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Ng Kok Song says he’s not seeking donations for campaign

Ng Kok Song says he’s not seeking donations for campaign
Ng Kok Song meeting members of public at Ghim Moh Road Market & Food Centre on Wednesday (Aug 24).
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No donations please, said presidential candidate Ng Kok Song. 

In a walkabout this morning (Aug 24) at Ghim Moh Road Market & Food Centre, the former GIC investment chief officer told reporters during a doorstop interview that he will not be accepting any donations to finance his election campaign. 

"I've decided to finance my campaign using my personal savings," Ng said.

He explained to reporters that this decision was taken in order to "not be beholden to anyone" in standing for the presidency. 

The 75-year-old added that he has received offers to finance his campaign. But these offers has been respectfully rejected, he added.

Ng suggested to potential donors that the money could instead be donated to charitable causes. 

When asked about his budget for the campaign, Ng declined to elaborate and instead pointed to the election expenses limit set by the Elections Department at $812,822.10, adding that he'd "have to stay below" that amount.

Separately, fellow candidate Tan Kin Lian had earlier told AsiaOne on Aug 14 that his projected expenditure will be "between $50,000 and $150,000".

His expenses to run for president will also come at a personal cost, he said then.

@asiaone Speaking to the media before his walkabout at Ghim Moh Road Market & Food Centre today (Aug 24), presidential candidate Ng Kok Song was asked about his views on the LGBTQ community. Here’s what he had to say. #fyp #sgnews #ngkoksong #koksong #singapore #lgbtq #presidentialelection #pe2023 #presidentialelection2023 ♬ Chill Vibes - Tollan Kim

At the walkabout, Ng, a Catholic, was also asked about his views on LGBTQ+ issues.

"I believe that this is a very personal matter," he said before echoing the sentiments of Pope Francis. "Who are we to judge?" 

No posters, no chance?

Earlier on, Ng had said that he does not have the "party machinery" to hang up posters or banners across the island.

This is due to him having "very limited resources". However, he mentioned that he will still be handing out pamphlets during his walkabouts.

Fellow presidential candidate Tharman Shanmugaratnam took a different approach to his election campaign, using posters aplenty.

When asked if this might put him at an advantage over his other candidates, the 66-year-old said last night: "Not really — actually, I've spent a lot of time in the last month with my team, mobilising volunteers. We put a lot of effort into it."

As for Ng, he said he'll focus on tapping the powers of social media to reach out to the younger generation of Singaporeans.

When asked by AsiaOne today if this might put him at a disadvantage with older Singaporeans, as some may not have easy access to social media, Ng did not seem worried.

"I hope that the younger generation of voters who are more familiar with social media will be able to share with their parents and grandparents," he responded.

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