Thirteenth Parliament of the Republic of Singapore
I was elected to the Thirteenth Parliament as Non Constituency Member of Parliament on 29th February 2016. This was after Lee Li Lian declined her election as NCMP, because she was previously elected as Member of Parliament in Punggol East and respected the decision of the voters to not re-elect her. I served with her for over two years in Punggol East and supported her decision.
Mr Low said that NCMPs are essentially duckweeds. He is right. He was using a Chinese flower metaphor in a very natural way, the significance and nuances of which many of us, Anglophones, don’t understand. Very crudely, it means NCMPs are like pretty flowers that sink no roots, floating about and contradicting the values of harmony and community. Objectively, this is true in the long run, and I am with the WP MPs and the party in opposing the NCMP scheme.
But for me, personally, at this point in my life, and as I see it, at this point in Singapore’s history, the principle of national service trumps the political principle of opposing the NCMP scheme. If my country sees fit that I contribute as duckweed, then it is my honour to be Duckweed Goh. It is no insult; it is a privilege.
It is a privilege I won't take lightly. I am guided by feedback from residents I serve in Aljunied GRC as I help Mr Low and the other MPs there, and by comments from citizens online and anywhere in Singapore. I seek to fight for fairness for every citizen, where colour, creed or class do not matter, for all families to enjoy a decent quality of life of love, and for all Singaporeans, regardless of race, age and gender, to hope for a better future. I would fail if I am to do this alone, but I am incredibly fortunate that I am surrounded by dedicated volunteers who love Singapore as much as I do.