Vivian Balakrishnan says SDP will have to come out of the closet

Straits Times
20 April 2011

For all of us, it is a very heavy responsibility. Our residents’ livelihoods, families and homes are at stake. As far as the effort itself, my overriding imperative is not to let the voters, volunteers and my team-mates down. I am not sure what (the Singapore Democratic Party’s) strategy is. I would like to know whether they have confirmed that they are contesting, I would like to know their line-up. I can’t help feeling that part of the reason for their reticence is they have elements of their agenda they are not prepared to disclose and subject to scrutiny. Eventually, they will have to come out of the closet.

I see a total lack of a plan. Even at national level, I am still waiting for their manifesto. But if you base it on what we have seen so far, it is fair to say that the SDP, as far as policy is concerned, is the most extreme of all the opposition parties. It is an incoherent set of populist calls. And all I can do is to agree with Mr Chiam See Tong’s assessment that they have not changed. Their philosophy, their policies and their approach have not changed.

Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan on anchoring the Holland-Bukit Timah GRC team for the first time

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