PETALING JAYA - A Malaysian national has been detained for investigation over possible involvement in Sunday night's riot in Singapore's Little India.
A statement Tuesday from the Foreign Ministry said it was informed of this by the High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore.
It added that mission has also been informed "unofficially" by the Singapore Police Command Post that five auxiliary police personnel, who are Malaysians with permanent resident status in the island state, suffered minor injuries while assisting Singapore police in handling the riot.
"The five Malaysians are working with three major security firms employed by the government of Singapore to assist the Singapore police in its operation," the Wisma Putra statement said.
The High Commission, it added, will render the necessary consular assistance to the affected Malaysians in coordination with the authorities of Singapore.
The ministry also stressed that it has frequently reminded Malaysians visiting, working or residing overseas to respect the laws of their host countries just as Malaysians expected foreigners residing here to abide by the nation's laws.
It was reported that 27 South Asian men were arrested over the riot, which was triggered when an Indian worker was run over and killed by a private bus at the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road.
According to Singapore's Straits Times, of those detained, 24 were Indian nationals, two were Bangladeshi nationals and one a Singaporean permanent resident.