Former National Solidarity Party secretary-general and opposition politician Goh Meng Seng has registered a new political party named the “People’s Power Party” (PPP) yesterday with an eye on participating in the next general election.

Goh Meng Seng said during an interview with the media that he was disappointed with the current policies implemented by the government, and feels that the government should not always have the final say on public policy in Singapore.

He also said that the PPP would champion a form of democracy based on revolutionary Chinese leader Sun Yat Sen’s theory of democratic government. In Sun’s theory of democracy, government would be divided into five separate branches: the executive, legislative, judicial, the censorate, and the civil service system. The latter two branches primarily functioned as a check on the first three, which are the more familiar branches of government. They are also traditional branches of the Chinese government and functioned independently. The civil service had been around since the Han period and the censorate was created by the Hong Wu emperor at the beginning of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

According to Goh, Singaporeans will live better lives only when principles of democracy are upheld in Singapore. He says that the current system which centers political power into the hands of a few key persons is unsustainable.

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