A huge riot broke out in Little India yesterday evening (8 Dec) when a bus had run over and killed a man. Police report that there were about 400 rioters and authorities sent about 300 police to the scene. Police arrested 27 subjects over the incident and it is believed that the riot was not premeditated but rather just sparked off by the fatal accident involving a private bus and a man believed to be an Indian National.
Police were overwhelmed when a rare riot broke out in Singapore on Sunday night, apparently after a Bangladeshi worker in the Little India was hit and killed by a bus. Following the fatal accident a group of over 400 people became very enraged and a riot broke out with a group of men attacking the windshield of the bus with sticks and bins. The incident happened on the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road.
Two friends and I just called Sun TV department at +91 44 4467 6767 and spoke to them because a friend who called earlier told me that they replied very rudely to her when she called. So the 3 of us called them up and asked them how could they sensationalise an inaccurate news in their news report when their channel is one of the most watched channels in the world (statistics) and the person we spoke to conveniently put the blame on 'Reuters' world news and claimed that their news report on Sun News was not a fabrication.
24 people were brought to court this morning (10 Dec) to face charges in relation to rioting on Sunday evening. The case was adjourned until the afternoon. Police had originally arrested 28 people but investigations revealed that some of those originally arrested were not involved in the rioting. The 2 Bangladeshis and the Singapore PR that were arrested were among those released. All 24 of those facing charges are Indian Nationals. The Committee of Inquiry has also found more details about the events that led up to the riot.
The deceased 33 year old construction worker who was killed last night in the accident which sparked the large riot in Little India had apparently gotten stuck under the left rear of the bus after making a scene for being told to get off the full bus. The police have classified the accident as a case of “causing death by a negligent act”. The bus driver, who is a 55 year old Singaporean, is assisting police with investigations. It is reported that the deceased had tried to board the bus but was drunk and the bus was full.
At the PAP party convention over the weekend, the PAP outlined their resolutions going ahead and PM Lee made some sweeping statements about the PAP and Singapore. He indicated that PAP was the best government for Singapore and this is why it has continually been voted in again and again. “Only the PAP can provide this leadership – even the opposition says, ‘don’t worry the PAP will take care of everything, quite safe!’” he boasted.
The Little India Riot has sparked a lot of debate and discussion online with a fair share of racist comments being made. One example that netizens have picked up on was a facebook posting by PAP member Abdul Malik Mohammed Ghazali. He posted on his facebook: Judging from my News Feed on Facebook, the #LittleIndiaRiot has caused a huge wave of anti-foreign worker sentiment. #Ihatebanglas #blackshits
Yesterday evening, a private Singaporean bus driver knocked down and killed a pedestrian in Little India. This sparked a large, angry riot with over 400 people marching through the street shouting, throwing bottles and causing havoc. While it is clear that this fatal accident was what sparked the protest, we can also reflect to see why such an incident could cause such a huge reaction. If everyone was happy with their lives and there was not much stress, an accident such as this would usually result in a few police and an ambulance being called, followed by friends and family of the victim going to the hospital or otherwise mourning and helping authorities take down statements.
According to industry analysts, the number of HDB flats that have been approved for subletting to foreigners has tripled in the last 6 years. This is the case for whole-flat subletting and does not even include the number of flats that let out single rooms to foreigners. This increase in the number of foreign tenants has raised concerns of foreigner enclaves forming in certain HDB estates or even blocks.