- POSTED: 15 Dec 2013 22:29
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Scores of foreign workers sought alternatives to a weekend jaunt at Little India on Sunday after the riot in the area last week.
SINGAPORE: Scores of foreign workers sought alternatives to a weekend jaunt at Little India on Sunday after the riot in the area last week.
Many of them opted to stay within their dormitories after they were advised to avoid going to Little India.
Activities were arranged to keep the workers occupied as they engaged in leisurely pursuits where they stayed.
For those who enjoy a song and dance, a concert to mark International Migrants Day brought foreign workers a piece of home away from home.
But there were those who preferred some peace and quiet, like Raj Manikandan.
The 32-year-old construction worker heads to Little India about once a month, mainly to remit earnings to his mother and two brothers back home in Tamil Nadu.
Like many of his peers, Raj was advised not to visit the area a week after the riot there.
He said the best time to go is during the weekdays when there are fewer people.
Raj spent Sunday catching up on the news back home.
Some of his peers chose to watch cricket while others took the time to get fit at the gym, or engaged in leisurely pursuits at their dormitories.
At one of the dormitory in Mandai, workers of different nationalities mix and engage in communal activities such as pool, carrom or even table tennis.
Elsewhere, shuttle service providers ferrying foreign workers to and from Jurong noticed a 10 per cent increase in passengers.
Some foreign workers took the chance to have a drink in the vicinity of Jurong Point mall with Little India being a non-alcohol zone for the weekend.
In addition, the Ang Mo Kio Police Division expanded its foreign worker engagement initiative to reach more people within its jurisdiction.
The initiative educates workers on community issues to raise awareness on crime prevention.