oxconn founder and chairman Terry Gou has officially announced that he is running for president of Taiwan after receiving a bit of encouragement from sea goddess Matsu who came to him in a dream.
“I had a dream where I asked Matsu and she told me to come forward… to do good things for people who are suffering, to give hope to young people, and to support peace across the Taiwan Strait,” the 68-year-old businessman told reporters during a visit to a temple on Wednesday.
Matsu or Mazu (妈祖) is a particularly popular diety in Taiwan. She is believed to protect fishermen and sailors from falling into harm. Gou, who is known to be religious, added that he believes the goddess is a strong supporter of his business success.
While Gou had stopped short of officially announcing his candidacy after revealing Matsu’s endorsement, he went on to do so later on Wednesday, declaring that he would enter the primary election for the China-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party.
The 2020 presidential election is sure to be a pivotal one for Taiwan, deciding whether the island will draw back closer to China or will continue to drift away. Cross-Strait tensions have remained high ever since the election of Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as president in 2016.
Gou has proclaimed that peace is his primary objective. Taiwan’s richest man with an estimated net worth of $7.8 billion, Gou has extensive business ties in mainland China including mega-factories that churn out the world’s iPhones which have been marred by reports of poor working conditions and worker suicides.
With his entry into politics, Gou is reportedly planning to step down from the leadership of Foxconn, which he founded way back in 1974, in order to allow younger talent to take over. We just hope that he’s talked this all over with Matsu.