Five Indians tell tabla! what needs to be done to bring the buzz back to the area after the recent riot.
"Little India is resilient. I believe the buzz will return soon. What happened is serious and should be given due attention.
The large majority of the Indian population that frequents Little India will return, confident that all parties concerned would act as expected from now on. The foreign workers will be restrained and relatively dispersed, the authorities will take action to control alcohol sale and visitors who come for shopping will take heart that normalcy has returned. After the first few weeks, I do not think that additional policing is required. Activity spots to disperse the workers should be implemented.
Processes to react quickly to any future incidents should be in place. Officers should be trained to handle workers effectively and to be able to communicate well with them to build confidence. Cheap alcohol sale should be controlled since it has proliferated significantly in the last few years. It is my belief that Indian workers are largely well behaved.
They have respect for the law and follow the rules of Singapore. Most are aware that they are here for their livelihood and would not want to jeopardise their continued stay here. They know that Singapore offers one of the best options in terms of pay, training and environment."
- CEO of SINDA T. Raja Segar
"As it is said, every cloud has a silver lining. So too is the case with the incident that occurred in Little India, a week ago. In the midst of the introspection that is going on, immediate attention must be paid to the area being returned to its hive of economic activity and social interaction.
One action that could be taken is to reduce the number of foreign workers congregating around the Tekka Market/Race Course Road areas. Other areas such as the Jalan Besar/Tessensohn Road areas could be opened up. With suitable amenities provided, such as benches and tables, moneychanging facilities etc, some of the workers might be attracted to these less-crowded areas. This would also provide opportunities for social groups in these areas to interact with the workers by organising activities such as cricket and football.