Sunday, June 26, 2011

Political Sabbatical

I am stepping down from Secretary General of National Solidarity Party from today onwards.

It has been an exciting 1 year and 4 months of leading NSP as SG in its preparation and contesting in the last General Elections. There are "crisis" like NEA summon which I have to manage. But I am glad that we have managed it very well by NOT paying up the fines, else the impact would be unimaginable... can you imagine ALL opposition parties being banned from selling our publications and newspapers during our weekly regular outreach? It was a TOUGH but RIGHT decision and judgement made. A very important lesson and experience for all of us.

I have mixed feelings about the GE results NSP has achieved during my tenure as SG. It is the BEST electoral result that NSP has achieved since its inception but it is still not up to my expectation of winning seats in parliament. This is one of the small regret I have so far.

I will NOT be contesting for a seat in the NSP Central Executive Committee as well. I will go into Partisan Political Sabbatical for at least 2 years. I feel that as the outgoing Secretary General, I should refrain from staying in the CEC so that I would not be seen as undermining the authority of the New SG under any circumstances. But for the time being, I will still stay as a Congress member of NSP.

I will leave behind a stronger and better platform for my successor as well as Singaporeans who wish to contribute to the opposition movement to work on.

10 years in politics is a very tiring process. There is one saying, 1 year in politics is just like 10 years in life. It is very true indeed. But looking back at my initial motivations to get into partisan politics, I guess the two key missions I have set out to achieve, have been accomplished; though they might not be directly achieved by me.

The first mission is to break the hegemony of PAP power by breaching the first GRC. I believe that once the first GRC falls into opposition hands, there will be rapid changes which will create a more balanced system. This has been accomplished by Workers Party in GE2011.

The second mission is to bring justice to my generation of people who are so adversely affected by the so called "Asset Enhancement Scheme" created by the Goh Chok Tong administration. I feel that NSP has provided a good platform for me to elaborate on the ills of such irresponsible scheme which promotes GREED in the guise of "asset enhancement" but in actual fact, will cause great wealth disparity across generations. GE2011 is a very special event which allowed me to elaborate on the ills of the insane Asset Enhancement Scheme which was coupled of false sense of affordability of HDB flats propagated by the PAP.

Thus I should safely say that if I have to quit politics altogether now, I will gladly do so PROUDLY. I could finally tell my children and grandchildren wonder stories about my political involvement in Singapore in future!

However, the biggest regret I have during my tenure of SG is the death of my eldest brother in the tour of duty of helping me out during GE2011. His death has provided much grief as well as inspiration for me during this period.

What will I be doing during this Political Sabbatical period?

In the coming couple of months, I will try to help Mr. Tan Kin Lian out in his Presidential Campaign as much as possible. This will be just another small effort on my part to try and institutionalize REAL checks and balances in our political system.

I could be looking into getting myself involved in various international NGOs where I could further practice and enhance the Core Values of Democracy, Social Justice and Human Rights. I am currently looking into the World Problems of Refugees.

I could also be looking into more business opportunities else where so to earn more money to provide enough financial support for my late brother's family.

I could even be setting up a think tank with some other people who are interested in providing non-partisan policy views.

Whichever the case, I think it is about time to take stock of my future directions now. This timely Political Sabbatical will provide me the necessary breather to do just that.

Someone may ask me whether I will be back to stand for the next GE. Honestly, I have no answer to that now. It will depend on situations there and then.

But for my readers of this blog, I will still write periodically about my various thoughts whenever I have the inspiration to do so. Especially so for the coming couple of months, I will be writing more on the Presidential Elections.

I wish to thank all my supporters for all these years. Some of you have been truly great to me.

Last but not least, I also wish to thank my colleagues in NSP who have given me the support and opportunity to serve and lead the party for the past year.

Goh Meng Seng


sgcynic said...

All the best

Collin said...

As a non-partisan voter, i would just like to say, during the last GE, almost all the Political Parties showed remarkable improvements in more ways than one! NSP & yourself should not be shy about this & I'm glad you are not.

Whichever path you may choose next GMS, i wish you the very best in that journey!

Anonymous said...

jump the boat fast and furious! poor Nicole Seah, should have joined a better and able political are all the same, opportunists just like Tan Kin Lian and crooks of the same mind flocked together, honestly nothing more than all born lossers! glad that Singaporeans did not vote neither anyone of you idiots into parliament unlike WP! PAP LONG LIVE!!!

Anonymous said...

I have as much liking for Nicole Seah as Anon 9:05 AM Above despite the fact that I am about two to three generations older than her. She is a born kind talent!
And because she is a born talent(intelligent/humane), she knows how to choose her company(association). Her joining NSP is her choice. Had she been/being a vain pragmatic person, she could have joined the most powerful and established party ESPECIALLY one in power. But I surmised that the conscience in her made her chose NSP.
I am not surprised Nicole Chooses NSP.

Anyway, all the best to Goh Meng Seng in his endeavours and may he have plenty of success.


Anonymous said...

Your quiting shows that you have no
strong determination and belief in
politics. Have you not quit WP in the first place and stay with Mr Low you could have been an MP for
Aljunied GRC now. Just look at Mr
Yaw who believes in Mr low leadership and Mr low passed the baton of Hougang to him.

Anonymous said...

My advice to you and I have to say this Mr Goh. They say you can't an old dog new tricks, I like to think otherwise of you. Your contributions are admirable. Your real drawback is not your spirit. Rather, it is your language. You need to learn how to draft clear and effective english when you speak to voters. Take a look at your election rally speech. Observe yourself carefully and you will see that a lot needs to be improved. How? Diction. Expressiveness and rhythm. Delivery is key. You have the points. What's missing is the delivery? Work on this just like Vincent of SDP did and you'll understand why they garner 40% of CCK. I believe if you just work on this bid, you have a great and radical comeback.

Roslyn said...

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