Keep xenophobia and racial remarks out of conversation: Lawrence Wong
- POSTED: 09 Dec 2013 11:43
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Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong has called on the public to keep xenophobia and racial remarks out of the conversation in the aftermath of the violence in the Little India district.
SINGAPORE: Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong has called on the public to keep xenophobia and racial remarks out of the conversation in the aftermath of the violence in the Little India district.
He made the call in a post on his Facebook page on Monday morning as shops in Little India open for business as usual after police restored calm and order following the riot on Sunday night.
Mr Wong, who is also the Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, said: "We have sacrificed much to achieve peace and harmony in Singapore, and must never allow this to be compromised or taken for granted."
He also urged the public to lend their support to members of the Home Team, who continue to keep watch of the situation and are completing investigations into the incident.
In a separate statement, non-profit organisation Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) has appealed to the public to be mindful not to flame hatred and xenophobia.
It said it was concerned with the harsh comments made online against foreign workers, and urged the public to refrain from such comments, saying otherwise a vicious cycle of hatred could be perpetuated, leading to more violence and further loss.
TWC2 also said it does not condone senseless acts of violence, and hopes to see those responsible for the riot on Sunday night caught and put to justice.