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New legislation not targeted against Indians: Shanmugam

Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said the new legislation introduced in Parliament on Monday is a temporary measure to supplement the Public Order (Preservation) Act, or POPA, to be used at Little India following the riot in December last year.

SINGAPORE: Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said the latest legislation introduced in Parliament on January 20 is not targeted against Indians.

He said it is a temporary measure with limited scope to supplement the Public Order (Preservation) Act, or POPA, to be used at Little India following the riot in December last year.

Mr Shanmugam said: "If you look at the things it (the temporary measure) allows us to do, what does it do? (It allows us) to deal with the actions (or) conduct which is not quite criminal under POPA."

He said "if a group of people come together and drink and they are creating a sort of nuisance, or even before it gets to that", and the police assess that it could be a nuisance, they can tell the group to move on.

Mr Shanmugam was speaking to the media on Wednesday before touring the Terusan Lodge, a foreign workers' dormitory in Jurong.

He was there to speak to the workers again after several visits to the dorm in December.

A group of journalists from India also joined Mr Shanmugam on the tour to Terusan Lodge. They are in Singapore to see the dorms for themselves and talk to the workers directly.

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