Everything you ever wanted to know about the PPP
This is the sixth in a series of articles going through the parties contesting in the General Elections.
- The Blur Sotong’s Guide To The Reform Party
- The Blur Sotong’s Guide To Singaporeans First
- The Blur Sotong’s Guide To The Singapore Democratic Party
- The Blur Sotong’s Guide To The Singapore People’s Party/Democratic Progressive Party
- The Blur Sotong’s Guide To The Singapore Democratic Alliance
Here we have the newest party contesting in their first election, although their leader isn’t a new face: the People’s Power Party.
Like a caveman discovering fire, perhaps the PPP wishes to bring about a new Enlightenment to Singapore.
1. Blur Sotong: Yahallo! *waves in a random direction* Am I on TV? *pauses for a minute*
No, but recently you were on the newspaper. Now, do you have any questions or not?
2. Blur Sotong: Oh! Right! This People’s Power Party, or PPP, or 3P (lol), why did they suddenly appear? Who is their leader?
PPP was founded this year, just a few months ago in May. That they have a team fully functioning and campaigning currently is a commendable feat. This is probably not a coincidence; their leader Goh Meng Seng has 15 years of political experience and has run in two elections previously with the National Solidarity Party (NSP) in 2011 and the Workers’ Party (WP) in 2006.
He was also the Secretary-General of NSP, but stepped down in 2011. After helping Tan Kin Lian in his presidential bid, he did not join a party until this year when he abruptly announced his intention to form a new party. At the time, groans could be heard; what’s the use of saturating the field with more opposition parties?
Regardless, the PPP are prepared to run in the elections.
3. Blur Sotong: What about their ideology?
It seems PPP has decided to adopt the Separation of Five Powers — an idea espoused by revolutionary Dr. Sun Yat-sen.
The separation of Five Powers is to prevent abuse of power in a democracy and to safeguard freedom for all.
Here’s an image of their philosophy made by a supporter of theirs:
Besides that, the PP is a believer in democratic socialism — where the economy has to be owned by the people to counter widening income equality. The party believes that democracy and socialism are the basis of stability, continuity and sustainability of Singapore.
A full list of their core values:
- Unity, Stability, Continuity and Sustainability
- Balance and Separation of Powers as form of True Democracy
- Socialism as a means of Stability
- Balance Development of the Nation
- Rule of Law
- Public Service
- Honesty and Integrity
- Fairness and Social Justice
- Social Justice and Equality
- Equal Opportunity
- Consensus Building
- Accountability and Transparency
4. Blur Sotong: What changes are being advocated by PPP?
- The population issue is high on the list of changes;
- As mentioned before, they are seeking a separation of powers, which includes free press not controlled by the Government.
- They want to moderate the current capitalistic market system with socialist measures to create sustainable economic development
- Healthcare is also high on their list of changes — Goh Meng Seng has challenged Healthcare Minister Gan Kim Yong (who just happens to be contesting in Choa Chu Kang GRC too) to a policy debate
- They want to be the voice of the people in Parliament…just like every other opposition party
5. Blur Sotong: Where will they be standing in the upcoming general election?
They will be contesting in the Choa Chu Kang GRC with 4 candidates.
Here’s what they look like:
- Goh Meng Seng, 45, political activist, leader of PPP and the Managing Director of a linguistics company. He has a long-running blog titled Singapore Alternatives, which is still being updated today. In it, he details various anecdotes such as meeting Mr. Yee Chia Hsing, his PAP opponent running in Choa Chu Kang. Initially, the party was skeptical of him (as seen here), until they sat down for a drink, and the impression of him changed. Ah, the wonders of kopi! Maybe Parliament should sit in a coffee-shop next time.
- Low Wai Choo, 55, is a finance manager for a multi-international company. This is her first time contesting, although she is a regular at the Speakers’ Corner.
- Lee Tze Shih, 42, is a property consultant and this is also his first time contesting. Like Low Wai Choo, he is a regular at the Speakers’ Corner. Housing issues are his area of expertise given his real estate experience.
- Syafarin Sarif, 39, is the Director and Managing Consultant of a market research company in the pharmaceutical industry. He contested alongside Goh Meng Seng in the 2011 elections.
6. Blur Sotong: A small party like PPP has many disadvantages, doesn’t it?
Yes; unfortunately they are unable to do party political broadcasts due to MDA rules stipulating that at least 6 candidates are required. Hence, they have decided to take a different strategy of connecting with residents personally and at rallies.
They even hang their own electoral posters!
Will their DIY approach work in their favour, or will inferior numbers and limited media reach prove to be their downfall? We’ll find out on 11 September.
7. Blur Sotong: Where can I follow them online?
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