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George Goh Ching Wah

George Goh Ching Wah – He is a Malaysian-born Singaporean businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who is the chairman of Ossia International and the founder of Harvey Norman Ossia. He served as Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Morocco between 2017 and 2023.

He announced to run for the President of Singapore and stand in the 2023 presidential election on June 12th, 2023.

Early life and education

  • George Goh Ching Wah was born in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, Goh was one of eight children in his family.
  • At the age of 16, he left school and started working due to his family’s financial situation.
  • He started working as a sweeper and general worker on a weekly salary of $15 at a shoe factory in Geylang, Singapore.
  • In 2022, Goh completed his graduation from Trinity College London, where he studied music, specializing in classical singing.

Business career

He owned several listed companies, including Ossia International, Harvey Norman Ossia, and United EnviroTech.

In 1982, he began DeClassici Shoe Manufacturer in a factory at Bartley Road, producing 30 pairs of leather shoes every month.

In 1990, he co-founded Ossia International Limited and was appointed as its group chairman.

In 1999, Goh partnered with Gerry Harvey of multi-national retailer Harvey Norman to set up a S$33 million joint venture called Harvey Norman Ossia (Asia) to retail the Harvey Norman brand in Asia.

In 2003, Goh co-founded the wastewater treatment firm United EnviroTech.

2023 Singaporean presidential election

On 12 June 2023, Goh announced that he will participate in the 2023 presidential election.


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