Balakrishnan: SDP will set us on road to Greece
HOLLAND-BUKIT Timah Group Representation Constituency incumbent Vivian Balakrishnan has launched the first salvo against the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), saying that its policies would set Singapore "on the road to Greece".
Speaking at a press conference yesterday afternoon, the anchor minister for the GRC said his People's Action Party (PAP) team will show, over the next nine days, that the SDP has copied policy prescriptions that have already failed elsewhere. Dr Balakrishnan's team will face off against an SDP team led by party chief Chee Soon Juan at the polls.
SDP has proposed several economic measures, including having a minimum wage, raising personal income taxes for the top 1 per cent of earners and increasing social spending.
On those proposals, Dr Balakrishnan said: "The SDP will set us on the road to Greece, and it is the duty of my team to awaken Singaporeans to the dangers of such policy prescriptions."
Dr Balakrishnan's teammates are Minister of State Sim Ann, DBS Bank managing director Liang Eng Hwa, and lawyer Christopher de Souza.
They are challenged by an SDP team comprising Dr Chee, compliance auditor Sidek Mallek, healthcare administrator Chong Wai Fung, and National University of Singapore professor Paul Tambyah.
The Sept 11 election will be the first that Dr Chee is set to contest since 2001. He could not be fielded in 2006 and 2011 because he was declared bankrupt after failing to pay $500,000 in damages for defaming then senior minister Lee Kuan Yew and then prime minister Goh Chok Tong during the 2001 General Election.
He was cleared of bankruptcy in 2012.
In a report yesterday, Dr Chee said he plans to run a "constructive" and "positive" campaign in this general election.
"We are not going to call names. We are not going to say PAP is bad, opposition is good," he told The Straits Times. "We want to see change and you will see that from us. We're going to be constructive, we're going to be positive."
Yesterday, Dr Balakrishnan said his team for the PAP is "quietly confident" because of their "solid track record".
He added that he is glad to go up against SDP again, but noted that all the previous opponents have either moved or left politics.
In the 2011 election, his PAP team won the GRC with a vote share of 60.1 per cent against an SDP team.