Little India Riots: Could cops have acted faster?

Little India Riots: Could cops have acted faster?




SINGAPORE - I refer to the report, "Police cars overturned, some in flames" (Dec 9, 2013). I was stunned, sad and angry.

I had told my five grandchildren about the riots during the 1960s. I told them that they will never witness any more riots in Singapore because of our strict law enforcement.

Now I have to retract my statements.

How could this happen in Singapore? A man died in a bus accident. It happens on our roads from time to time, but in this case, it escalated into a riot by some foreign workers.

They come here to make a living so they should abide by our laws and not take matters into their own hands.

I think the police were not swift enough to tackle the situation. Police cars were burned and overturned by the rioters. Where were the vehicles with the water cannons?

I wonder why the rioters had all the time to overturn and burn police cars and an ambulance, which was clear from the video footages available.

I think our police commissioner should give us an explanation.

We should also not speculate on this isolated incident. Foreign workers contribute to cleaning our places and building our HDB flats, and they should be appreciated.

I hope the public will refrain from spreading rumours

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