Thursday, November 24, 2011

Journey Forward

I have formally informed the President and Secretary General of National Solidarity Party in September 2011 that I will let my party membership lapse by the end of the year.

I have joined NSP in 2007 and led the party as Secretary General from February 2010 till June 2011. It is my honor to work closely with the people in NSP to achieve the BEST electoral results ever since the inception of the party more than two decades ago. Regrettably, we did not win any seats but I believe we have built a stronger foundation for the party to set its footing right for next General Elections.

The baton was passed to Hazel Poa and I believe the party will progress steadily under her leadership. The party is under good hands with the hearts at the right place and the sincerity to serve Singaporeans.

Personally, I guess it is time for me to move on to another journey of uncharted waters. Many of my friends and close associates thought that I am quitting politics for good but no, this is not so. The fact that once you have politics in your blood, you will have to live with it for the rest of the life. There are other things which are equally important to contribute towards the political democratic development of Singapore other than joining a party. Some of these things need us to be non-partisan in order to be effective.

To my supporters and friends, rest assured that I will continue to work for Democracy in Singapore in other ways for the moment. Some plans have been drawn out but will only be announced later on when things are firm.

For the mean time, as demonstrated in this blog, I have always been keen in making policy comparisons between Singapore and other places, particularly Honk Kong. I will continue my study and observations between policies applied in different places around the world and look out for the better alternatives for Singapore.

Last but not least, I would like to wish NSP all the best in its future political engagement and hope it will gain electoral success for the next GE.

Goh Meng Seng


Channel said...

Meng Seng,
Your hardwork, sweat and tears (the passing on of your late brother) were evident. Your actions predicated on a sole agenda of sacrifice for the nation and people of Singapore is so very respectable. I am confident you will resurface and return with style and even more conviction. Possibly forming some coalition? In any case, all the best in your journey forward!

Anonymous said...

NSP had very strong showing in GE 2011. Great to have leader liked you who truly fight for democracy and for the common people. But you should stay within NSP & I believed that GE 2015/6 will be better result for NSP and for the opposition in Singapore.

All the Best!

Clear eyed said...

Mr Goh, thank you very much for your hard work and sacrifices in fighting to provide Singaporeans with an alternative to the current ruling regime. NSP may not have won a seat in Parliament at the last election but you are nevertheless a hero in our eyes for taking on a giant. I am very glad that you will continue to fight for Singaporeans like a true hero and I wish you all the best!

Anonymous said...

I think opposition parties should unite as an alliance (not merge) to defeat the PAP and get the GRC system dismantled, then when the seats are all SMCs then run as separate parties.
Opposition parties must analyse the results and ask themselves questions. Such as why WP won Aljunied and Hougang and SPP failed to do the same. Why NSP did the best in Marine Parade?
It is not enough to rely on voter unhappiness with PAP, there are other factors that determines whether the opposition wins where it contests.
I was disappointed that opposition only won 6 seats, but it is a learning process and take note that Chiam, Low & JBJ did not win on their first attempts, they failed before they succeeded.
One thing is clear however, that opposition should never try the by-election strategy again, they should NEVER allow walkovers.
Also, do check out some comments on Yahoo, there are some very good suggestions, although some may be unpleasant.
PAP will say opposition is inexperienced which is a problem fresh grad job seekers face, but it can be overcome

Anonymous said...

Indeed one needs not be member of any political party to contribute to his/her country.
You have shown your commitment in the past and me believes You will be as committed as before.
Here's wishing You success in your endeavours.


Anonymous said...

Just my view.

Better to be an elected MP who is just an opposition member with no executive position in the party than be a secretary general of a party but not elected.

Maybe 2011 EC GRC
if it were
Goh Meng Seng
Chia Ti Lik
Tan Heng Chong Eric
Tong Tzee Kwang Perry
Mohamed Fazli Bin Talip
& EC GRC might have faired better.

After joining a party, best to stick with it and maybe be rewarded someday by getting elected after more than 1 try, eg Sylvia.
Quitting to join other party may not be that good an idea, rejoining may be difficult and viewed not so positive.

The new group less Eric might have difficulties
And sometimes going back after leaving may not be a good idea.

However, applaud you for the effort and bravery for standing.