Little India riot: Committee to probe cause

Little India riot: Committee to probe cause
The bus that hit construction worker Sakthivel Kumaravelu and a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Red Rhino are among the vehicles damaged in the Little India riot.

SINGAPORE- A committee of inquiry will be set up to investigate the causes of the riot in Little India on Sunday night, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.

"The COI will look into the factors that led to the incident and how the incident was handled on the ground. It will also review the current measures to manage areas where foreign workers congregate, whether they are adequate and how they can be improved.

"MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) will provide more details when ready," he said in a statement.

Referring to the riot as an isolated incident, he said: "The vast majority of foreign workers in Singapore are law-abiding workers.

"They contribute to our economy, working hard to earn a living and support their families back home. We must not allow this bad incident to tarnish our views of the foreign worker community here."

He offered his deepest condolences to the family of Mr Sakthivel Kumaravelu, who was killed in the accident that led to the riot, and urged Singaporeans to remain calm and continue with their daily lives.

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