Little India Riot: Police release boundaries for ban of sale & consumption of alcohol

Little India Riot: Police release boundaries for ban of sale & consumption of alcohol
In addition to suspending the sale and consumption of alcohol, the police will be declaring Little India a proclaimed area under the Public Order (Preservation) Act.

The Singapore Police Force, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Public Transport Council (PTC) will be introducing "cooling-off measures" to enable the different communities affected by the recent riot in Little India time and space to recover.

The police, in consultation with the Liquor Licensing Board, will be suspending the sale and consumption of alcohol at Little India and its surrounding vicinity, from 6am on Saturday (Dec 14) to 6am on Monday (Dec 16).

According to a joint statement from the different government agencies, the suspension of alcohol sales and consumption is necessary to calm and stabilise the situation at Little India following last Sunday's riot and to prevent further public order incidents from occurring.

This will also allow the police to assess the next steps in consultation with the various stakeholders for a more permanent intervention to ensure that a repeat of last Sunday's riot does not occur, and to restore a sense of safety and security for residents, shop keepers, visitors and other stakeholders in the area.

The suspension of alcohol sales will affect about 374 stakeholders and establishments such as liquor shops, restaurants, hotels, pubs, coffee shops and convenience stores in Little India and its surrounding vicinity, which includes areas such as Mackenzie Road, Race Course Road, Farrer Park Road and Petain Road.

Affected establishments have been informed of the suspension.

The police will deploy officers to conduct enforcement checks on outlets within the affected areas to deter breaches.

Establishments found to be selling alcohol during this suspension period will be liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000 on conviction, on top of liquor licensing consequences.

In addition to suspending the sale and consumption of alcohol, the police will be declaring Little India a proclaimed area under the Public Order (Preservation) Act.

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