After allegedly receiving some encouragement in a dream from a sea goddess, Foxconn founder and chairman Terry Guo has officially announced his plan to run for the 2020 presidential election in Taiwan.
Guo, who will run under the China-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party, told reporters while visiting a temple that he was visited by Matsu or Mazu in a dream and received some form of encouragement to run for presidency.
“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 business tycoon said on Wednesday, according to Shanghaiist.
Guo, a very religious man, believes that Mazu, who is a sea goddess that protects fishermen and sailors from falling into harm, is a strong supporter of his success in business.
In his announcement, the richest man in Taiwan with an estimated net worth of $7.8 billion proclaimed that peace will be his main objective. However, since he is entering politics, Guo said that he is planning to step down from his leadership in the company, Foxcoon, which he had founded in 1974.
Wu Den-yih, the chairman of the KMT party, gave Guo an honorary certificate for his 50 years membership in KMT.
“As a member of the party for 50 years, I thankfully accept this honorary certificate. I want reiterate that whether I am an entrepreneur in the future or have other possibilities, there are eight words [Chinese characters]: peace [和平], stability [安定], economy [經濟], and future [未來],” Guo said in his acceptance speech, Taiwan News reported. “I also hope that the Kuomintang will strive to achieve three things: First, to find the soul of the Kuomintang. Second, to find the honor of being a Kuomintang member. Third, to recover the young people lost by the Kuomintang.”
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