Goh Meng Seng posted a Facebook message yesterday (21 Jul) saying that his party, the People’s Power Party, is not a “sinking ship”.
He started his post sharing that he has an “excellent team of campaigners”, some in their 70s and 80s helping him throughout GE 2020.
“We may be small but definitely an efficient and effective gunboat. We have shown that we could run a good campaign with posters up on the very day of nomination and taken down on the night of polling day!” he wrote.
“All flyers distributed TWICE with extreme efficiency. We have almost all polling stations manned and even have excess counting agent on standby!”
He said that his “wonderful team” demonstrated that his party is no “sinking ship”.
“What’s the use of bragging about big size when the party can’t even get posters right? If we can’t even get the posters right, how could the voters be convinced we can run the whole Town Council?” he opined.
“This is always the tip top standards I set for all the elections campaigns I have run so far for the past two decades. I won’t want to embarrass myself if I am not even confident to get the posters up and down with such efficiency i.e. I won’t even contest!”
“PPP a ‘sinking ship’? Definitely not!” he proclaimed.
Goh’s last GE?
During the campaigning in GE 2020, Goh who is only 50 years old, in fact told the media that the recent GE will be his last contest in a general election (‘Singapore GE2020: Last GE contest for PPP’s Goh Meng Seng‘, 28 Jun).
He said he had initially planned to stay in politics for 15 years or three election cycles. But this would be his fourth. He said, “When I first got involved in politics, I told my wife to give me 15 years. But now I might be crossing 20 years… My daughter, who wasn’t even born then, has now grown up… I don’t want to put my family through too much.”
“Every election, we lose money. I even sold my flat to finance the second one,” he added, referring to the 2011 General Election where he contested Tampines GRC on the National Solidarity Party ticket.
At the 2015 GE, he set up PPP to contest in Chua Chu Kang GRC, where his party only secured 23.1% of valid votes.
PAP increased its percentage vote in just two constituencies
In any case, comparing the GE results of 2020 with those of 2015, the percentage vote of PAP dropped in almost all constituencies except for Mountbatten and MacPherson SMCs. Among the two, PAP’s percent vote increased the most in MacPherson with 6.14%.
(PAP percent vote dropped in most constituencies from last GE except MacPherson and Mountbatten)