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'Sincere regret' from Vietnam over riots at Singapore-run industrial parks

The Vietnamese government assured Singapore it will take concrete measures to ensure that the unrest that broke out in May at the Singapore-run industrial parks in Binh Duong will not happen again, said Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Grace Fu in Parliament.

SINGAPORE: The Vietnamese government has expressed sincere regret over the unrest that broke out in May at the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks (VSIP I and II) in Binh Duong and have assured Singapore it will take concrete measures to ensure such incidents would not occur again. 

Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Grace Fu told Parliament on Wednesday (July 9) that the Vietnamese government also pledged a full investigation and necessary action against the perpetrators.

In May, three factories in the Singapore-run industrial parks were set on fire as Vietnamese protesters staged anti-China riots. VSIP Binh Duong Industrial Parks 1 and 2 are managed by a unit of Singapore's Sembcorp Industries.

"Singapore Government takes a very serious view on the unrest that broke out at the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks I and II on 13th and 14th May 2014. The VSIPs have long been a symbol of the strong economic cooperation between Singapore and Vietnam and projects endorsed by both governments,” said Ms Fu.

“To this end, we have made representations at various levels to the Vietnamese government to emphasise our strong concerns - the need for the Vietnamese government to provide security and that the violence in discriminate looting and the burning of the Singapore flag at the VSIPs were unacceptable."

Ms Fu added the Vietnamese government has also assured it will provide compensation and due assistance to affected foreign companies, including Singaporean firms. She said Singapore will continue to work with the Vietnamese government to ensure that the interests of Singaporean companies and investors in Vietnam are protected.

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