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Some 200 foreign workers were issued formal police advisories at the Police Cantonment Complex on Sunday. Police said the workers were present at the location of the December 8 riot at Little India but their involvement had been passive and incidental.
SINGAPORE: Some 200 foreign workers were issued formal police advisories at the Police Cantonment Complex on Sunday.
Police said the foreign workers were present at the location of the December 8 riot at Little India but their involvement had been passive and incidental.
Police reiterated that no further action will be taken against them and they will be allowed to stay on in Singapore and continue with their employment.
However, they must not come to adverse notice again. Police will also notify their employers accordingly.
The foreign workers were on Sunday accompanied by representatives of the companies they work for.
Many workers and their representatives did not seem to know why they had to be there.
Suresh Babu, administrative manager at Bluesky Infratech, said: "I had already checked with my worker. But he wasn't involved in anything. That's why I asked the police officer. The police officer didn’t say anything."
Heng Siak Hoe, owner of Siak Hoe Outdoor Spray Painting, had accompanied his worker, an S Pass-holder from India.
Mr Heng said: "(The worker) is very obedient. I don't know why police asked me to come here. I'm not alarmed (over being called to the police centre) because we didn't do anything wrong."
They emerged from the complex after about an hour, with a copy of the police advisory.
Manikgam Arumugam, construction worker at Hock Tat Building Construction Pte Ltd, said: "They asked me to obey the rules and I said okay. Yes, I will go to Little India if I want to send money or buy any groceries. I don't mind going there. I am not afraid."
24-year-old Arumugam Thenappan, who works at Blue Sky Infratech Pte Ltd, recounted what he did at the police centre: "I signed two papers. They explained what was on the paper to me. Then they asked me to leave."
According to the advisory, the workers are reminded that they must abide by the laws of Singapore and should they commit any criminal offence, they will face stern action, including the revocation of their work privileges.