Further arrests over Little India riot, COI to be formed by weekend
- POSTED: 10 Dec 2013 18:34
This graph is an experimental feature that tracks number of views over time.
Police have made further arrests over the riot in Little India on Sunday evening, and a Committee of Inquiry (COI) to look into the riot will be formed by the end of this week.
SINGAPORE: Police have made further arrests over the riot in Little India on Sunday evening, and a Committee of Inquiry (COI) to look into the riot will be formed by the end of this week.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security and Home Affairs Minister, said this in a news release on Tuesday evening.
Mr Teo said the names and terms of reference will be ready, and that will provide a more in-depth look into the incident.
The COI will also review the existing procedures for places where foreign workers congregate, and it will consider whether improvements are needed.
Saying that he wants to put recent actions and decisions into context, Mr Teo said that first, the authorities wanted to ensure that the situation remains calm, especially this weekend, to allow people to continue their lives as normally as possible.
So an alcohol ban has been introduced. Police have also increased their presence in foreign worker dormitories and places where foreign workers congregate.
Second, the COI is being formed to look into the incident and consider additional measures that might be needed.
Third, the authorities are continuing with investigations to make sure that all those who have broken the law are dealt with strictly, firmly and fairly.
They will also look into the traffic accident in detail to make sure that is dealt with fairly as well.
Mr Teo noted that 24 people were charged in court on Tuesday, and police have made further arrests.
He said the vast majority of those who live in Singapore -- Singaporeans as well as those who come here to work -- want a safe and orderly environment, and that is what the authorities intend to continue to maintain.
So the police, other security agencies and all government agencies will work together to make sure that a safe and orderly environment is maintained, Mr Teo added.