When you are not the most popular Minister around, and when you are up against someone who has not been been in an elections for 14 odd years, who is a loudhailer and is hungry for fame and glory, you better be on the offensive first.
That was what Vivian Balakrishnan did.
He had harsh words for the policies proposed by the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), saying that they are “tax and spend” programmes that will ultimately lead the country to bankruptcy.
In the coming election, Dr Balakrishnan will be leading his team to contest against SDP – helmed by Dr Chee Soon Juan – in the four-member Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency (GRC).
The opposition party has proposed several alternative ideas on issues including the economy and healthcare. For instance, it has suggested increasing social spending and raising personal incomes taxes for the top 1 per cent earners. It also proposed divesting inefficient Government-linked companies (GLCs) which it noted are competing with, and slowing down the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Dr Balakrishnan said: “In other words, the SDP will set us on a road to Greece. It is the duty of my team to awaken Singaporeans to the dangers of such policy prescriptions.”
We don’t know about him but Greek food is so damn shiok.