The PAP candidate for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, Dr Vivian Balarishnan, hit out at his Opposition opponent Dr Chee Soon Juan of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) warning Singaporeans that the SDP policies will bankrupt Singapore and the future generations of Sinagaporeans:
“The SDP’s alternative policies will ultimately leads to bankruptcy or perhaps even worse, passing the bill to the next generation. SDP’s proposals tax-and-spend programmes.
SDP had copied policy prescriptions that have failed elsewhere. I don’t intend to go into details now but in the course of the campaign, all this will be exposed and I’m sure our voters especially the voters in Holland-Bukit Timah will exercise judgment accordingly.”
The other PAP candidate at Holland-Bukit Timah Sim Ann accused Dr Chee Soon Juan for ousting Chiam See Tong more than 20 years ago in 1994:
“Singaporeans of a certain age will know a bit about him, including how he ousted his mentor Mr Chiam See Tong from the party Mr Chiam had built. Given this, I think maybe the residents of Holland-Bukit Timah will be circumspect.”
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan was the Minister for Water and Environment, he has however not commented on national issues like the haze problem, the rat problems in Bukit Panjang and Ang Mo Kio, the rising dengue fever problems, the YOG overspending and the water treaty with Johor which is set to expire by 2061. Formerly Minister of State for Education, Sim Ann, also avoided national issues and the problem of foreign scholarships and the low intake of local graduates in Singapore universities.