Little India’s residents have voiced concerns about overcrowding and disamenities in the area caused by weekend crowds, rowdy and drunken behaviour and bad traffic (“Make Little India a better place”, March 30, 2012; “Little India to match the rest of the country”, April 20, 2012; “Jaywalking and honking in Little India must stop” and “Little India: Residents know better”, April 28, 2012).
Singapore People’s Party releases statement on the riot at Little India and the subsequent temporarily ban on alcohol at Little India the weekend. The SPP salutes our brave law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line during the riot of 8th December, which was the first in Singapore since 1969. We wish the injured officers and victims a speedy recovery.
American and British intelligence operations have been spying on gamers across the world, media outlets reported, saying that the world’s most powerful espionage agencies sent undercover agents into virtual universes to monitor activity in online fantasy games such as World of Warcraft. Stories carried yesterday (Dec 9) by The New York Times, the Guardian, and ProPublica said United States and United Kingdom spies have spent years trawling online games for terrorists or informants.
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.
Singaporeans expected a response from the government on the Little India riot and Minister of Transport Lui Tuck Yew offered a quick one. According to the PAP magazine, [link] Tuck Yew, who is also the MP of the Moulmein-Kallang GRC which covers Little India, announced his preventive solutions for another unanticipated riot in his area.
With the recent riot in Little India, with the police and politicians keep repeating that rioting is not the "Singapore Way". What is the "Singapore Way"? The 'Singapore Way' that is now becoming a fact of life is exploitation, addiction to permanent cheap labour, wayang, high rentals and connections. Singapore is a society that is more addicted to cheap labour than a drug addict on heroin. Look at your own homes. Many households have maids working for them at about $450 per month, 7 days a week from 7am - 11pm.
The past few days has been a blur and Singapore endured its first riot in almost 40 years. 400 individuals rioted at Little India after a private bus hit and killed an Indian national. Amidst the flurry of updates from the authorities, many Singaporeans have gone on a soul searching mission, to find out the underlying cause for this riot. The most popular speculation of which is the dissatisfaction of workers over their poor working conditions and pay. Rather than add to the already multitude of speculations, I would like to bring to your attention two glimmers of hope that emerged from this carnage.
There will be a complete ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol this weekend in the Race Course Road area where a riot broke out in Little India on Sunday night. Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran told reporters on Monday evening that details of the ban, such as exactly what time it will apply and what geographical area it will cover, will be worked out by the police.
Ok so at a very technical/ genetic level, they are humans. But I am not talking technically here. My point is they are not the ‘same kind’ of humans we are. They have different cultural and moral bearings and these differences need to be acknowledged so that we can decide how to deal with this group of people. To show you the differences, am going to highlight four main areas in which these indians/banglas differ from us.