SINGAPORE - Singaporeans are still in a state of disbelief that a riot by a group of foreigners at Little India actually happened in this relatively trouble-free island late Sunday night.
Bank employee Eugene Leong, 28, said that it was difficult to digest the images of about 200 foreigners attacking several police patrol cars, ambulance, a bus and setting them on fire.
"Its not something that you would think would ever happen, especially in Singapore, as we are famed for our stringent regulations.
"Watching the incident on the news was shocking and scary and now many of us want to know what action will be taken to make sure it doesn't happen again," he said when interviewed along Race Course Road where the rioters ran rampant.
Leong said that while action should be taken against those involved, the government should immediately beef up police presence, especially in areas where there were high number of foreigners.
"Another option that could be looked into is to limit the timings for selling alcohol so that drunkards do not loiter around the shops and later cause trouble," said the 28-year-old.
Investment consultant Davian Sim,30, also said that he was shocked when news broke out about the riot. "We have never heard of such thing happening here and the last major riot were the racial-based ones that occurred in 1969," he said.
He added that the incident was a frightening one that could repeat itself if action was not taken. "The government should study the matter and come up with ways to deal with this.