Opposition politician Goh Meng Seng ‘gatecrashed’ 2 PAP MPs’ dialogue sessions with PMD riders in 1 night
He went from Toa Payoh to Sengkang.
Goh Meng Seng, the chief of the People’s Power Party (PPP), showed up at not one, but two separate Meet-the-People sessions on Tuesday night Nov. 12.
Both sessions were helmed by two People’s Action Party MPs separately.
It was reported that Goh appeared at the dialogue session between 280 or so attendees, who were mostly PMD riders, and the Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min at Anchorvale Community Club in Sengkang West SMC.
The 49-year-old Goh proceeded to ask Lam questions towards the tail-end of the session.
His questions and statements were met with applause and cheers from those in attendance.
Goh subsequently availed himself to an interview with the media after the session with Lam ended.
Goh said the S$7 million grant by the government for PMD users to switch to e-bikes was a knee-jerk effect, and such a move further endangers the lives of PMD riders, who are required by law to ride their e-bikes on roads with regular traffic if they chose to go with the new devices.
At an earlier dialogue session
In a two-minute video submitted to Mothership.sg by a reader, it transpired that Goh did not just confront one PAP MP.
He was at another dialogue session earlier on Tuesday night with another PAP MP.
Before showing up at Lam’s dialogue session in Sengkang, which started at 830pm, Goh was at Toa Payoh and had interjected at some point during a dialogue session between PMD riders and Chee Hong Tat, a Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education, and a Bishan-Toa Payoh MP.
The Toa Payoh dialogue session started at 7:30pm.
Goh can be heard saying in the video with Chee: “People come here not asking for anything. Not asking for money.”
Goh was then questioned: “Are you one of my residents, Mr Goh?”
Goh continued: “They are not asking for money, not for help. They want to earn a decent living.”
“What do you have for them?”
“They only want to know. Will you voice this out in Parliament?”
Goh’s statements and questions were met with cheers, which was also what happened during Lam’s dialogue when Goh interjected in proceedings.
In response to Goh and those in attendance, Chee said: “My offer is that the only help is, I can talk to you all to see what I can do to assist you.”
When Chee said, “Mr Goh wants to make a political point…”, the MP was cut off and a cacophony of voices could be heard talking past one another.
Chee eventually said: “Let me put it this way, gentleman, please. The concerns you all have shared. We eventually get people to share and take these views and report them to MOT.”
Facebook post about his intentions
Goh subsequently acknowledged his confrontation with both MPs in a Facebook post later that night at about 11:30pm:
He wrote that he was urged to show up at the sessions by friends, and had driven from the first session with Chee in Toa Payoh to the next session with Lam in Sengkang.
Goh also wrote that he disagreed with the characterisation that he had “heckled” Lam during the dialogue.
He wrote on Facebook:
“This may really be a silly night but contrary to what Mothership reported, I didn’t “Heckle” Dr Lam Pin Min. He is Minister of State for goodness sake! Not some weaklings of some sort! I didn’t use “derisory” words against him at all! Just a matter of questions which he could hardly answer. If asking questions that KO a Minister could be regarded as “heckling”, then so be it.”
There was another dialogue session on Tuesday night held in Chong Pang in Nee Soon GRC, which was helmed by K Shanmugam, who is law and home affairs minister.
Goh’s recent political activities
Goh was recently seen publicly on Nov. 4, when he attended an opposition alliance meeting with Tan Cheng Bock.
Goh did not contest in Lam’s Sengkang West SMS or Chee’s Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC during the last General Election in 2015.
Instead, he led his PPP team in a contest at Choa Chu Kang GRC, and garnered 23.11 percent of the vote share.
Goh also said in the interview with the media after Lam’s dialogue that he was not a PMD user.