NCMP Daniel Goh explains why he won't run for Workers' Party top post

Daniel Goh is also the president of the Workers’ Party’s Youth Wing. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)
Daniel Goh is also the president of the Workers’ Party’s Youth Wing. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) and Workers’ Party (WP) member Daniel Goh has ruled himself out as a contender for the party’s top post.

In Facebook post on Monday (12 February) explaining his position on the matter, Goh noted that he had only “two years of real political experience” and that he had a “lot more to learn”.

He also voiced his support for WP assistant secretary-general Pritam Singh at the right choice for the party’s next chief. Goh, who is also president of the party’s Youth Wing, said Singh exhibits the qualities for a leader who can take further develop WP as a “viable opposition party”.

These include having “good experience of speaking and debating in Parliament”; having the “confidence and support” of his constituents; being experienced in town council management; and being a “humble servant-leader” who “works closely with the party grassroots and exhorts them to unite for the common good of Singapore and Singaporeans”.

“I worked closely with Pritam on the WP60 Organising Committee… and I am convinced he is such a servant-leader,” added Goh in his post.

A Straits Times report on Sunday had speculated that Goh would be a contender in the upcoming party elections, which will reportedly be held on 8 April. In response, Goh share the article on his Facebook page along with the comment “Nope”.

There has been much speculation over who will replace WP secretary-general Low Thia Khiang after his announcement in November last year that he would not be contesting the upcoming polls.

“We now have a team of younger leaders who are ready to drive the party forward, to continue this walk with Singapore. I shall therefore not be contesting the post of Secretary-General at the next party election,” said Low at the time.

Related stories:

COMMENT: Why master of the moment Low Thia Khiang is stepping down

Low Thia Khiang: Future role at Workers’ Party depends on younger leaders’ needs