In an announcement on her Facebook page, Bertha Henson, veteran journalist and former Associate Editor of The Straits Times, confirmed her involvement in the presidential campaign of George Goh, founder of Harvey Norman Ossia.
This follows Mr Goh’s declaration of his intention to run as an independent candidate in the forthcoming Presidential Election.
Ms Henson disclosed on Wednesday that she was asked to advise Mr Goh on media relations.
In her post, she outlined the reasons behind her decision to work with Mr Goh.
Notably, she affirmed that Mr Goh is a serious contender and is not merely running to legitimise the election. Ms Henson extolled Mr Goh’s status as an outsider and independent candidate, highlighting his unconventional journey to success.
“George took a different route to success. No silver spoon for him. No good school nor gilded career. No paved path to the top. He is a self-made man who built his businesses with his own sweat and blood,” Ms Henson wrote.
She also spoke highly of Mr Goh’s courage in running against the establishment and praised his commitment to maintaining the apolitical nature of the office.
“I don’t mind helping a man who isn’t afraid to break the mould.” said Ms Henson.
Ms Henson encouraged the public to direct any queries about Mr Goh’s campaign to him directly and added that she will not be commenting on the presidential election until it is over.
On Monday, Mr Goh confirmed that he would be running for President. The 63-year-old entrepreneur declared his intentions at the Elections Department, accompanied by family and supporters.
He emphasised the necessity of an elected President, referencing the three walkovers in the last five Presidential Elections. Mr Goh stated, “I think the people deserve it to vote for their President… so I’m coming forward.”
Regarding doubts about his eligibility, Mr Goh affirmed his qualifications, citing his 41 years of independent entrepreneurial experience. Despite his companies not individually meeting the S$500 million equity requirement, Mr Goh plans to submit records of all his associated companies to the Presidential Elections Committee, which collectively value S$3.15 billion.
In the face of questions about the implications of not “clearly qualifying” on his credibility and chances, Mr Goh remained confident. “In due course… we will know the answer,” he stated.
As the Presidential Elections draw closer, all eyes will be on Mr Goh’s candidacy.