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.
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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.
There are a few reactions to the riot and all quite different though most of us never really support the violent riot. I am thankful that the mob never really attack bystanders nearby - that will be a even worse national disaster. Many people agreed that our migrant workers are a mistreated lot and mostly exploited by our malicious employers out to milk whatever that is left in our foreign workers. Many work long hours under tortuous conditions at a mere pittance so that their family members back home can live better lives.
I refer to "Abrupt End to Kovan City Trade Fair" and "NEA Stops Workers Party Event at Trade Fairs" The year-end fair at Kovan City in Aljunied GRC came to an abrupt end on Wednesday (4 Dec), with NEA applying a summons against the organizer, Events Business Management (EBM) on Monday (2 Dec). NEA has accused EBM of operating the event without a licence. NEA said in a statement, “The operator will be required to attend court in due course.”
The recent riots by foreign Indian workers in Serangoon road is the flip side of the success of Singapore's education. Our kids scored among the highest in the world for Math and Science, according to a study commissioned by the OECD. Click the link for more details. Some of you may be scratching your heads on how a riot by foreign workers has something to do with our education system.
Eight major technology companies have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter Monday to President Barack Obama arguing for reforms in the way the U.S. snoops on people. The companies, which include Google, Facebook and Twitter, said that while they sympathize with national security concerns, recent revelations make it clear that laws should be carefully tailored to balance them against individual rights.