic if it weren't for Pak Samad. But instead LKY, like any Chinese leader at that time did not trust him in the end!
Having said that I think it is incumbent upon the Republic of Singapore to confer Pak Samad a belated recognition, any kind of a recognition, now that he is 84, and it is just proper. A show of magnanimity is good for politically strong Singapore, especially for the sake of our bilateral relationship.
For a start the Singapore High Commissioner to Malaysia, HE Jesudesan can pay Pak Samad a visit during his birthday celebration this Saturday the 26th! Just a thought!
Lot of cheers today!
Posted by Pasquale at 11:46 AM