Dr Vivian Balakrishnan did not mince his words when he warned voters that the policies of his opponents from the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) "will set us on our paths to Greece".
He and his People's Action Party team are up against SDP's team headed by Dr Chee Soon Juan at the polls for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC.
Dr Balakrishnan went on the offensive, calling for a press conference at the Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council at Bangkit Road hours after nominations closed yesterday.
He said of SDP's policies: "Tax, spend, cut essential services and investments, including defence, that will put our country at risk and ultimately lead to bankruptcy, and a very big bill being passed to our children, not to mention very high levels of taxation.
"These are not new ideas, these are ideas cut and copied and pasted from other parts of the world, which have failed.
"In other words, the SDP will set us on the road to Greece and it's the duty of my team to awaken Singaporeans to the dangers of such policies."
Dr Chee: We don't want gutter politics
Singapore Democratic Party secretary-general Chee Soon Juan, 53, yesterday called for a good contest of ideas in the GE.
"We are looking forward to a good contest, a contest of ideas. We don't want any of the gutter politics that have gone on in the past," said Dr Chee.
"What good does it do to Singaporeans if we keep calling each other names? And we never get to resolve some of the problems Singaporeans have to live with on a daily basis."
Dr Chee is contesting Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, along with National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine professor Paul Tambyah, 50, compliance auditor Sidek Mallek, 55, and healthcare administrator Chong Wai Fung.
Dr Chee last contested a General Election 14 years ago.
He was sued by PAP leaders for defamation and declared bankrupt after he could not pay the damages, ruling him out of the 2006 and 2011 GEs.
This article was first published on September 2, 2015.
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