MPs call for restrictions near homes instead of imposing blanket alcohol ban
- POSTED: 16 Dec 2013 22:16
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Two Members of Parliament said there is no need for a total alcohol ban at Little India. But the ban, they say, should remain in public areas near homes.
SINGAPORE: Two Members of Parliament said there is no need for a total alcohol ban at Little India.
But the ban, they say, should remain in public areas near homes.
The cooling measures last weekend had worked to curb common problems faced by residents in Little India – there was no littering, no noise pollution, and no reports of drunks.
MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC Denise Phua said: "The root cause (of the problems) is a big congregation (of people) coming together. Not all will create riots but there will be some who invariably create disamenities... so solving it at the root cause is important.
"I think it's only fair that the common living areas of the residents, for example the playground, are reserved for the residents and visitors' communal living."
MP for Sembawang GRC Vikram Nair has suggested banning drinking in public areas.
Mr Nair, who is also a member of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Home Affairs and Law, said: “I think some of the things that might work would be the places where people can consume alcohol, which areas they don't mind people drinking in, and which areas you definitely don't want them in.
"Countries like the UK, Australia and so on, they prohibit drinking along the streets, so these are different measures you can do that are sort of intermediate without a complete ban.”
There are also suggestions to have foreign workers meet in places which are away from residential areas.
Ms Phua said: "Who says there needs to be only one Little India in the whole of Singapore, or Little Thailand or China? We could think about creating some of these meeting places away from the residents and allow for the recreational and social needs of the workers to be addressed."
Police said they are reviewing the longer-term measures for Little India for the coming weekend and beyond.
They said they have considered factors like the situation in Little India over the last weekend, and the interests of all affected parties.
Police said more details of the measures will be announced soon.