Little India Riot: Bus ferry service ban among 'cooling off' measures

Little India Riot: Bus ferry service ban among 'cooling off' measures

SINGAPORE - Details of the boundaries of a temporary ban on selling and consuming alcohol in the Little India area this weekend were released by police yesterday.

The suspension - which takes effect from 6am tomorrow to 6am on Monday - will affect some 374 stakeholders and establishments in Little India and the surrounding vicinity.

These include areas such as MacKenzie Road, Race Course Road, Farrer Park and Petain Road.

Affected establishments will include liquor shops, restaurants, hotels, pubs, coffee shops and convenience shops.

The police said these businesses have been informed of the suspension. Officers will be deployed to conduct enforcement checks on outlets within the affected areas.

Little India has also been declared a "proclaimed area" under the Public Order Preservation Act. This will allow police officers to take action against anyone consuming alcohol in the area, including seizing the alcohol.

The Land Transport Authority and the Public Transport Council will also temporarily suspend the 25 Little India bus services run by private bus operators on Sunday. This is to "enable the community to cool off and reflect on what happened".

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday that Singaporeans have reacted calmly to Sunday's riot, even though they were understandably shocked. Speaking to reporters from Seoul, he called for continued restraint.

"The anxiety and the alarm are quite understandable but if we express ourselves in unrestrained, unreserved terms and sometimes xenophobic terms even - on the Internet you've seen quite a lot of those - I don't think that is helpful," he said.

Four more Indian nationals were charged in court yesterday afternoon for their alleged involvement in the riot, bringing the total number of accused persons to 31.

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