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The Workers' Party of Singapore (simplified Chinese: 新加坡工人党; traditional Chinese: 新加坡工人黨, often referred to simply as the "Workers' Party" or "WP") is a centre-left opposition political party in Singapore. The party currently has six seats in Parliament, with party Secretary-General Low Thia Khiang, party Chairman Sylvia Lim, Chen Show Mao, Muhamad Faisal Manap and Pritam Singh serving as the Member of Parliament-Elect (MP) for Aljunied GRC, and Yaw Shin Leong serving as the Member of Parliament-Elect (MP) for Hougang SMC The Workers' Party was founded by Singapore's former Chief Minister, David Marshall, in 1957. In 1981, the party's then-leader J.B. Jeyaretnam became the first opposition MP to be elected to Parliament since Singapore's independence in 1965, when he defeated the candidate of the governing People's Action Party (PAP) at a by-election in the constituency of Anson. He was re-elected at the 1984 general election, but subsequently lost his seat in Parliament in 1986 following a conviction for falsely accounting the party's funds (a conviction Jeyaretnam has always maintained was politically motivated). Worker's Party member Lee Siew Choh served as an NCMP from 1988 to 1991. At the 1991 general election, Low Thia Khiang was elected as MP for Hougang. He was re-elected at the 1997, 2001 and 2006 general elections. Jeyaretnam returned to Parliament as an NCMP from 1997 to 2001, and Sylvia Lim has also served as an NCMP for the party since 2006. In recent years, the Workers' Party's candidates have worn a uniform of light blue shirts while campaigning to represent the party's links with the blue collar workers.